Adding timeworn found objects to your clay is a great way to create an antique feel. As you browse thrift stores, yard sales, the gutters or even the nooks and crannies of your own home, save your favorite little relics. (As Christi says, it's not hoarding if you're going to use them!)
Did you know you can make polymer clay look like it was fashioned from metal, simply by applying a metal coating? And once something is metallic, you always have the option to age it with patinas. If you love verdigris, that streaky, greenish corrosion on bronze and copper, you'll love this antique-looking brooch.
In Western culture, if we repair something, we tend to do our best to ensure that those repairs never show. In contrast, the Japanese tradition of repairing broken pottery with gold-infused lacquer embraces the object's past as part of its unique story. This method, called kintsugi, is the inspiration behind your next polymer clay project.