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?
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~