Faux Broken China Polymer clay tutorial - decoupaging a napkin onto polymer clay and adding an embossed pattern using embossing powder is a very easy and funny project that yields great potential

Faux Broken China [Polymer Clay Video Tutorial]

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Hello dear friends!

Here’s an easy, colorful and perfect for a summer project. And taking into account the large array of napkins that are available out there, you truly have endless possibilities to make wonderful decoupaged polymer clay pieces.

In order to spice up the design I added an embossed golden pattern made using embossing powder, a stamp and an ink pad and a heat gun using a technique that is very used in card making.

Well, if you don’t have embossing powder and a heat gun or if this technique does not appeal to you, you can still complement the Faux China look using stencils or silkscreen and gold metallic acrylic paint.

I decided to put the pieces together using seedbeads and a very easy bead stitch and I hope that you’ll give it a try and thus make beautiful bead chains to attach your beautiful polymer clay pieces.

Material List - Faux Broken China polymer clay video tutorial

As always, I started by properly conditioning the polymer clay. I’m working with white Cernit polymer clay, 100% opacity.

I used a larger angular cutter to cut the shape of the bead and a smaller round cutter to make a hole in the middle of the bead.

Faux Broken China polymer clay tutorial

Then I applied a thin layer of Fimo liquid (like would act like a glue and would allow me to attach the napkin to the polymer clay base) and on top of it I put a design cut out from a napkin (after removing the inside white layer like I would do for any decoupage project).


I applied another layer of Fimo Liquid (on top of the napkin) and then I baked the pieces for 30 minutes at the temperature recommended by the polymer clay manufacturer.

Faux Broken China polymer clay tutorial

Then I did the same thing for the back. I decoupaged the back in the same manner. I put the pieces into the oven again, but this time for 20 minutes only.


I used a stamp, an ink pad, gold embossing  powder and a heat gun to heatset a golden pattern that I thought would enhance the faux China look.

After the second baking, the pieces are well protected (the napkin used to decorate the pieces is well protected underneath the baked Fimo liquid) so if you’d prefer a matt finish for your pieces, you can use them as they are.

Faux Broken China Polymer Clay Tutorial

Faux Broken China polymer Clay Tutorial

Faux Broken China Polymer Clay Tutorial

I wanted a glossy look on the pieces so I decided to apply a layer of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze and I thought this would add the final touch to the Faux Broken China effect.

Faux Broken China Polymer Clay Tutorial

I create two bead chains using a very simple bead stitch that I encourage you to try.

Faux Broken China polymer Clay tutorial


I hope you’ll like this tutorial and I hope that you’ll take this inspiration and use it in your work with polymer clay!

My best to you!

P.S. PCA is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. There are a lot of wonderful things going on in the wonderful polymer clay adventure and it’s never too late to join us!


Faux Broken China polymer clay tutorial (decoupage on polymer clay, embossed pattern made with embossing powder and a heat gun)



  1. You make it look so easy, Mihaela; and quite stunning, too!
    Maybe, when I retire, I’ll have the time to devote to such creativity. Until then, I’ll enjoy watching you and your videos and craftsmanship.
    This tutorial is another gem! ❤

    1. Dear Carolyn, thank you for your wonderful message! Creativity is my way of reaching the same state of blissfulness and interior calm that I feel in your voice when listening to your inspiring words. And I know that you already feel like this, Carolyn, because you are aligned with your mission in life and you are using your gift to inspire others ! My tutorials are my way of encouraging people to engage in creative activities, not necessary for the end result, but for how good it feels and because it’s a way of growing as a person (by learning, doing and listening to your interior voice). Thank you, again, my dear Carolyn, for your appreciation!
      Sending you Love and Blessings!

    1. Thank you very much! I wanted to tell you that I love your mandala sketches and I also loved reading your About page: “I am here because I want to inspire others. I want to be the reason someone tries something different.” I feel just like you! Thank you again for visiting my blog, for appreciating my ideas and for sharing it with me! Have a very creative and inspired day!

    1. Thank you, Lia, for your beautiful message. I loved your site! I’ve also used Decoupage to upscale little pieces of furniture and coffee tables. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a great and inspired day!

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