Sugar Cubes + Tombstones


It's my favourite day of the week - Studio Friday! I had a few ideas I wanted to play around with and have been looking forward to some artistic experimentation. Here's a few a few things that I got up to today...


Creating some polymer clay sugar cubes has been on my to-do list for a while now. Rather than going with traditional square ones, I decided sugar skulls would be perfect. I blended Kato White Polymer Clay with Premo Translucent using a 1:1 ratio. After forming the skulls, I coated them with Kato Liquid Clay to adhere sparkling white craft sand and baked them to perfection.


Imagining a disturbing tea party of sorts, I created some creepy biccys on which to apply experimental icing. After forming the biscuits using a mixture of Flesh (20), Yellow (1) and Brown (1) Kato Clay (similar to Premo Ecru), I textured them using a range of coarse brushes and dusted on colour with shaved chalk pastels.


Since I had two little tombstone biscuits, I took the opportunity to test and compare two different icing mixtures;

On the left, I mixed 1:1 pastel pink polymer clay with Sculpey Bake & Bond until smoothly combined, adding more Bake & Bond to reach an icing-like consistency. This mixture was quite thick and sticky. It had a matte finish after baking and held the polymer clay 100's and 1000's well.

On the right, I mixed 1:1 pastel yellow polymer clay with Kato Liquid Polyclay until smoothly combined, adding more Liquid Clay to reach an icing-like consistency. This mixture was quite runny in comparison and had a nice subtle gloss after baking. It did however develop small cracks in areas.

These results now have me wondering... how would these two icings perform when mixed together? Further investigation is definitely warranted. I'd also like to play with imprinting text onto the biscuits. But that's all for another day.


I had a little bit of the experimental icing mixtures leftover from the other day, so went ahead and combined half of each too see how well it baked up (far right biccy). As suspected, this combination was less glossy but still had a nice touch of touch of sheen - without any cracking! Success!



My name is Rachel Weaver. An artist inspired by sugar and spice… and things not so nice. Experimenting with polymer clay and mixed media to create the weird ideas that fill my head late at night.

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