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Cardboard hollow forms, pens and translucent Pardo…

Posted on September 8, 2013

I was very excited (as I am sure half the polymer clay community was!) this week when Polymer Clay Daily featured Artybecca’s Hollow paper forms. Rebecca kindly shared some templates on her blog and I couldn’t wait to try it out.

The first couple of beads I covered with scrap clay, my intention to cover them with cane slices. Whilst trying to decide what kind of cane to decorate them with I was playing with the thought of  making some zentangle canes and started doodling. Then I had a sudden thought – the hollow forms are cardboard – perfect for doodling on and I had some Pardo translucent sitting in my vast polymer clay stash!

I printed off some of Rebecca’s templates – oh she really did make it so easy for us thank you so much! I then did a quick doodle and cut out and glued the shapes together. I then rolled out some very thin Pardo translucent clay and covered the shapes – encapsulating them in polymer clay 🙂

Here’s the result

Doodled Paper templates (from Arty Becca) encapsulated in polymer clay - Cara Jane

Doodled Paper templates (from Arty Becca) encapsulated in polymer clay

I haven’t really played with the Pardo (that’s in my massive list of polymer must do’s!) much so I haven’t perfected the curing hence some discolouration although perhaps that’s due to glue I’m not quite sure. I will experiment and see if I can find out why it’s happening

I haven’t made paper shapes in ages and if I was going to use these for a project I would need to hone my construction skill as the Pardo skin is so thin and translucent that it doesn’t hide much. The sharp edges of the shapes pose a slight issue with the super thin clay sheets so I had to patch a few seams – where they are slightly more opaque. I will try will experiment with refining the construction process and if that doesn’t work I’ll sand them. I also need to remember to slow down (thank you Dan Cormier for teaching me that so well!) but it’s hard when you are inspired and curious!

Oh you might be wondering what happened to those first 2 hollow shapes I made? They are sat abandoned on the corner of my cluttered creative space, still waiting to be decorated when I have finished doodling with a pen instead of clay…

plain hollow beads

Hollow beads from Arty Becca’s templates – waiting for decoration


  1. What a lovely effect, Cara Jane… why waste your paper by merely covering it up when you can have an instant canvas for your art?

    • Thank you. Indeed and it’s a nice easy way to get a pattern when you want each one different. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Cara

  2. They look really good!
    Does the polyclay layer seem stuck to the card inside or do you think the two layers will separate over time?
    Carrie x

    • Thanks. It seems quite stuck I’d say. Thank you so much for your comments I really appreciate you taking the time to not only read but make a comment! you at Polydays in October? Cara x

      • Oh yes – l will definitely be there 🙂

  3. What a clever idea, Carajane! Results are unusual and lovely.

  4. I went for covering the paper forms with scrap clay – and like yours, they are still waiting for a top layer. If I made them again I’d use thicker card, it was difficult to get the shape to stay true even with quite a thin layer of scrap, and by the time I had spent quite a long time sanding them to improve the shape I was beginning to think that Ultra Lite was a more attractive option. Hey ho, a job for another day! (and thanks for the great demo on Sunday at the LPCG meeting – you always make the steps so clear and logical)

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