Thursday, April 14, 2011

Happy Accidents


Happy accidents, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.
Many years ago there was an artist on public television named Bob Ross. Whenever Bob made a mistake on a painting, and it turned out well, he called it a "happy accident".

Well that is what happened to me yesterday in my studio.
I was hitting a wall, as I am known to do. I had just ruined a batch of beads due to not knowing what I was doing:)) So I decided to make some texture plates with these wonderful Chinese metal type characters I bought on e-bay.

Lord knows I have enough scrap clay to fill a steamer trunk! Well, the texture plates turned out rather well. I baked them and set them aside.

I had bigger fish to fry.

I was in a stripe mode since I very much liked the way the light colored stripes came out on the ruined beads. So, I tried it with gold, black and translucent.

Unfortunately I didn't like the way that looked at all. And I had made a big striped ingot too. Now what? Mush. That is what!
I mushed it all together and thought I had more scrap for texture plates. But wait...what is that color I made?

Bronze. That is what. A most lovely bronze color emerged from the scrap clay.
So with texture plate in hand, bronze colored polymer clay in the other, I made these beads. I also smudged a bit of Pearl Ex gold powder on them. The dome will be the front. The flat part the back. So they will be hollow. If I don't ruin them in the finishing that is. I do that. A lot.

Stay tuned.......

11 comments:

saraz said...

Too cool........

Lora Hart said...

Confused. Are these poly clay? The words gold, black and translucent lead me to believe so. But the photo looks like bronze clay. Either way they're very pretty. Love the chinese characters.

Roberta said...

Yes Lora, these are polymer clay. They do look like bronze clay though don't they? I only wish I had discovered this clay before I invested in a kiln and all that expensive silver clay! This is much more fun for me and much less stressful!

Roberta said...

This is a test post. I have been having trouble commenting on my own blog. Trying out the third party cookie idea.

Roberta said...

Yay it worked!

Carol said...

Well, I'd definitely say they are a Happy Accident!!

I remember Bob Ross well. We used to watch him for hours, making it look like anyone could create a mountain, waterfall and pinetrees.
xx, Carol

rosaria said...

Trial and error in everything! Tenacity needs to be married to Talent, I guess.

Judy Lovell said...

What a wonderful happy accident. I LOVE these.
I used to sit and watch Bob Ross for hours, I loved his low key hippie type voice as well as his talent.

artybecca said...

those are great! That's a very happy accident!

montucky said...

An accident, but the eye that caught that exact color in it was talent and experience.

Roberta said...

Thank you everyone for your thoughtful comments!