Introduction: DIY Turquoise Inspired Jewelry

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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

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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

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

Step 3: Blending Everything Together

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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

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

Step 5: All Sanded and Ready to Wear!

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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.


rafe_seni (author)2012-12-10

instead of sander can we use sand paper?

whisperonthewind (author)2012-01-17

Acrylic finish (satin or glossy) works well, as does Mod Podge. You did a very nice job!

themadjeweler (author)2011-12-24

when i saw the picture i was like, " turquoise INSPIRED? that IS turquoise". I didnt know it was clay, it looked so real :D. Great Job!

SylverX (author)2011-11-27

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 . . .
I just thought I'd put that out there. I hope that helps! I really like it, it looks like real turquoise. :)

bluemoon6 (author)2011-10-29

Just getting started making beads out of polymer clay--cant wait to try this--thanks for sharing----

jenhoney (author)2011-10-10

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.

yellowhareusa1 (author)2011-09-23

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 :)

edaj0718 (author)2011-09-22

hello , my name is eduardo and you are very nice! and so your proyect too, i`ll be trying this next week end!!

lindsaykujawa (author)2011-09-21

jeanicrowe- Gold powder is a great idea!

tinker234- I like that idea as well!

tinker234 (author)2011-09-21

wow add some clear resane fore a nice stone finsh i think

jeanicrowe (author)2011-09-21

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.

jeanicrowe (author)2011-09-21

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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Bio: Hello my name is Lindsay. I love creating and sharing!
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