Wednesday, April 27

#Cre8time in the Country... Faux Delft Tile Decor by Tracy Alden

Hello! Tracy with another Amazing Casting Products tutorial! I have recently been seeing in home decor and antique stores blue and white country tiles and pottery. I have always been fond of the look and wondered if I could attempt my own version with everyday craft supplies and without the need of a kiln! 

  • Amazing Clear Cast Resin
  • Polymer Clay Scraps (Uncured) 
  • Stir Sticks 
  • Acrylic Paint in Bright Blue and Ocher 
  • Paint Brush 
  • Stamps 
  • Flat head jewelry pliers 
  • Soft Wire 
  • ceramic tile 
  • Liquid Fusion Glue 
  • Disposable gloves 

I started by going through some of my scrap polymer clay, left over from other projects. I tried to pick clay that was pale blue, grey, white, translucent and cream. I was careful to not pick any of the pearl or metallic clay because I wanted to create the look of old country tiles and not something modern.

Using a pasta machine (devoted to craft use only) set on the thickest setting I conditioned the clay and blending all of the scrap clay by multiple runs though the pasta machine. I placed my now smooth and uniform colored clay on a ceramic tile, trimming the uneven edges. I used a frame style stamp as a cutting guide, making sure I could fit 3 across and 2 going down on the clay.

Once the clay was trimmed I sprayed the frame style stamp with water to act as a stamp release from the clay and pressed firmly into the clay. After I pressed the stamp in 6 times I used small plant and insect stamps to press inside the frame impression to create the illusion of 6 individual tiles. I trimmed the clay even closer to the stamped images, smoothing edges and defining details. I placed the ceramic tile with the polymer clay into a toaster over to cure per manufacturer’s instructions.

One the clay was finished baking I removed it from the ceramic tile and cleaned the edges. I applied bright blue acrylic paint to detailed portions of the clay, rubbing off excess with a paper towel. 

I applied a color wash, of Ochre acrylic paint diluted with water, to give the tiles a aged and worn look. I let the paint fully dry.

I mixed up a small portion of Amazing Clear Cast Resin, making sure to slowly stir to reduce air bubbles and let it sit for 10 minutes. By letting the resin sit for 10 minutes, the resin will be thicker and stick more to the polymer clay piece. I carefully applied the resin to the front of the pieces with a toothpick, making sure to get all the grooves and indents of the stamped images. I put on a pair of gloves so I could smear the resin across the piece and get even coverage of resin. I let this layer of resin cure completely.

*At this point if you did not want to drill though the polymer clay piece, you can put a wire hanger on the back of the polymer clay tiles with some Liquid Fusion Glue, as I did for this tutorial.

With this polymer clay and resin coating technique any number of mixed media, embellishments and tile art can be created!

What AMAZING arts and crafts can you create?

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Visit my blog Art Resurrected for more craft tutorials!

Until next time, safe travels! ~ Tracy

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1 comment:

  1. the tile looks really amazing, thanks for the process


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