Thursday, April 14, 2011
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.