Brooch with Kato Polyclay™ and Image Transfer

STEP 1
Using a pair of scissors, cut out the water slide transfer you're planning to use for your brooch. Set it aside.
STEP 2
Using the super slicer blade, cut the following portions of clay for each layer:
  • Layer #1 (center oval)--equal portions of translucent and pearl Kato Polyclay.
  • Layer #2 (first rectangle)--a block of gold, a block of copper half the size of the gold and a block of pearl equal to the copper.
  • Layer #3 (second rectangle)--a block of copper equal to the block of gold cut for the first rectangle, a block of gold half the size of the copper and a block of pearl equal to the size of the gold.
Condition and blend the colors for the different layers of the brooch. Once conditioned, roll each layer through the Poly-Roller™ machine to the #5 setting, or to a 1mm thickness.
STEP 3
Place the slide transfer, cut out in Step 1, onto Layer #1. Using the super slicer blade, trim the clay to match the shape of the slide transfer.

Remove the transfer from the clay. Dip your finger into a small bowl of tap water. Apply the water to the back of the slide transfer and let it sit for 30-60 seconds. Peel the paper backing away. Set the paper backing aside.

Place the transfer, face up, onto the cut-out piece of Kato Polyclay. Smooth the transfer so no air bubbles are present.
STEP 4
Place a texture plate onto the surface of Layer #2. Using the roller, roll across the surface until you achieve the impression you like.
STEP 5
Place the paper backing (set aside in Step 3) on top of the textured Layer #2. Using the super slicer blade, trim Layer #2 to your desired shape. Dispose of the paper backing.
STEP 6
Repeat Step 4 for Layer #3. Trim the textured sheet so it is larger than Layer #2. Cut a thin length of clay from the excess clay; this will be used to wrap around the center oval.
STEP 7
Using your finger, dip it into the gold pigment powder. Brush your finger across the surface of Layer #2. Repeat until you have achieved the coloring you like.

Repeat, applying copper pigment powder to Layer #3 and the thin length of clay also cut from Layer #3.
STEP 8
Apply a thin coat of Kato Polyclay clear medium liquid to Layer #3. The liquid will seal the pigment powder to the clay as well as keep the layers together after baking.
STEP 9
Press Layer #2 onto the center of Layer #3. Apply a thin coat of Kato Polyclay clear medium liquid. Press Layer #1 onto the center of Layer #2. Apply a layer of Kato Polyclay clear medium liquid. Twist the long length of clay cut from Layer #3 and wrap around Layer #1, carefully pressing it into place so the ends meet cleanly and seamlessly. Apply a thin coat of Kato Polyclay clear medium liquid to the transfer and to the twisted rope of clay around the transfer.
STEP 10
Shape Layer #2 and #3 as you desire.

Let the entire assembly dry. Once dry, bake per manufacturer's directions in a dedicated toaster oven or convection oven, or on a baking tray tented with aluminum foil and placed into your kitchen oven. Let the assembly cool to room temperature.
STEP 11
Apply G-S Hypo cement to the back of the pin back, then set it into place on the cured polymer assembly. Let the cement cure completely before wearing.

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