I just realised that I posted my last entry in May. Upps. Well to be fair I have been very busy making things and taking part in a three-day polymer clay workshop Polydays, which took place in September in a small village called Toddington. It was taught by some of the world’s best polymer clay artists – Carol Simmons, Alison Gallant and Bettina Welker and it was quite intense – and back breaking. I came away with lots of new techniques and unfinished projects – as most of the projects taught were quite time consuming. In the next weeks I will finish those projects ( a reversible necklace, a hinged bracelet and beautiful Mokume Gane slices which I will use for pendants and bracelets.) and will write a bit more about Polydays.
In the meantime I wanted to share how I made this pendant:
On the final day of the Polydays workshop Alison Gallant showed our group how to create her reversible necklace and also how to create Mokume Gane canes with ripple effect – a great technique that creates beautiful patterns. Somehow though I wasn’t so happy how they turned out when I cut them and placed them on the clay – so I mashed up the clay and put it through the pasta machine a few times -and the colours changed into something I really liked – so I cut out some small circles, used some of them for the necklace and the rest for future projects.
When my sister visited us last week I showed her all my “leftover” cabochons and let her choose one, which was this one:
To be honest I would have chosen the exact same as it reminds me of landscape paintings by one of my favourite artists William Turner (who I also studied during my MA). Next I created a frame for it, let her choose the colour, texture and hanging (just simple holes) and baked it. The tricky bit was to attach the rather thin cabochon to the frame – I added an extra layer of raw clay and used FIMO liquid to adhere it. After baking I varnished it with Satin varnish. The clay I used was Premo and Premo Accents which comes in beautiful colours. I am new to Premo, having used mainly Fimo previously, but since the Polydays I love it as it doesn’t leave too much of a residue on my pasta machine, which is normally a pain to clean and I often spend more time cleaning the machine then actually working with the clay!
Anyway I hope you like the resulting pendant. I am planning to make more landscape pendants in the near future.
Update: You can now find my landscape range here