Mix colors of conditioned polymer clay to create a shade of green of your choice.
Separate a section of polymer clay, approximately the size of a small grape, and roll it into a ball.
Pinch and roll one end into a teardrop shape then use fingers to flatten the teardrop into a leaf shape, not thicker than a quarter.
Use an awl to impress a line down the center of the leaf. Verify the line is deep enough to fold the leaf later.
Tip: Use the side of the awl to create the line and not the top to prevent damage to the leaf.
Use a flat tool with a sharp edge to impress diagonal lines, facing toward the center, along each edge of the leaf (they should face so they would intersect in the center).
Use a tool with a rounded end to indent the areas between the lines. Use a finger to press down the areas covering the tool marks. If needed pass over the center line once more; if it's distorted then fold the leaf along the line. Press along the back side to secure.
Use an artist brush to apply rust colored mica powder as desired.
Note: Mica powder sticks to the surface of the clay and bakes itself right.
Tip: Place a piece of tape over the leaf to remove any undesirable or excess mica powder.
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