Transfer Your Own Drawing onto a Polymer Clay Bracelet

Transfer Your Own Drawing onto a Polymer Clay Bracelet

hi everyone it’s me Cynthia otherwise
known as mama mess of complete and utter mess, a creative
playground and today I’m going to show you how I was able to transfer my own
drawing to this polymer clay bracelet using MO clays ink transfer method okay to complete this project you’re
going to need some tracing paper a permanent marker
I used a sharpie and I’ll talk a little bit more about that later and some
alcohol ink markers I’m using the touch v markers you’ll also need a brush and
some isopropyl alcohol finally you’ll need some light colored or white clay I
used primo white and if you’d like to put a backing and some bands on your
bracelet you’ll need a contrasting color okay I’m going to use the widest of the
bracelet blanks that come in the EZ cuff kit but I’m going to use the second
widest template I don’t want my design to go edge to edge on on this bracelet
and that’s because if it goes edge to edge it will crinkle up at the edges and
you know ruin the surface of the clay so you’ll see a little bit more that later
no what I’m gonna do is take my template and I am working on a piece of tracing
paper but I wanted to put down a piece of white paper so it was easier for you
all to see what I’m doing and I’m gonna go ahead with pencil and trace that
template out and once I’ve got that template race out
I wanted to take a the shop II permanent marker now I know a lot of people don’t
like to use sharpie on polymer clay it does come out a little less than black
you know kind of comes out like a very dark purple but I tried to do this
method with a whole lot of other kinds of permanent markers and it didn’t work
at all you know the ink didn’t transfer so that’s why I went ahead and just used
the sharpie and I’ve got one that’s a fine point on one side and it’s a
thicker point on the other side and I’m just going to go ahead and begin drawing
now you could trace your design in pencil first if you if you’d like but
I’m trying to keep with the spirit of inktober and so the idea behind inktober
is that you go ahead and draw an ink and if you make what you feel is a mistake
you somehow rather work it into the design now I did learn this technique
from a youtube video that mo clay made and I’ll give you a link to that
original video in the information section and she used you know zentangle
design but I felt that this design with the leaves had better movement I like a
lot of movement in my pieces and I felt like if I tried to take a very narrow bracelet shape and fit a zentangle
design in it that it but it might just kind of get a little too broken up and
sort of stop the movement this type of design you know the eye is going to
go ahead and move right over the surface of the bracelet okay and the other thing that I’m going
to do is I’m going to go through this design and I’m going to make parts of
the line thicker and parts of the line dinner because that also adds interest to the piece just makes the piece move
nicer look a little bit better well there was a little mistake there so
that looks like a good place to go ahead and make the line thicker now as I
mentioned before this is tracing paper and so you know if you found a nice
design and you know one of the grown-up comic books that they have now or you
know some sort of copyright free design on the Internet
you could go ahead and trace that you know onto some tracing paper and you
know use that for you transfer if you feel that you really can’t draw it
yourself but I’d suggest that you you know just
give it a try just give some sort of abstract design to try it’s it can be
very relaxing in the way that you know adult coloring books are are relaxing
for people well it’s a great way to combine both hobbies okay and I’m just using remaining very
relaxed and just adding elements in here and so what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna go
ahead and get this design all finished up finish drawing it and then when I
come back I’ll show you how I put it onto the bracelet okay so I finished my
drawing and now I have some white clay that’s been rolled out on the thickest
setting of my pasta machine I’m going to use the widest bracelet in the easy cuff
kit I’m going to use you know the widest bracelet blank but my drawing was made
with the template for the mid size bracelet because I don’t want my drawing
to go edge to edge okay so I’m gonna go ahead and end you know use the widest
template the one that goes with the widest bracelet blank and I’m gonna go
ahead and cut out the clay before I do that I’m gonna put down a little bit of
cornstarch because sometimes sometimes I put this through site template down in
that and I can’t get it I can’t get it to you know easily come back up off the
clay so I found that that helps a little bit go ahead and put that down and I just need to find my crap knife take that huh I’m on my way for just a
minute and I would guesstimate that you know I
used about two ounces of clay makes it so much easier and you just trim it up a little bit
more okay that looks good and I’m gonna go ahead and start putting
that on the bracelet blink Center it the best that I can okay
and I’m gonna go ahead and trim off the excess trim off the excess on this sound but
they do have a nice there is a nice sort of rounded shape to the bottom of the
cup and then what I like to do is to just take my fingers and go ahead and
round the edge of the cuff over just get kind of a nice round edge on there and
then I trim it up a little bit so I’m gonna go ahead and do that
get my edges all nice and round it over and trimmed up and then when I come back
we’ll go ahead and put our drawing on the bracelet okay now we have the clay
on the bracelet length the way that I like it and I’ve cut my drawing out and
now all I’m going to do is take the drawing ink side down and simply place
it right on that lip right on the clay I’m gonna try my best to keep it
centered and try my best not to let it wrinkle up you trim off any excess and I’m just gonna take a minute just to
press it down but I don’t want it I don’t want to wrinkle it you know there
may be some places where the paper doesn’t make complete contact with the
clay and you might have to just go back in and redraw those parts but it’s
better than getting the whole edge of the paper all sort of crinkled up and
then it just ruins the surface of the clay on you okay so it’s really just as
simple as that now what I’m going to do is I’m gonna go ahead and cure this I’m
going to cure it at 275 for 30 minutes I found that you know it’s best if you use
it on the thickness that can handle thirty minutes you get the most transfer
of ink if you go for thirty minutes and I do tend it I do tend it with some foil
to make sure it doesn’t scorch you know because it is white clay but that’s all
there is to it for that part so I’ll go ahead and get it cured and then we’ll
come back and I’ll show you how I add color okay I’ve just gotten the bracelet
out of the oven and I have these special gloves on so that I won’t burn my hands
and what I’m going to do is I know that there are some spots where the paper
with the ink wasn’t quite touching the clay so right now while it’s hot but
firm because I’ve cured it I’m gonna go ahead and just press the paper in a
little bit more there will be spots that we have to touch up but this helps with
that a lot all right and I’m just gonna keep doing
this and get the bracelet cooled down I do let it cool down naturally and then
we can get it colored in alright but we’re gonna go ahead and get that paper
pulled off and see how it transferred I am pretty happy with this so far there’s
a few places that I’m gonna touch up other times I just leave the nice
distress book well for this I think I’ll go ahead and touch it up in a few places
well it’s actually pretty dark alright so I need for it to get cooled
down enough that I can handle it and then I’ll touch it up and we’ll get it
colored in okay I’ve left my bracelet cooled down and I’ve got all of these
beautiful markers and various colors and I’ve also got some alcohol and a
paintbrush and what I’m going to do you you would think that I would do the
touch-up first but until the touch-up is heat set it would it would be likely to
run and ruin the colors so I’m gonna start with the colors and get them a
little bit heat set and then put the you know the darker touch-up color on so and
then you know this you just have a little fun with I think what I’m gonna
do let’s start with some yellow and just
gonna go ahead and color in the section let me take a darker color I’m going to
use this one and they just add that to what I’m
thinking of as the bottom of the leaf just gonna get ready with the baby wipe
here because I know I’m going to need that dip the brush and some alcohol and go ahead and just spread those
colors out just blend those colors you know wipe it on the baby wipe so I
don’t get the alcohol contaminated with a lot of different colors then you know
because we use it and if it goes out with the line and that doesn’t bother me
it might bother some other people what it doesn’t bother me I actually kind of
purposely go outside outside the designs I think that I would like to do like a
bluish green color now now you don’t have to use two colors I’ll show you in
a just a minute here I’m gonna just put a little a little bit of this green and
the bottom of the leaf and then use the alcohol to push that
color all the way up the leaf and if that’s you know not dark enough
for you then you know you can go back later and after it after the alcohol
evaporates and you can add some more color to that nothing wrong with that and you could even add you know even but
two different kinds of colors in the leaf if you want to might be able to get
like a really nice fall leaf I like this it’s kind of a watercolor II effect even just with every step it gets better now sometimes people actually dip these
right in the alcohol when they’re using them I think there’s a you know a lot of
different techniques and ways to use them this to me was the you know to use
that alcohol and the brush was the perfect sort of marriage of control and chaos now I don’t know if you can see
this might look pretty dark on camera but you know as I’m going over this with
the alcohol you know I can really see that this that these lines aren’t really
pure black I think I want to do an orange over this time let’s get the
wedge side a little bit quicker and I’m leaving it right on the blank they think this time I’m going to act
like a nice red more very deep orange okay so I think I am going to go ahead
and continue coloring this and I’ll come back as soon as I finished and we’ll go
ahead and do the tough job okay so I went ahead and I got the rest of the
bracelet colored and you know some people would call this done something is
you know some people would think that this is you know good enough and you
know I do think it’s pretty I do think it’s really pretty just the way that it
is even even with a somewhat distressed look where the ink didn’t completely
transfer and so if you wanted to stop here that would be fine you know this
looks great just as it is but if you do want to touch it up what you need to do
is just heat set these colors and the way that you can do that is you can
either put it back in the oven for a few minutes or you can just take your heat
gun and go ahead and blow the heat gun over it for a bit and that will get some
heat set for you so let me see I’ve already done some heat setting here but
I’ll go ahead and just show you what I mean and you just keep going back and forth
and just let the heat let those colors get very set in there if you’d like after you’ve got all the colors heat set
you can come back in with the sharpie marker and you can touch up wherever the
ink didn’t transfer and how much and how little of this you do is really up to
you there’s a lot of this that I would just leave alone but there are some
places where I think it’s just a little too much view a little too much I really
just think that I would rather see it filled in a little bit more now it doesn’t take long and just go one
through like I said I think you know the distress left is is also pretty I think
it’s just the obsessive-compulsive in me that I feel like but you know I have to
fill these spots in my peer spots right there you know
especially once you get the colored ink on there you know you can kind of get
away with with the black being more distressed hmm like I said it doesn’t it really it
doesn’t take long if you do want to do it just a few I think for me the way that I
make a decision about whether or not I’m gonna fix where it’s been distressed how
it has to do with if it affects a pretty shape I made high if I made a shape on
here originally and that oh that’s really nice I like that shape and then
it comes out of the other than that shapes gone then I you know go back and
and put it back in it’s really carefully straight lines are
you know a pain and I think I’m going to go ahead and put that back in now again after you or you know sort of
fix up and fill in you might decide that you know this is it this is I like the
way this looks and I want to keep it like this and that’s fine but again you
should either put it back you know in the oven for a few minutes to get the
sharpie marker heat set or use the heat tool to get the sharpie marker heat set
now at this point you can put a backing and some bands on the bracelet thanks for watching I hope you enjoyed
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  1. Using the EZ cuff template – there seems to be too much gap and the bracelets fall off rather easily.  I do love your tutorial!

  2. Interesting video.Was the tracing paper just normal tracing paper? So many videos talk about inkjet prints, so much cheaper to use tracing paper.

  3. Hi! I’m new to your videos and I have to say… I can listen to you all day!!! You should do YouTube art classes! Your voice is so relaxing, you have a real talent for explaining complex techniques in a simple, easy-to-understand manner. Superb, girl! You are wonderful to watch and learn from! Thanx so much, from ALL us fans! 😉😍👍

  4. I love how you utilized mo clay's transfer video … I have been wanting to get a set of alcohol ink pens and you make it look so easy to use these . . . Such a nice tutorial I could watch and listen to your voice all day! thanks for sharing – p.s. I like distressed looks 😀

  5. What a beautifully flowing design, and love that it’s your own. Thank you for sharing in your talent’s. Best wish’s from another jewelry artist;)

  6. Really, really nice! I love that you can transfer your own designs without special paper or printer. Your design is lovely, so flowy. I don't have alcohol markers so I'm thinking I'll just place pools of my alcohol inks into a palette and paint with that, using alcohol to dilute and blend. What a fabulous technique, and you're a wonderful teacher!

  7. Thank you for this video! Just a couple questions…. Would the sharpie have transfered better if you had burnished it a bit before curing? Also, did you actually remove the clay from the bracelet blank after it was finished, or did you leave it on? Last but not least… Could I use any Liner type pen or does it have to be a Sharpie?

  8. Great video,Very informative, I love the looks of it being like watercolor painting,Thank you for sharing your technique, Or shared technique of an idea,Beautiful.

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