Monday, April 28, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
And just like my polymer bead tutorial , I would definitely try using ultralight clay and cure the core first. Smoothing the veneer down on a hard surface does not change the shape of the surface below. But when you smooth the veneer down on uncured clay, you run the risk (and work harder) of changing the shape of the core.
And these wine stoppers are pretty outrageous!
Monday, April 21, 2008
And here's some fabulous pieces by Stokes Galleries. She's another talented Etsy artist - check out her shop. She hand molds these leaves below and makes them into polymer clay jewelry. Have a marvelous Monday!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Hope everyone who celebrates has a happy Passover!
Friday, April 18, 2008
I took the yellow shape, placed it on some clay set at #1 on the pasta machine. When I put the silver bezel over and pushed down, I realized it needed to be thicker. I then added another oval set at #1 again. Still not good. I realized it had to have a more curved form on top like a cab so I made a long oval.
And here's the side view. The base looks too thin, especially because I plan to add tubing. I plan to hang the piece on sterling cable and the tubing adds a really nice finishing touch to the piece. I measured the outside diameter to see how large of a hole I will need to drill through the cabachon at the end.
To be continued . . .
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I rubbed TLS with my finger on one half of the bead and laid my veneer on it. Here's the front and side view.
Then I applied TLS to the other side, laid that veneer on, and smoothed the edges. One thing I did notice though, the next time I would definitely cure it midway with one side completed. I found it awkward smoothing the edges of the 2nd veneer next to the first. Things moved a little and I had to work at perfecting where the edges meet. Here's the side view of the bead. The bead is now cured. I will be drilling the hole tomorrow. That's something I always do before curing so we'll see how this goes. Also, I have a jeweler's scale so I intend on weighing this bead and comparing it to another with a Premo core. I'll post tomorrow the results.
Oh yeah - I almost forgot. Remember I said I had a great day in the studio? I made a veneer that I just have to do something else with. It's spring, right? Time for some changes. This will also involve a tutorial. But for now - here's the sheet. Doesn't it look like something from the sea?
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Yesterday, I was pretty busy in the studio gearing up for taking a little time off. I used a blue and orange color palette for the most part and experimented with some new patterns. The first one reminds me of ric rac trim.