Thursday, January 23, 2014

My Valentine Heart Bracelet is featured on Polymer Clay Daily

I was delighted to see my Valentine Heart Bracelet featured on Cynthia Tinapple's blog, Polymer Clay Daily. My morning ritual consists of sitting down with my cup of Hazelnut coffee, and looking at what new gems Cynthia has discovered to inspire us! It's a great way to start the day! She introduces us to artists from around the globe, and lets us peek at their latest creations and experiments.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Polymer Clay: What's on my Worktable this Week

I'm working on a few canes this week, using Premo Pearl clay in blends of woodsy earth tones, turquiose, green, brown, and tan.
I created a tab bead bracelet using the large cane, I added Gold Leaf accents to the edges. I polished the beads using my bench lathe. I also made a pendant & earring set, that has a coating of Enviro-tex lite resin.
The pink/orange/gold tab bracelet in the right hand corner was an experiment in Faux Raku. I used a base of black clay & texturized it with extra-large grit sandpaper. Then I applied Pearl-Ex powders & Perfect Pearls using my finger. Next, I dabbed on some Sculpey Glaze, then baked the beads for 30 minutes. The Sculpey Glaze caused the Pearl-ex powders to bubble up (looking more like a ceramic Glaze). While the beads were still hot from the oven I added some Kato Clear liquid clay straight from the squeeze bottle, kind of blobbing it on. I popped them in the oven again for another 30 minutes, using the heat gun to clarify them.