Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thrifting Thursday 2-6-14 Polymer Scraps & Tin

Hello Thrifty Craft Friends~ Welcome back
I promised myself that after the new year I would delve back into the world of polymer clay.

One of my favorite techniques is Mokume Gane [which I have blogged about before >HERE].


I set out to make a new wall cross for my Food for the Poor series and see what else cropped up since I tend to work in a kind of free form, organic, 'let's see what happens' style...
Next I covered an old candy tin lid and treated the side walls of the tin with Ranger patina to cover up the markings. Here you see a before & after.
With still more clay left I started thinking about what else I could do with it.   I have quite a few tins sitting around that I have used for RPT [re-purposed tin] jewelry. I cut apart the round heart tin at left, hammered, sanded and shaped it and used the wall of the container as a form for a cuff bracelet.  
When cutting Mokume Gane, you have a choice of inside or outside slices. Outside gives a different design with each slice, but if you lay it to the inside you get a mirror image.  When I applied the slices to the cuff below, I wanted a mirror image. 
To my amazement, when I flipped it over, I saw an OWL staring back at me!  Do you see it?


Then I cut, hammered and shaped another piece of tin, narrower this time and made another bangle.


Here are two sets of focal and accent beads I made from the mokume stack scraps which are trimmed prior to manipulating the clay.







Last, I was left with a pile of remnant clay bits. I hate to waste and I love to tinker, so I rolled them into a log and pushed it into my extruder with the hex bit in place and extruded the whole lot .  When the log was expelled, I covered it in a thin wrap of crimson [also a remnant] and proceeded to stack, cut, layer and roll through the pasta machine.
The result of that is to your right>

I then cut another strip from RPT and hammered, formed and sanded it into a cuff. Then covered the entire surface with clay and Voila'


This was the last little piece. I rolled it through the pasta machine and covered a hideously ugly polymer square from an old project. Now it reminds me of a sunrise. 

There you have it! 
Scraps & Tin = Thrifting Thursday.
Thanks for spending your time today~
Warm Regards,
Tammie








1 comment:

  1. I never thought about using tin and covering it with polymer clay. I wondered how people made cuff bracelet. How long do you bake it. Pretty neat!

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