Polymer clay feather tutorial

Use this polymer clay feather tutorial to learn a new polymer clay technique.

Depending on your creativity and imagination with this technique  you can make feathers of any shape and color. 

In this example, I’ll make feathers with stripes and specks – a kind of fantasy mixture of feather pheasant and guinea fowl.

For this polymer clay feather tutorial you will need following materials and tools:

– polymer clay – beige, dark brown, dark gray and white colors;

– pasta-machine or other tools for rolling;

– a knife, a blade from a clerical knife, a razor blade;

– a thick needle or awl;

– Stack for modeling or its improvised analog;

– brush with stiff bristles or toothbrush;

So, let’s get started!

To start with a paste machine or other tools, prepare a layer about 1.5-2 mm thick with a transition from beige to dark brown.

Cut the sheet into strips of arbitrary width. We also roll out the dark gray plastic in a similarly thick layer and cut into thin strips.

For the next step stack the strips of beige-brown and dark-gray layers alternately, creating one large striped layer.

Cut the sheet into half and then the both sheets cut diagonally

Add two outer and two inner triangles into two quadrangles.

Gently roll each quadrilateral so that its halves are joined together.

First drew the desired form on paper, and then cut out the pen from the polymer clay. The center of the pen should coincide with the connection line of the triangles.

Make small indentations on the tip of the pen to create specks. At this point the piece of polymer clay start looking as a feather.

Fill the dots with small beads of polymer clay and roll carefully the specks to make them equal to the surface.

Now, you have to texture your feather. To do this, we take the blade for the razor or the blade from the clerical knife and lightly press it against the surface of the piece and apply frequent parallel prints. The direction of the lines must coincide with the direction of the strips on the feather.

With a needle or an awl, we force a longitudinal groove along the middle of the pen.

In doing so, we try to make it very thin at the tip of the pen, gradually expanding to the base.

We form the core of the pen. We make a thin flagellum from polymer clay and carefully put it into the groove. Lightly press the flagellum stack to better bond it to the surface.

Make small wedge-shaped incisions in arbitrary places and slightly bend the edge of the cut to the side.

I hope you enjoined this polymer clay feather tutorial. Below you an find different variation of colors on polymer clay feathers.

I found this beautiful polymer clay feather tutorial here.

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