Cracklathon : Polymer Clay Crackle Course

Welcome to my 30 Day Cracklathon with polymer clay. I'll be creating a different polymer clay crackle veneer every day for a whole month. I'll be showing everything from basic clay crackles all the way through to more complex mixed media crackles.There are lots of beautiful veneers and projects to look forward to, so let's get started.


Polymer clay frosted glass crackle

Cracklathon Day 1: frosted glass polymer clay crackle

Polymer clay frosted glass crackle

Welcome to Day One.

Today I'll be using Kroma Crackle with black paint to create a beautiful frosted polymer clay crackle. Be sure to play around with different color paints and clay for a completely different look each time. I'll also demonstrate an easy way to use the crackle in a project. You can use this project design with any crackle in the Cracklathon.


Polymer clay metal leaf and foil crackle

Cracklathon Day 2: metal leaf and foil polymer clay crackle

Polymer clay metal leaf and foil crackle

Welcome to Day Two.

In day two of the polymer clay cracklathon I'll go through the basics of using metal leaf and foil. I'll include as many tips and tricks as I can to help you get the best result possible when using foil and metal leaf.

This is a basic tutorial, but we will be doing more complex tutorials later in the course with foil and metal leaf, so practice the tips and tricks now, so that later it's super easy to use.


Dry polymer clay crackle

Cracklathon Day 3: Dry polymer clay crackle

Dry polymer clay crackle

Welcome to Day Three.

In day three of the polymer clay cracklathon I'll show you how to create a polymer clay crackle with just a pasta machine, polymer clay and some plain printing paper.

This is a great technique for those who don't have the various mixed media often used to create crackles. It's simple, easy and doesn't require many materials. I'll be exploring this technique more in depth further along in the course, so keep a look out for that.


99% alcohol polymer clay crackle

Cracklathon Day 4: 99% Alcohol polymer clay crackle

99% alcohol polymer clay crackle

Welcome to Day Four.

Today I'll be teaching a polymer clay crackle using alcohol inks, polymer clay and most importantly 99% isopropyl alcohol.

This is another great technique for those who don't have a lot of specific supplies, as the isopropyl alcohol technique can be applied to many different veneers, ranging from plain metallic clay to Mokume Gane. This is another foundation technique that we'll be exploring further later on in the course.


Heat gun polymer clay crackle

Cracklathon Day 5: Heat Gun polymer clay crackle

Heat gun polymer clay crackle

Welcome to Day five.

In day five of the polymer clay cracklathon I'll show you how to create a polymer clay crackle with a heatgun. This is one of the more challenging of the crackle techniques as it only takes a second to over cure the clay. I demonstrate this in the tutorial.

The key to a great crackle is a heatgun (a hair dryer won't do) 5 seconds of warm up time for the heatgun before letting it near the clay and most of all practice. Use some old leftover clay to practice.


Martha Stewart Paint polymer clay crackle

Cracklathon Day 6: Martha Stewart Paint polymer clay crackle

Martha Stewart Paint polymer clay crackle

Welcome to Day six.

In day six of the polymer clay cracklathon I'll show you how to create a polymer clay crackle effect using Martha Stewart Paints. Some brands of paint will crackle on polymer clay while others won't, so be sure to check the brand you want to try before creating a large veneer.

This is great technique for those who have a lot of paint and like a multi colored crackle. Try out different colors or even play around with some patterns for a different effect each time.


Mica Shift polymer clay crackle

Cracklathon Day 7: Mica shift polymer clay crackle

Mica Shift polymer clay crackle

Welcome to Day seven.

In day seven of the polymer clay cracklathon I'll show you how to create a polymer clay crackle effect without crackling the clay. Some might call this a cheat, but it works really well and is great for those who don't have a lot of supplies.

It's also a great start for beginners as a mica shift is what I'd call one of the easiest polymer clay techniques to create. All you need is a crackle stamp. You could also press your own crackle pattern into the clay by hand if you wanted.


Vintage Metal Leaf Polymer clay crackle

Cracklathon Day 8: Vintage Metal Leaf polymer clay crackle

Vintage Metal Leaf Polymer clay crackle

Welcome to Day Eight.

Today I'll be using metal leaf and alcohol inks to create this vintage looking polymer clay crackle veneer. Keep in mind that depending on the alcohol inks you use you can create vintage or colorful veneers.

This is a fun, easy technique and is a step up from just putting metal leaf on polymer clay. Play around with the color of metal leaf and the backing clay for a different effect each time.


Iceberg Polymer clay crackle

Cracklathon Day 9: Iceberg polymer clay crackle

Iceberg Polymer clay crackle

Welcome to Day nine.

Today I'll be using Kroma Crackle again to create this beautiful polymer clay crackle veneer with alcohol inks. We’ll apply the Kroma Crackle, let it dry, then apply the alcohol inks and rub away the Kroma Crackle. It’s well worth the effort.

As I show in this tutorial you can also use different colors of alcohol ink to create a different veneer every time. It's a fun technique and comes out with a stunning effect.


Antiqued Polymer clay crackle

Cracklathon Day 10: Antiqued polymer clay crackle

Antiqued Polymer clay crackle

Welcome to Day ten.
 
Today I'll be using a crackle paste and some pastels to create this striking polymer clay crackle. Keep in mind that you can also use Kroma Crackle for this technique.

You can also use the heat gun crackle technique for this so be sure to play around with it. Try out different colors of pastels or mica powders for a different look each time.


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