I have been 1000% obsessed with the organic molds I made last week. But after that first batch, something went horribly, horribly wrong! Let me show you. First, here’s the exciting thing I was doing with chalk on the raw polymer clay impressions:
Faaaaaabulous, right? I was PUMPED. But it was too hot to turn the oven on, so I covered the raw clay and waited nearly a week for an evening cool enough to bake. Imagine my chagrin when I found that all of that gorgeous colour had FADED!!
I was heartbroken. I tried a few things but couldn’t fix it. My new crackle medium had arrived, and since I was getting such good results with it:
….I thought it might be able to save my faded junk. turns out… only sorta. It’s not bad, but it’s not what I wanted.
Better but… not quite right, not yet. I had some thoughts about making the crackle different – always learning, you know – but meantime, I thought MAYBE it had faded only because it had sat there for so long and the clay had leached the chalk colour, causing the fading. So, I made up a new batch, baking them immediately, using similar colours as before, to see what would happen.
And it did it AGAIN.
Frig. These ones I didn’t want to crackle – I didn’t think I’d learned enough yet to be trusted not to ruin these. But suddenly, I thought – what about alcohol ink?
And… well, let me just show you.
Here’s a set of sad, faded, baked medallions:
And here are the same pieces with a bit of alcohol ink added and some distressing done to knock it back:
Can you guess if there was squealing?!
Check out some more:
Remember that faded hexagon from before? Well, I hadn’t crackled it, so I tried fixing it with ink:
Here’s that whole second set, SAVED by alcohol ink!
My heart is still palpitating with the gorgeosity (it’s a word!) of these. I’ll leave you with a few of my favorites, taken in natural light. Needless to say, I’ll be doing these again soooooooon.