The making of … a beautiful landscape pendant.

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.
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Helen tests … polishing methods.

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Working with polymer clay means you end up not only sanding a lot, but also polishing to give the pieces a nice sheen. I often don’t polish and instead use varnish, especially when working with Mica powder, which requires varnish. However as varnish is a bit messy and mainly reserved for designs with Mica I have started polishing. My first attempt using my Dremel tool with a buffing wheel has ended up in dents – mainly because I wasn’t careful enough (even the lowest speed on the Dremel is pretty fast and you should only touch the wheel lightly with the item you’re trying to polish) but also because I used the wrong buffing wheel – felt – which is far too coarse for polymer clay.

Frustrated I asked on the BPCG’s Facebook page for advice and started a long discussion about not only the best use of the Dremel, but also alternatives. One member advised me to make my own Dremel buffing wheel out of denim, as it works well as a polishing cloth ( you can even see the difference when you are just using it without a Dremel).

Following the instructions on FloRaeMe’s blog I made my own wheel.… Read More

The Making Of…Cologne Cathedral pendant

Last week I have been busy with my latest project and it took a lot of experimenting. I wanted to create an homage to my hometown Cologne and this pendant is the result of it. As a child I was always scared of the “Dom” because of its enormous size and because due to the pollution it looks very dark – though it’s not actually supposed to be black. The cathedral formed part of my art history exams too and as a student I had to learn a lot of facts about its history, the precious artwork it houses and how to accurately describe its architecture. You can find a lot of information about the Dom here

I bought the cathedral cookie cutters a while ago at the Cologne Christmas Market – they are quite big which determines the size of the pendant. I first started to cut out the cathedral in marble Fimo and also cut out the windows. Then I used a texture plate with the metallic blue Fimo and cut a circle. I then attached the cathedral onto the circle and with an extruder I extruded thick spaghetti in black. Unfortunately Fimo takes ages to soften and it wasn’t easy to extrude. I cured my first attempt and the result is below.… Read More