In accordance to my new year post I am staying focused on my Etsy shop and trying to keep ahead with seasons and events. I seem to gravitate more and more towards my polymer clay at the moment but I think that it’s because I can create whatever odd idea I have (within reason!) as opposed to trying to see what I can buy to make into the idea I have. Does that make any sense?!
I had seen people mixing translucent clay with alcohol inks ( as in the Ranger ones I have used for card making ) and I wanted to see how it all worked. The thing about it though is that the colour shifts when it is being heated so I wasn’t quite sure how it would look. I wish now that I had gone a little bolder with the colours but I am pleased with the soft pastel look. Very spring like – I had to call it The Blossom Collection because it was the first thing that popped into my head when I pulled it out of my oven.
I even remembered to take some photos along the way so I can show you some of the steps as I thought it may be more interesting to see this rather than just the end result.
Bad photos again but it’s near on impossible to me to take a decent photo without setting up my light box and all that jazz.
I started off by softening translucent clay, separating it in 2 and adding alcohol inks in pink and purple (you will see in a minute that these become peach and pink). I make a skinner blend between the two colours so there is a gradual shift between them. I then made a jelly roll cane (sorry, more jargon) with this blend and white. I then made the flower shapes in the cane I had just made (possibly something for another day is anyone is interested) and this is what you get.
From here I cut slices off and layered on white clay.
Smooth out the top layer to make it seamless and cut shapes out to use. I backed the jewellery onto shimmery purple clay because it seemed to fit. Once hardened, varnished and made into jewellery here are the results.
I love that you can see layers in the design and because the clay is translucent it has a glass like quality once they have been varnished.
Let me know if you like the process photos and what not. As you maybe able to see I am playing with photography and props to change things up a bit.
It’s nearly the weekend and my kids half term holiday. I hoping to keep up the blogging momentum as I have lots planned but If I disappear for a week you know why.