Polymer Clay Embellished Pillow
Step-by-step instructions for decorating a pillow using polymer clay.
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Project by Barbara McGuire.
Materials and Tools:
trim to match
Jacquard printable silk or cotton
CarbOthello pastel colored pencils
copier or scanner
computer and printer/scanner
Premo polymer clay: silver, gold
Art Forward artifact frame stamp
PolyForm Stamplet Asian Kit: Chinese icon stamp
StazOn ink: brown
work surface or card stock
2-part epoxy or Crafter’s Pic Ultimate
* A patchwork pillow or a pillow with a middle section. Ours came from Pier One Imports.
1. Size clipart to 8" x 10" or desired printable area.
2. Color clipart with colored pencils, smudging pastels to shade light to dark.
3. Copy colored art on computer using scanner and print colored image on fabric. Note: If you don’t have a scanner, take the colored clipart and the printable fabric to a copy center and ask them to copy the image to the fabric. Fabric is adhered to paper to enable it to run through printer.
4. Release fabric from paper backing and apply light coat of fabric glue to pillow where fabric should be attached (figure B).
5. Adhere fabric to pillow and smooth.
6. Attach trim with fabric glue to cover edges of image.
7. Mix half the gold and half the silver clay to make a taupe color.
8. Prepare to create embellishments by conditioning and rolling the taupe clay into a 1/8-inch-thick sheet (Atlas Pasta machine #1).
9. Ink Chinese icon stamp with brown ink and press randomly into clay sheet, covering entire sheet (figure D).
10. Ink artifact frame stamp with brown ink and press stamp into the previously stamped sheet. The frame stamp outlines and borders the design.
11. Cut the outline of the artifact frame stamp with the craft blade (figure F).
12. Bake according to manufacturer's instructions.
Denise Graham creates unique three-dimensional "paintings" using her polymer clay.