After creating a collaged image and photocopying it at the desired size for your pin, you color it then transfer the colored image to unbaked polymer clay. Baking fixes it so you can finish the pin with black clay, beads, and gold leaf.
1. Gather your rubber stamps, clip-art,and drawings. Stamp images and manipulate them by enlarging and reducing on a copy machine. You’ll use these pieces to create a collaged image. Remember, you don’t have to use an entire image. Cut things away, white them out, or add lines with black marker. Cut the image pieces carefully with a sharp X-acto knife. Glue or tape in place on a blank sheet of paper. Make a photocopy of your collage. The size you have is the size your pin will be, so reduce or enlarge as desired.
2. Once you have a good plain-paper photocopy, color it with Prismacolor pencils (PHOTO A). Blends and shaded colors look good on the finished work. Set the colored collage aside.
3. Roll out a slab of well-conditioned translucent Sculpey III on the #3 setting of your pasta machine. Place the slab on a clean piece of flat mat board.
4. Trim the colored copy to the desired pin shape. Add a 1⁄4-in. (6mm) border around the image to accommodate the trim edge that you’ll add later.
5. Turn the copy face down onto the translucent polymer clay and burnish in place. Trim the excess clay around the paper (PHOTO B). Set the piece aside for at least 15 minutes to give the plasticizer time to leach the image from the paper. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to the manufacturer’s suggested temperature.
6. Cure the paper, clay, and mat board sandwich in the oven for 15-20 min. When you take it out of the oven, carefully remove the paper from the clay (PHOTO C). Let the piece cool.
7. Using well-conditioned black Premo Sculpey, roll a #3 slab for a backing sheet. Set it aside on tracing paper.
8. Roll another #3 sheet of black Premo and attach a sheet of composition gold leaf to it by slowly peeling away the backing paper as you roll the leaf onto the sheet. Burnish the leaf to the surface. Then roll the leafed clay through the pasta machine again on #3. Cut it into 1⁄4-in.-wide strips and set them aside on tracing paper (PHOTO D).