I've had polymer clay in my craft stash for years, but I haven't used it in forever. After seeing some of my bloggy friends use it for different projects lately, I knew it would be the perfect medium to try to create faux agate.
I used a pearly white and silver, along with turquoise and two shades of blue.
I kneaded the clay in my hands and then rolled it into balls.
I used a marker to flatten the clay. (What can I say? I don't have any fancy clay working tools.)
I then rolled the flattened white clay into a tube shape. I wrapped the different colors around the white tube and rolled the tube into a thin snake. This is when I just started experimenting. I cut the clay snake into pieces and cut some of the pieces in half. I rolled some of them out. I cut small sections of the snake and then flattened the end with my thumb.
I ended up with different swirly pieces of clay with different patterns. I used a circular-shaped cookie cutter to cut out my clay.
I baked the clay according to the package directions.
After the clay cooked and cooled, I used a gold paint marker to color the edges and back of the clay circles.
Since agate is shiny, I covered the unpainted part of the clay with a layer of Dimensional Magic.
I used super glue to glue earring posts to the back of the clay circles.
And then just as an extra precaution, I covered the gold paint with a layer of gloss Mod Podge.
I love how each pair of earrings is unique.
I can't wait to think of more uses for this faux agate, and I look forward to working with polymer clay again.