Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
I have bought many texture plates in my time. As a clayer I am sure I am not alone in this. Still, there are those times when I just don't have the one I really need. Don't laugh! No matter how many great tools you have, you know you are always missing the one you need right now.
So, we'll see where this week's exploration leads me. Texture plates can be made with scrap clay, baked clay, artist carving blocks, mold compounds, who knows what else. And the objects that can be used to create the designs are endless.
If you have and ideas or suggestions, I'd love to hear them. When I come up for air I will share it all here. See ya'!
Friday, January 9, 2009
My intention at the start of the week, to explore one technique, has led to my learning a few new things. I had not planned to use ink in creating these faux enamel pieces. But I ended up combining two techniques I had read about and I loved the result. The colors are deep and vibrant.
I think I had the most fun creating the texture plates. I have so many ideas for ways to use this. So no sooner than I get started, my list of things to explore grows even longer.
I am far from perfecting the faux enamel look, but now at least I have the "how-to" on file for later use.
See you next week .
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I loved the idea, plus I figured I'll make heart shapes this go round because Valentine's Day is around the corner. But, after completing a couple of surface designs I thought, "Aha! Why not create a mold from a piece that I like and use that to create the surface designs on my hearts, or whatever shape I choose".
So, I have been sidetracked for a minute making molds. Now that I have a few designs I like I can go back to faux enameling, for now. I think I will explore more mold designing next week.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I have decided on my technique for this week. I have seen many articles on creating a faux enamel look with polymer clay. That's what I'll try first. Why did I pick this? Well, the technique I'd like to try makes use of scrap clay. Don't we clayers have tons of that? The idea of making something pretty with that scrap clay appeals to me.
I have seen different variations on this. While most use liquid clay, there are different surface techniques used to get the desired effect. I am not sure which technique I like best so I'll just get started and see where this takes me. Check back in a couple of days when I share my explorations right here.
In the meantime I'll leave you with a wonderful inspiration piece I found on flickr. This faux cloissone pendant is by Sherri Sneed. You can see more of her wonderful work here.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
The other challenge I'd like to dance with is actually doing something with that long list of projects and techniques I have been so eager to try. The list has gotten so long I feel overwhelmed just thinking about it. It's so easy to slide back into my comfort zone, back to what I think I know.
So where do I begin? Every journey needs a starting point. Or better yet, maybe the point is just to start. As a polymer clay aficionado I have collected more books, tools, supplies, and to-do projects than I care to count. So why not start by picking just one idea or technique and exploring it. I think I like that as a place to begin. I will pick one technique to focus on for this upcoming week. And, of course, I will share it all right here.
How's that for a start?
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