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Hello! My name is Lindsay and you can find me over at Delighted Momma.  I LOVE real turquoise jewelry but it can be so expensive! I am going to show you how you can recreate the turquoise look with polymer clay.

Step 1: What You Will Need

What you will need:
  • Polymer clay. I mixed the two colors above to give it a little bit more of a greenish blue tone.
  • Black or brown acrylic paint
  • Sand
  • A hand sander
  • Old tupperware for mixing
  • Gloves. Unless you want sand and acrylic paint embedded in your fingers.

Step 2: Prepare the Clay

I mixed the two colors shown in the previous picture together to get a more turquoise shade.

Step 3: Blending Everything Together

Place sand and a few drops of paint in the bowl. Mix everything together and really work the sand and paint into the clay. Its going to look like a big ole mess but trust me it comes together. Decide on the shape you would like to make and mold it.

If you plan on making your piece into a pendant, poke a hole through it with a toothpick.

Bake for 20 min at 270 degrees.

If you are like me you might be asking yourself.."Isn't acrylic paint flammable?!!" After a quick google search I discovered it's not. I wasn't convinced so I had baking soda and a pot ready to go just in case. I learned this is how you put out an oven fire. Good to know.

Step 4: Sand Your Finished Piece

Using the sander, sand away until you start to see the black veins pop through.

Step 5: All Sanded and Ready to Wear!

I covered it with a layer of Mod Podge to give it a more finished look. You could also use clear nail polish or leave it as it.
instead of sander can we use sand paper?
Acrylic finish (satin or glossy) works well, as does Mod Podge. You did a very nice job!
when i saw the picture i was like, &quot; turquoise INSPIRED? that IS turquoise&quot;. I didnt know it was clay, it looked so real :D. Great Job! <br>
Hi! I really like the tutorial, but I wanted to say something just in case. Did you know that the particles made when sanding polymer clay can actually be a little hazardous? It's best to wet sand them just to trap some of that dust . . .<br>I just thought I'd put that out there. I hope that helps! I really like it, it looks like real turquoise. :)
Just getting started making beads out of polymer clay--cant wait to try this--thanks for sharing----
I love making faux stones with polymer clay, but I've never used sand. I love the result! One warning, though- clear nail polish and polymer clay don't play well together. I think the nail polish actually eats away at the clay because it stays tacky forever and collects lint and becomes a disaster. I think it looks great as-is, but if you want a super shiny finish you can use clear liquid polymer clay and bake it again on a rack and then buff it.
I love the way this turned out, I have tried this technique using ribbons of black polymer clay and like the results, but this seems to yield a better result.. Thank you for sharing it with us...btw, have u tried polishing the baked piece with denim? I have done it with finished pieces, it yields a nice shine and requires not sealant :)
hello , my name is eduardo and you are very nice! and so your proyect too, i`ll be trying this next week end!!
jeanicrowe- Gold powder is a great idea! <br><br>tinker234- I like that idea as well!
wow add some clear resane fore a nice stone finsh i think
I was so excited about the project I missed my typo's! Sorry. Of course what I meant to say was gold powDer, although with the price of gold I suppose there is a lot of power there.
What a great project! I'm going to be trying this one right away. I'm thinking a little iridescent gold power in one or two places might be nice. I think I will also try this with a malachite look. Now I;m going to go look at some other stones to get more ideas. Great instructable!

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