Why You Need the Etch ‘N’ Pearl Tool For Polymer Clay-Friday Findings


Have you ever looked at the Etch ‘n’ Pearl
tools and wondered why you needed them? In today’s video I’ll show you several ways
maybe you hadn’t thought of to use these unique tools. Hey there, creative people, Sandy here. Welcome to another Friday Findings video at
Keepsake Crafts.net. Here are the Etch ‘n’ Pearl tools, they come
in a package of three metal tools. The sizes are 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, at the widest
ends. The points are pretty sharp, so you may want
to keep the little protective tips they come with. I’ve seen the Etch ‘n’ Pearl tools used
by other polymer clayers ever since I started working with polymer clay. But I never bothered to get a set for myself
because it seemed like I already had tools that would do what they did. You have needle tools that make impressions,
you have knitting needles that have the same shape for rolling or smoothing and you have
small round cutters for cutting out shapes. If you want to make a round pearl-like shape
you can just roll a tiny ball and maybe flatten it slightly. But the truly unique parts of these tools
are these rounded, concave tips. They are great for punching out consistent
round shapes from sheets of clay. The thicker the initial sheet of clay, the
more domed your punched out shapes will be. To punch perfect rounds from a sheet of clay,
first dip the tool in water as a release, then press into the clay, give it twist and
a bit of a wiggle. Pull away the excess clay and clean up the
edges, that wiggle helps get off most of the extra bits, then you can just swipe around
it with your finger. The clay may seem to be stuck in the tool,
but all you have do is press it onto a sheet, and give a twist to release it. Depending on whether or not you want flat
dots or rounded dome shapes will determine the thickness of the clay sheet that you want
to work with. It may take some experimenting to get just
the look you want. This gold sheet of clay was rolled out on
the thickest setting of my pasta machine, it’s 2.6mm thick and makes nicely rounded
pearl shapes with the largest tool. This champagne colored clay is rolled out
on a #4 setting, 1.3mm. With the largest tool it makes more of flattened
dots. However, this thickness with the smallest
tool make nice round 4mm pearl shapes. If you want 4mm flat dots, you’ll need a really
thin sheet of clay, this is my thinnest setting, about 3/10 of a mm. Don’t forget to press, twist and wiggle. Again, it may look like it’s stuck on there,
but you just press it on, and it releases. I don’t know if you can see the difference
between these two: this one is rounded, this one is flat, this one’s rounded, this one’s
flat. Syndee Holt has a great video on Polyform
Product’s YouTube channel showing her method for using the Etch ‘n’ Pearl tools to make
colorful geometric pendants. Kira from Polymer Clay TV shows yet another
way of scooping out nice even dots and how to make a three color veneer, which is pretty
fun and creative. By the way, if you like my videos and want
more, you should consider becoming a patron! My patrons have the opportunity to get up
to two bonus tutorial videos every month. You can learn more about how that works by
going to Patreon.com/sandysewin. You can use the pointed ends not only for
etching or drawing in designs, and by the way these pointed ends are 1mm, but the point
of the thinnest one will work for making holes in beads. Work your way up to the thicker ends to enlarge
the holes. The cupped end doesn’t have to be used only
on sheets of clay, you can use it to make circular impressions in any clay project. Press in the tool at an angle to create a
pretty row of scallops or a pattern of fish or dragon scales. Use the tools straight up and down to create
patterns of circles. Use just one size or all sizes, make your
rings concentric or overlapping. Try varying the pressure to change up the look. Just play and experiment to see what you come
up with! If you’re into any sort of figure sculpting
you will love using these to make pre-baked doll eyes. You have a choice of three different sizes
and using the Etch ‘n’ Pearl tools means that they are all consistent. I’ll have a link to this video series by
Venus Gaze on Creating Realistic Beautiful Doll Eyes In Polymer Clay. If you’re into steampunk, what about using
them to quickly make lots of screwheads? You can use a blade to make flat head screws,
or a press in a Phillips head screwdriver tip to make Phillips head screws. These are just a few ideas that I’ve gathered,
I’m sure now that I’ve got you thinking you’ll come up with many more. Can you do most of the things the Etch ‘n’
Pearl does with other tools? Well, yes, but it’s kind of handy to have
a tool with so many uses all in one.

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