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Faux Leather Clay by arteesvida
December 11, 2006, 1:27 am
Filed under: Clay Jewelry, Rubber Stamping

Use polymer clay and paint to fake a gorgeous tooled leather pendent!


Polymer clay in copper

Acrylic paint in burnt umber

Old paintbrush or toothbrush

Polymer clay dedicated tools for rolling and trimming clay

Polymer clay dedicated toaster oven

Rubber stamp (mounted or unmounted) with a fairly simple image

Non-yellowing acrylic sealer

Black silk cord for stringing pendent

Condition and roll out polymer clay to a fairly thick setting (1/8th to 1/4 of an inch). Impress your stamp into the clay to create the tooled leather image. (Note: The stamp I used was an unmounted stamp sent to me by a friend. I don’t know which brand it is, but if you recognize it please drop me a line and let me know so I can properly credit the artist and company that made it.)

Trim the excess clay from around the image and smooth and rough spots or fingerprints. Add a hole in the top for stringing.

Bake according to clay manufacturer’s directions.

Once the clay is cured and cooled, use an old paintbrush or tooth brush to rub paint (you can thin it slightly with water if it is very thick) into the crevices of the image. Wipe off excess paint, leaving the pigment mostly in the recessed areas of the pendent. This will create that slightly “burned” effect of leather tooling.

After the paint is dry, finish with a non-yellowing acrylic sealer.

You can also use this technique to make fabulous cuff bracelets and other leather-look gear! Although not as flexible as leather, it is a very inexpensive alternative and a very easy process!

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