Friday, July 22, 2011

The Story of A Most Forgiving Medium: Polymer Clay

One of my first attempts at stamped beads was (A) in a copper overlay on green PC. I made them in several different shapes as seen in the next pictures. HOWEVER, I was Not happy with how they turned out. I was hoping for something close to a Mokume Gane look, but as you can see, failed terribly. So, lets add some brown acrylic paint (B) to give them an antiqued look. Not much better!  What else is in my drawer? How about some gold embossing powder (C) and rebake?  Nope, not applied evenly enough!

So they got put away in the "maybe some day" box. Until, I found a lesson on using "PC putty", making a slurry out of colored polymer clay and Translucent Liquid Sculpey, which could then be applied to indentation on beads (D). Then sand, sand, sand and buff. Hmmm, getting closer.

Picked the best one of the bunch (E) and wire wrapped it. As a finishing touch, add High Gloss Glaze (F) and voila, Ugly Duckling no more!

ADDENDUM for Art Jewelry Elements:

You might have notice the date of this blog post was over a year ago. Jeez, have I really been blogging that long? Seems like I am still learning the ins and outs of it today.  My jewelry creating and polymer clay passions started way before the blog did, and as I have mentioned before was on a dare by my son.

This addition could go on for PAGES, if I showed you all my "oops", "ah, no I don't think so", "OK lets try that agains", and a great many of them never did see the light of day, because with polymer clay, as evidenced by the above, you don't ever have to leave a piece unfinished, or not to your liking.

This is one of my latest pendants that started out as faux dichrotic look on a blue background, and again, because creative challenge means to never be satisfied until you are satisfied, I continued to add to it. It eventually became what I refer to as a Vintage Faux Porcelain Pendant.

To the newbie, first timer, just starting outer, I say Hooray for you, and just keep on going, growing and

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dog Days of Summer

With these "Dog days of Summer" what could be more refreshing than this wonderful collection of "cool" items. All of which are available at by the talented artists listed above the items.

ColtPixy                            ArtmakersWorlds            CreativeCritters

 handarbeitskram             tonjastreasures                 claycatshop
 Fruit salad - set of 6 stitch markers 23K Gold Leaf and Lime Green Pendant Polymer Clay Sea Turtle Family, Australian aboriginal Art Inspired.
 ValeriesStuff                    BewitchingDreams           DesertWindDesigns
 Winter Night Polymer Clay Cuff Coastal Palm Tree Anklet - 9 1/4 Blue Leafy Pendant With Glass Stone Necklace

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