Polymer Clay "Turquoise"

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Polymer Clay Faux Turquoise

Polymer clay "turquoise" is a "genuine imitation" in the sense that the brilliant crafts persons who fabricate polymer clay "turquoise" fully acknowledge the materials they use.  Indeed, they rightfully take great pride in the very close resemblance they can achieve!

So what is polymer clay?  This is a synthetic material, not a natural clay. It consists of fine particles of polyvinyl chloride in a suspension material. It is pliable and can be sculpted into virtually any form. Polymer clay comes in a variety of ready made colors. The skilled polymer clay artist can mix their own colors as well.

Polymer clay turquoise is typically sold as "faux turquoise."   Many artists strive to create a natural look, while others take a more abstract approach.

Several polymer clay artists have written on the techniques for creating realistic "turquoise," matrix and all, with this material.  For an online demonstration of the project, go here!

The process has also been document in various books, including these:

  • Victoria Hughes. (2002). ArtRanch Techniques for Re-creating the Look and Ivory, Jade, Turquoise, and other Natural Materials. Iola, WI: KP Books.

  • Patricia Kimle. (2004). Polymer Clay Inspirations. North Light Books.

 


 


 

TURQUOISE BASICS

Origins of  "Turquoise"
Gemstone Properties

How Turquoise Forms
Color Range
Turquoise Matrix
Natural Turquoise
Treated Turquoise
Turquoise Birthstone

WHERE TURQUOISE
IS FOUND

Australia
China
Egypt
Iran
Mexico
United States
Other Locations

VARIATIONS

Eilat Stone
Faustite Turquoise
White Buffalo Turquoise

FORMS

Beads
Cabochons
Chips and Nuggets

IMITATIONS

African Turquoise

Block Turquoise

Faience Ceramic
Howlite Turquoise

Natural Imposters

Polymer Clay
Utah Turquoise
Vienna Turquoise

TURQUOISE
JEWELRY CARE

Care, Cleaning and Storage

 


Mosaics
Sculptures
Functional Art
 


Books About Turquoise

 

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