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Make Watercolor Agate with Polymer Clay

Learn to make a beautiful gemstone effect with polymer clay that I like to call Watercolor Agate. You can make this stone-like effect in any color to imitate real stones or to design your own fantastic colors and patterns. The tutorial includes instructions on how to make Watercolor Agate with the art materials that you already have on hand and how to achieve specific looks. While you can use your Watercolor Agate in any type of project, this tutorial includes step-by-step instructions for making modern, contemporary earrings.

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This course can be taken here, online, or you can download a PDF to read offline. The PDF will not have live product/source links (they’re impossible to keep updated) and the most current information will always be available here on the website. But if you’d like a PDF, you can download it from the Resources section.

How to Navigate This Course

To navigate this tutorial, you can use the navigation that you see below. There’s also a menu on the right if you’re viewing this on your computer. You can read the sections in order, or you can skip around to read the info as you need it. Either way, let’s get started. Click on Getting Started to go there now.

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Polymer Clay Crackle Compendium

Because polymer clay is flexible, you can stretch it, and you can color it with a huge array of art materials, it’s a natural match for making crackle effects. While crackle in the natural world usually is connected with age or deterioration, you’ll find that crackle can also be refined, contemporary, or sophisticated. This tutorial takes you through the 7 major ways to create crackle effects and explains the materials and processes that you can use.

This is not, however, a step-by-step project tutorial. There are no finished items to create. I thought a long time about the best way to convey this information to you and I finally settled on the enclosed format. Most crackle processes are just variations on a theme, and to step-out dozens of variations would just be annoying and tedious to read. I didn’t want to limit this tutorial to just 8 or ten crackle recipes. As with all my tutorials, my goal is to teach you to understand the materials and the way they work so that you can apply the information and techniques to your own preferred type and style of project. I’ve tried to give enough information to serve as a jumping-off point for your explorations. Note there is a Crackle Gallery that gives a quick overview of how I made each crackle sheet or item.

There is also a user gallery where you can upload your crackle photos (and what you made with them). If you have any questions, there is a private Questions and Discussions section where you can get help from me or other owners of this tutorial.

Note: If you prefer a PDF download, you can find the button for that in the Crackle Resources section.

Below is a table with each of the sections and topics listed. You can navigate from here, or you can use the navigation panel at the right (or below if you’re on mobile). At the end of each topic and section will also be buttons to help you get around. Thanks for joining me here. Now let’s get cracking! (Sorry…Dad joke…I had to.)

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