Introducing my dichroic range

Round Pendant - Polymer Clay Dichroic Blue, Purple, Yellow - copyright Helen White
Round Pendant – Polymer Clay Dichroic Blue, Purple, Yellow – copyright Helen White

A few months ago I started working with a new technique used to create faux dichroic effects on polymer clay. And I just realised I didn’t really share this on my blog – which just goes to show how side tracked anddistracted I get with other things.

Owl Pendant - Polymer Clay Dichroic - copyright Helen White
Owl Pendant – Polymer Clay Dichroic – copyright Helen White

Anyway, I really enjoy using this technique, but I also created a lot of waste (yes things can and do go wrong a lot in my workshop and you can’t always rescue things). It took me a while of refining it until I got the results I liked.

Dichroic polymer clay heart brooch - copyright Helen White
Dichroic polymer clay heart brooch – copyright Helen White

For these pendants I use artificial gold and silver leaf (real gold or silver leaf would be way too expensive), Gilder’s paste and lots of inks and varnish. I have also tried the technique with acrylic paint but prefer the inks. It’s incredibly messy to make the sheets! And you need to be patient and give the inks enough time to dry!

Sitting Cat Brooch - Polymer Clay Dichroic - copyright Helen White
Sitting Cat Brooch – Polymer Clay Dichroic – copyright Helen White

I have now developed my own way of creating the sheets from which I make my pendants – and brooches. I also finally made my first brooches – these take actually longer to make and are a bit fiddly.

Bird Brooch - Polymer Clay Dichroic - copyright Helen White
Bird Brooch – Polymer Clay Dichroic – copyright Helen White
Rabbit Brooch - Polymer Clay Dichroic - copyright Helen White
Rabbit Brooch – Polymer Clay Dichroic – copyright Helen White

I got to use my new fab cookie cutters I bought last year at the Cologne Christmas Market at Neumarkt and the sitting cat design has proved to be very popular.

Sitting Cat Pendant - Dichroic Polymer Clay - copyright Helen White
Sitting Cat Pendant – Dichroic Polymer Clay – copyright Helen White
Lying Cat Pendant - Polymer Clay Dichroic - copyright Helen White
Lying Cat Pendant – Polymer Clay Dichroic – copyright Helen White
Standing Cat Brooch - Polymer Clay Dichroic - copyright Helen White
Standing Cat Brooch – Polymer Clay Dichroic – copyright Helen White

I am now in two minds if I should actually create a tutorial of my own and sell it either on my blog or Etsy.

Heart Pendant - Polymer Clay Dichroic - copyright Helen White
Heart Pendant – Polymer Clay Dichroic – copyright Helen White

I hope you like these designs – you can find my faux dichroic range on my website here.

Round Polymer Clay Pendant - Dichroic Purple, Blue, Gold - copyright Helen White
Round Polymer Clay Pendant – Dichroic Purple, Blue, Gold – copyright Helen White

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Polymer Clay Earrings - Dichroic - copyright Helen White
Polymer Clay Earrings – Dichroic – copyright Helen White

 

 

  1. Cathy
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    They look lovely. I really love the earrings. A tutorial for sale sounds like a great idea.

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