Spicy Polymer Clay Inclusions
Inclusion is the art of sprinkling things into clay. It is a great technique for beginners, especially children, but it can be incorporated into advanced projects too. The technique is pretty simple. You add things, like herbs, colored sand, fibers, etc., to translucent polymer clay.
Spices aren't just for cooking:
Ground cinnamon and nutmeg give you nice warm brown that make great faux stones or fanciful tree branches. Ground pepper makes a great gray slate. Red pepper and paprika produce beautiful fiery red-oranges. Mint and basil are good for projects where you want an earthy green with some texture.
In this pendant, I used cinnamon and nutmeg for the base and red pepper for the ohm symbol.
For the clay, I like Fimo 014 translucent. It stays white so I get a crisp color. Sculpey translucent is darker has a different look. I use it when I want a more muted effect. There are other types of translucent clays on the market, but I haven’t tested those.
Creating sample chips:
To make sample chips, add your inclusions to a small ball of clay making sure you record what spice you added and a rough amount so you can recreate the effect later. If you want to be able to store your chips on a string or wire, add a small hole before baking.
When I made my sample chips I had a good time adding just about every spice/herb in my cupboard. I used ground pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, mint, red pepper, cumin, and basil. Each gave a different look. Now I'm making my favorites into jewelry, but boy is my husband disappointed when he sees cinnamon and nutmeg on the counter and no pie in sight.
Pepping up the color:
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