Skill level: beginner to advanced.
The tutorial explains how to use
your own hand-made Wonder Stamps for two more polymer clay techniques: Mokume Gane and Faux Carving.
While Mokume Gane for polymer clay is a well-known technique, the use of Wonder Stamps brings it to the new level. Following this tutorial, you will be able to create elaborate unique Mokume Gane designs in an easy and controlled manner. No more dependence on commercially-available stamps and no more awkward blade bending!
As for the Faux Carving, this is my own technique, first described in a Fall Leaf Pendants
tutorial (also available on this site). Wonder Stamps greatly expand the possibilities for this technique, because you are no longer limited by simple and time-consuming cuts done by hand.
This tutorial is written in a new, more user-friendly, format. It includes:
- Nineteen pages of very detailed explanations about using Wonder Stamps for Mokume Gane and Faux Carving;
- Almost fifty close-up full-color photos;
- Detailed discussion of tools and materials;
- Additional tips and tricks.
The example project in this tutorial is a two-sided necklace with framed lentil beads. One side of each bead is made using Mokume Gane, and the other – Faux Carving technique. There is a simple but effective trick to keep the lentil beads from flipping over when you are wearing a necklace like this, and I explain that trick in this tutorial.
To complete this project, you will need to build at least one Wonder Stamp
. Instructions for making these stamps can be found in a separate tutorial Wonder Stamps for Polymer Clay
. The back-filling tutorial does not explain how to make the Wonder Stamps; only how to use them for this particular technique.
Example Pages from tutorial Mokume Gane and Faux Carving with Wonder Stamps for Polymer Clay