Wednesday, April 20, 2011

An aha moment



another solid form bead, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.
I have been working my way slowly through Grant Diffendaffer's book called "Polymer Clay Beads". I say slowly because that is really the only way to do it. I read the book at night to prepare and then the next day in my studio try to practice his lessons.

If you haven't seen his book, it is really unusual. It is very different than other books on polymer clay. I like the way he treats polymer as a very hearty solid material.

These are my first attempts at making his "recursive beads". They kind of look like metal to me. I wiped on a little gold pearl ex for contrast.

I feel like I am making some headway with this medium. There is one thing I tried to do, which I wasn't successful at and that was making polymer headpins. When I work in metal clay, I take fine silver wire, make a ball of metal clay and sculpt it into something interesting. When I fire it the wire and the clay become one. Not so with polymer. All my headpins came off with a little tugging. I guess I will need to use glue. I am kind of old school with jewelry in that I never use glue. It is how I was taught. But let's face it, you can't solder polymer clay. So I'll have to figure out how to glue my headpins.

Well, my buzzer on the oven is going off with yet another batch of polymer clay beads. Until tomorrow then......

5 comments:

saraz said...

Very cool. So unusual....

jamberry_song said...

They DO look like metal. They're very beautiful. :) Thanks for sharing about this book; I'd be interested to check it out sometime. Hope to see more from you soon. :)

Ann Gorbett said...

Love these Roberta! They really look like metal.

Its All About Creating said...

Oh Roberta, don't you just love that! I know exactly what you mean. Your beads are awesome. Well done!

Barb said...

Roberta, thanks for your comments on my blog. I do love your jewelry. Been trying to decide if I should have a separate craft/sewing blog, but if so I would want it separate (I think) from my frugal/retiree blog.........still owrking on that one!