Hello friends! 

In this video tutorial, I want to share with you how to create such a unique jewelry piece like Faux Rusted Metal Collar from polymer clay! 
This detailed and clear video will help you to be creative and inspired to create many unique jewelry pieces.

Faux Rusted Metal Collar from Polymer Clay

Tools and materials

  • polymer clay Premo bronze (Black + Gold);
  • polymer clay: Sculpey UltraLight + Souffle;
  • liquid polymer clay (Fimo, Premo, LC or Kato);
  • Pan Pastels: black 800.5; Turquoise shade 580.3; Turquoise extra dark 580.1;
  • Gilders paste – “Celtic Bronze”, “Black”;
  • Prima – Art Extravagance – Patina Effect Paste;
  • Patina Ranger: “Rust”, “Clay”
  • Rock texture sheet;
  • Sponge Tool;
  • Textured Metal Rod Tool;
  • metal necklace base;
  • finger coats;
  • acrylic roller;
  • soft brush;
  • modeling tools;
  • Metal jewelry findings and tools.

Creative polymer clay process

  1. First, we need to start with clay color mixing. To make a realistic bronze color of the clay you need to mix 1:1 black and gold clay. For rock /metal imitation I will use UltraLight clay mixed 1:1 with Souffle clay.
  2. I prepared 2 sheets of clay with rock texture. To achieve the best print on my clay I’m using the soft large sponge. The thickness of the clay is around 4-5mm. And I mixed the clay by hands, not in the pasta machine. I also rolled out it by the acrylic roller, because the pasta machine makes it just a crumbly mass.
  3. Next, I prepared my bronze clay for the backside of the necklace. I add the textured surface to the sheet of bronze clay, and I put it in on the metal necklace base.
  4. Then I colored the UltraLight textured clay with Pan Pastels color. To achieve the rock look. I cut them into a half and then sucked together in a long strip. Follow the video instructions.
  5. Use the Textured Metal Rod Tool to make a stipes with patterns for the borders for finishing our necklace.
  6. Use the sponge texture to press the clay to the necklace.
  7. Now the necklace is ready for baking. I will bake it 30 min at 150″C.
  8. After baking, I cooled down the necklace in cold water and removed the metal base.
  9. The next part is a surface treatment part. I will use the paints and waxes to achieve the rusted metal look effect. You can use the heatgun to speed up the drying of the patina wax.
  10. Use the water to make the Patina paste liquid. After when it dries it gets a nice effect of blue patina on metal. To make it more realistic, I decided to add a little bit the Ranger patinas in rust colors “Rust” and “Clay”. For this use common sponge.
  11. After that, add the black Gilders paste on the rise spots and rub it with a paper towel. Then add the Gilders paste in Celtic Bronze color, but not on every black spot rub it with a paper towel.
  12. As finishing, you can varnish it with gloss varnish in spray, but I don’t think it is necessary!
  13. Finally, I finished the necklace with the antique bronze color of the chain. I like how it came out, with a really medieval and ancient look.

I hope you enjoyed this video tutorial. And you got a lot of inspiration from it. Let me know what do you think about this tutorial and information I prepared for you! This is very important for me!

Links where to buy

  1. Rock Texture
  2. Glass work surface
  3. Texture sheet
  4. Textured Metal Rod Tool
  5. Sponge Tool
  6. Metal Necklace base
  7. Polymer clay Premo (I buy all my clay and the others polymer clay stuff from nemravka.cz)
  8. Polymer clay Sculpey UltraLight
  9. Pan Pastels: Turquoise shade 580.3; Turquoise extra dark 580.1; Black,
  10. Prima – Art Extravagance – Patina Effect Paste
  11. Gilders Paste “Celtic Bronze”, “Black”;
  12. Modeling tools

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Ludmila Bakulina 

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Jo

    Looks like a lot of work but the result is beautiful.

    1. Ludmila Bakulina

      Thank you very much, dear for your comment here! And I’m glad you like the video! I think if it can be done in two baking process it can be more easy to manipulate with clay…

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