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Ridiculously Easy Faux Malachite With Polymer Clay by arteesvida
December 23, 2006, 5:44 pm
Filed under: Clay Jewelry

I received a bit of scrap jelly roll cane that got me thinking….this has some serious malachite potentional! You don’t have to use a whole cane for this project…it is a great way to use the trimmed ends and smushed bits!

Leftover green and white jelly roll cane

Cutting tool or blade

Clay dedicated pasta machine or acrylic roller

Needle, toothpick, or awl

Non-yellowing acrylic sealer

Slice off about 1/8th of an inch of your jelly roll cane, and with your pasta machine on #2 setting, run it through to warp and distort the cane. You can also do this with an acrylic roller if you don’t have a clay-dedicated pasta machine. It takes a bit more work, but you will also achieve some more natural variations by hand rolling!

Fold the clay in half and run it back through your pasta machine. Fold in half again and repeat.

After these three passes, the green and white will have blended enough to recreate the various shades of green found in malachite.

To form your beads, fold the clay in to the shape you want (instead of rolling it, which can muddy up your layers). If you want the final bead to be round, fold it to shape first then round off the edges gently with the palms of your hand.

Pierce the clay to make bead holes, and bake according to clay manufacturers’ directions.

Seal with a non-yellowing acrylic sealer, and let dry completely before stringing!

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