You may be wondering, What even are polymer clay plaques?
Plaques are those little, round, flat bubbles that appear in translucent polymer clay after baking. They’re really annoying when you want a clear look. (They’re also present in colored clay, we just can’t see them.)
A couple of benefits to plaques is they can give realism to faux stone and can even be a design element, themselves.
I saw this bowl by Ruth Winchester of Doodle Pippin and immediately wanted to share it with you. The plaques in the translucent layer on the back give an overall speckled appearance that makes it far more interesting than if they weren’t there. Ruth didn’t intend for the plaques to be there, but she also liked the look of them once she saw them.
I don’t know a sure-fire way of preventing plaques (they’re not trapped air due to poor conditioning). So when you can’t prevent them, why not use them as a feature?
Watercolor Agate in polymer clay, perfect for earrings!
This marbled, swirling, effect is illustrated in many variations over 70 pages, using many different media, each with its own effects.
Tutorial plus Templates
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Polymer clay Earrings with Shape Templates
Learn tricks for handling the clay, working neatly, and making strong earrings. Includes info on backs, sanding, and assembling.