The Magic of Pearl Ex

pearlex-powder-200 Pearl Ex is a wonderful, colourful, and magical medium that is used by professional artists and potters, as well as rubberstampers, scrapbookers, and polymar clay artists.   There are a variety of finishes–from metalic to pearlescent and iridescent.  Pearl Ex is safe, non-toxic and archival safe.

Pearl Ex comes in liquid and powder form, but the most versatile is the powder form.

When painting with powder, water and Gum Arabic is added.  Gum Arabic is a binding agent that prevents the powder from rubbing away.  Rubberstampers find that a finishing spray (or hair spray for the thrifty) works just as well if Gum Arabic is omitted from the Pearl Ex powder/water mixture.

pearlexheading There are many ways to use Pearl Ex powder.  It can be used as a colouring agent in embossing powder and polymar clay.  It can be dusted into polymar clay molds before pressing the clay into the molds.  One of my favourite methods of colouring polymar clay is to dust a variety of colours, with my finger, onto the clay prior to baking.  Colours blend beautifully together.  The adventerous are known to add Pearl Ex powder to their eye shadow.

There is a wealth of information on the Jacquard Products website where you will find products, a forum, project ideas, and more.

I hope you are inspired to try Pearl Ex out.  Listed below are lots of tutorials and interesting photos to read, so grab a coffee, sit back, and enjoy.

50 Places to Inspire You

Subscribe to Technique Junkie Newsletter for ideas

Sunflowers and Dragonflies Tutorial (one I posted on my old blog)

Maria’s Bell’s Christmas Ornaments

Maria Bell’s Floor Wax Tutorial

Mel’s Verdigris Embossing

SplitcoastStamper’s Melted Pearls Tutorial

Mini Tutorial by Camp Fire Lady

Background Technique by Inkie Fingers

Polymer Clay Buttons

Crafty Goat’s Notes makes a test strip

Crafty Goat’s Notes organizes jars of PearlEx and Embossing Powder

Amy Celona has a video to share with you

Learn That Craft shares a video

Ars Longa put together a tutorial

Kim shares a tutorial about PearlEx with Gold Leaf

Scrapbook Designs shares a tutorial

Amy put together a wonderful tutorial and Information Sharing

Cindy Lou combines chalks with PearlEx

Pez-A-Doodle Shines

Tanya’s crayon scrappings shine

AMACO describes a technique with Friendly Plastic

Melissa’s Tile Tutorial

Gina P Crafts Shimmering Tutorial

Kim BT’s Tile Tutorial

Scrapbook Studio Gets A Little Messy

Polymer Clay Project Makes PearlEx Paint

After Hours Stamper’s Stained Glass Tutorial

Mona Designs’ Stunning Bracelet

Lisa’s Beaded Necklace

Pearl Ex as Eye Shadow

Polymar Clay Buttons on Flickr

Mikasa Vase on Flickr

Pendants on Flickr

Halloween Trinket Box on Flickr

Flower Pendent on Flickr

Sea Journal on Flickr

Tiles on Flickr

Faux Shells on Flickr

Mermaid on Flickr

Bright Coloured Card on Flickr

Jacquard Projects

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Posted on : Aug 10 2009
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3 People have left comments on this post

Aug 10, 2009 - 11:08:45

You should post a link to this over at SCS! Some ppl have no idea how to use this stuff and it’s collecting dust! GREAT ARTICLE!

Aug 15, 2009 - 05:08:07
silvia said:

I LOVE my Pearl~Ex, even though I don’t use it as often as I would like to. Thanks for listing the inspirational sites!!

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