Faux Glass Polymer Clay Tutorial

Learn to make faux Roman Glass, sea glass, Czech glass, and carnival glass from polymer clay with this tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree.

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Do you love to make jewelry but can’t afford premium beads? Do you feel limited by the same old things at the bead store and long for new shapes and colors? Are you a polymer clay artist looking for a new technique to spark your imagination? Do you want a project to use with translucent Pardo Art Clay?  I’ve got the answer for you. The Faux Glass Effects in Polymer Clay Tutorial, is now available!!

Oh gosh, I sound like someone on a late night infomercial. Prepare to be amazed! Buy now!

But seriously, I’m really excited about this polyclay tutorial and I really do think it’s the neatest thing since sliced bread. Why is it so great? Well let me tell you about it.

The Faux Glass Effects Tutorial uses translucent polymer clay to create five different projects, each evoking the look of a different type of glass effect. There’s a faux Roman glass. Faux carnival glass. Faux Czech glass beads. Yes, of course, some faux sea glass. And finally an Aurora Dome pendant project. All projects in this tutorial use translucent polymer clay and three of the projects use the special transparent clay qualities that you can create with Pardo art clay. That’s five fun and engaging processes in one tutorial.

Faux Roman Glass Shards

Roman glass and moonstone earrings by Nikki Zehler of Love Root.
Earrings made with antique Roman Glass shards by Nikki Zehler of Love Root on Etsy. Image used courtesy of the artist.

Roman glass is really, really old glass from Roman times that’s been buried for the past thousand (or more!) years. Being in the ground that long, the minerals of the earth work magic on it and create a wonderful crusty patina with an iridescent shimmer. Because of the really great luminous way that light plays on Roman glass, jewelers have begun to use it in assemblage and rustic jewelry. I’ve compiled a great collection of jewelry on Etsy which uses Roman glass. You can see them here in my Favorites list. Aren’t they wonderful? Check out these earrings by Nikki Zehler of Love Root. That is some gorgeousness!

Of course, real Roman glass is rare and pretty special. It’s also pretty expensive. So I put on my polymer clay thinking cap and came up with a way to create at least a simulation of Roman glass with polymer clay. I think I developed a pretty good effect. And that’s one of the five Faux Glass Effects in the tutorial. And here’s the faux Roman Glass that I made with the technique that I teach in the tutorial.

Faux Roman Glass made from polymer clay.

Faux Roman glass made from polymer clay by The Blue Bottle Tree.
Faux Roman glass, made from polymer clay with the Faux Glass Effects Polymer Clay Tutorial.

And here’s a wrap bracelet that I made with my faux Roman Glass. It really does give the appearance of the real thing!

Translucent polymer clay is used to make faux Roman Glass by The Blue Bottle Tree.

Faux Czech Glass Beads

If you’re a beader or jewelry maker, I don’t need to tell you what Czech glass is. Coming in a dizzying array of colors and shapes, Czech glass doesn’t really have a strict definition beyond country of origin. But to many of us it means brightly colored, pressed glass beads that are often accented with gold. I chose that particular idea as my inspiration for making faux Czech glass beads. Using polymer clay, I developed a process which produces delightfully colorful beads in your choice of colors, patterns, and sizes. I include baking instructions to get the clear effect and show you step by step how to get results that, as the readers on my Facebook page kept telling me, look good enough to eat!

A collection of Faux Czech Glass Beads made from polymer clay by The Blue Bottle Tree.

Faux Czech glass beads made from polymer clay with the tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree.

Faux Carnival Glass

When I go to antique stores, my eyes are always drawn to the Carnival Glass. It’s a type of pressed glass, often found in vases and bowls, that is coated with an iridescent finish. It comes in a wide range of colors, but what’s really fun is the rainbow of shimmery colors that form on the surface.

I think this project was the most fun. It’s pretty error-free and I had great fun making lots of shimmery, iridescent color combinations. See what you think.

Shiny, iridescent faux carnival glass made from polymer clay with the Faux Glass Effects Tutorial by The Blue Bottle Tree.Polymer clay is used to create these iridescent faux carnival glass beads by The Blue Bottle Tree.

Faux Sea Glass

True sea glass is not made by man, it’s found. When discarded glass is worn smooth by the waves, the effect is truly magical. Everyone loves to collect sea glass when they go to the beach, right? Well it’s really gorgeous in jewelry. But what if you can’t find matching pieces? Or what if you want a specific size and shape? Well then it’s time to make your own. There are lots of ways to make faux sea glass from translucent polymer clay. This is my way. I give you 20 color recipes for different colors and show how to get a range of shades from those recipes. I show you how to shape it and how to bake it so that the glass effect is realistic. You can make a pile of “beach stones” to sit in a bowl on your table or you can drill holes in them to make all kinds of jewelry. The possibilities are endless. I even think these little faux sea glass nuggets would be fantastic glued to a piece of glass to make a suncatcher. Hmm…I just thought of that.

Faux sea glass made from polymer clay using the Faux Glass Tutorial from Ginger Davis Allman.


Faux sea glass made from polymer clay using the Faux Glass Tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree.


Aurora Dome Pendants

These little beauties are a lot of fun. I wish I had more hours in the day because I want to make more of them. I got the idea for the name because of the coating on a lot of Czech beads, called an AB finish. That’s short for Aurora Borealis, which is the real name for Northern Lights. I have always wanted to see them, but never have, so they hold a magical power over me. When I saw how the colors of these domes can shimmer and glow and one color flows into the next, I just had to use the word “aurora” in the title. And they’re a dome. So…Aurora Dome.

Oh…and they’re hollow. So they won’t knock you in the chin when you bend over. They’re very lightweight and of course since you’re making your own, you can make them in colors that you want. I’m all about blue northern lights, myself. Wouldn’t that be so cool? Anyway, this is the fifth technique in the Faux Glass Effects Tutorial.

Aurora Domes, an iridescent hollow dome pendant by The Blue Bottle Tree

 About the Faux Glass Effects Polymer Clay Tutorial

Oh yes, this polymer clay tutorial is 73 pages long. There are 121 photographs. You’ll need some Pardo Translucent Art Clay for the Roman glass, sea glass, and Czech glass if you want to get super clear, results (though Premo will work it’ll just be less transparent). But you need to use Premo or Fimo translucent polymer clay to make the carnival glass and Aurora Domes. I give a resources section which includes sources. It’s comprehensive. It’s detailed. And it’s laid out so, so nicely thanks to my talented husband.

While I do list this as an intermediate to advanced level tutorial, it’s only the faux Roman glass that really warrants it and then only because it’ll likely take you a bit of practice to get it looking the way you want. And getting the translucent Pardo art clay to behave nicely will take some careful patience. But I did write this tutorial with beginners in mind so everything is explained thoroughly. And if you’re new to polymer clay and coming from another craft medium, I wrote an informational primer called Getting Up to Speed in Polymer Clay. It fills you in enough to get you “up to speed” enough to have success with this tutorial.

So enough of all that. Buy my translucent polymer clay tutorial here! You’re gonna love it!

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  6. Read the tut from front to back and can’t wait till I get a chance to try it. It will have to wait till I get back from vacation *heavy sigh* … Also looks like I will have to order some Pardo to get the really good looks. I tried Pardo when it first came out and was not at all happy with it. It felt so funny and after baking was so brittle it broke if you just looked at it. I understand that the formula has changed since and I will have to keep up with the rest of the clay world.
    I heard via the internet grapevine that some Hobby Lobby stores are carrying it again – just have time to check it out before I have to fly off.

    1. I’m off to Hobby Lobby in a minute to check my local store. I’ve worked with Pardo a lot and I’ve never had it be brittle. In fact, it’s tough as nails. Fairly flexible, but not like Premo. In fact, thin sheets of it, baked hot, come out feeling exactly like milk jug material. You know the thin pieces I’ve done? There is no way I could break or tear those. And the recent faux glass? That stuff is really tough. Hockey pucks, LOL! And I don’t want to hear *heavy sigh* when you’re off to vacation. A vacation sounds utterly heavenly to me. Where you headed?

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