Electric Leopard Liquid Polymer Clay Donut Tutorial

Electric Leopard Polymer Clay Donut
Electric Leopard Polymer Clay Donut

In this polymer clay donut tutorial, we'll be using tinted translucent liquid clay to create a striking, faux dichroic donut pendant.

You can switch up the colors and shapes to create lots of unique designs using this simple and effective technique, so have fun playing around with it.

You will need the following supplies:

  • Black polymer clay
  • Translucent liquid clay (Fimo)
  • Alcohol ink (honey comb, amethyst)
  • #3 6cm Donut cutter
  • Micro circle cutters
  • Mini circle cutters or Kemper Cutters
  • A tissue blade
  • A pasta machine
  • An oven
  • A craft knife
  • A brush
  • Silver leaf
  • A texture (abstract animal print)
  • Mica powder (Egyptian gold, Persian purple)
  • Deli paper
  • Sandpaper/ Polishing Papers
  • A buffing wheel
  • Renaissance wax
  • Ice Resin
  • Resin mat
  • Large holed silver bead
  • Black rats tail cord
  • Cord ends
  • Clasp
  • Jumprings
  • Pliers

How to Make Electric Leopard Liquid Polymer Clay Donuts Step by Step

Creating the Frame
  • To start with, you will need a sheet of black Premo polymer clay rolled out to about 1mm thick.
  • Cover with a sheet of deli paper and burnish it onto your baking tile.
  • Next you will need a donut cutter. I am using the 6cm donut#3 from JessamaDesign.
  • Cut out a donut from your black clay, then use your craft knife to cut a squiggly border around the outside and the inside edge.
  • Next you will need some small circle cutters. I am using small kemper cutters and micro circles.
  • Use your cutters to cut out some circles of various sizes from your donut.
  • Remove the excess donut clay so that you leave the circles, the middle and the outside behind on your tile. (See the video)
  • Use your small circle cutters to cut the middle out of each of the dots on your tile. (See the video)
  • Remove the centers and the outside so that you are left with a frame. (See the video)
  • Set aside.
Adding the Liquid Polymer Clay
  • Today I will be using Fimo translucent liquid clay, because it dries the clearest without the help of a heat gun.
  • Squeeze out two good puddles of Fimo Gel.
  • Add two drops of Honeycomb alcohol ink to one puddle, and two drops of Amethyst alcohol ink into the other. Mix together with a toothpick.
  • Bring over your frame and spend some time cleaning up the edges.
  • Use a small paint brush to fill all of your small holes with the Honeycomb liquid clay.
  • Fill the rest of the frame with the Amethyst liquid clay.
  • Bake for half an hour hour at the recommended temperature.
Preparing the Polymer Clay Donut Backing
  • Roll out another sheet of black Premo clay to 1mm thick.
  • Texture using a stamp of your choice. I am using my Abstract Animal Print.
  • Brush some gold and purple mica powder over the texture using a soft brush.
  • Turn the clay over and cover with a sheet of silver leaf.
  • Stretch gently using your fingers to create a crackle.
Putting the Donut Together
  • Use a brush to paint a circle of Fimo gel onto the silver leaf side of the backing where you want to place the donut.
  • Press the donut on.
  • Use your craft knife to trim around the outside, and inside of the donut.
  • Bake for an hour at the recommended temperature.
Finishing off the Electric Leopard Polymer Clay Donut
  • Use black clay to finish off the edges of your donut using the Jessama Smear technique.
  • Bake for another 20 minutes.
  • Use polishing papers to sand the back, sides and front to remove any extra mica powders. Sand from around a 400 to 2000 grit.
  • Continue sanding the back up to your 8000 grit.
  • Buff using a soft cloth or a rotary tool if you have one.
  • Add a light layer of Renaissance wax to the back and buff again.
  • Cover the front of the donut with Ice Resin and leave to cure for 12 to 24 hours. (See the video for the process.)
  • Knot a piece of cord through your donut. I am using Rat's tail Satin cord.
  • Thread on a large silver bead.
  • Attach a cord end to either end of the cord and attach a clasp using jump rings.
And that's how to make Electric Leopard liquid polymer clay donuts! I hope you enjoyed that tutorial.

Electric Leopard Liquid Polymer Clay Donut Tutorial

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