Sunday, July 17, 2011

Polymer Clay Play Time

Since returning from Canada, I've been in the studio learning new surface design techniques with polymer clay. I've had this book for some time but needed a good stretch of designated quiet time to crack it open. My favorite technique so far: a brocade look using gold leaf and acrylic paint. I also tried my hand at mica shift, which is very cool...

There's a lot of work in the brocade technique, so I didn't want to waste any of it. I used the curvy trimmings from the bead to make this pretty fan pin.

I purchased a couple of really wonderful tutorials from Naftali Studios for making hollow lentil beads and crackle finishing. These are very well-designed tutorials with clear instructions and good photos. I followed the crackle finish tutorial and decided to use the instructions verbatim. My finished result looks just like her design. Once again, I made it reversible - two necklaces in one... I love that!

Because the bead is hollow, it's very lightweight and comfy to wear. Now to use the technique to make beads in my own design.

This weekend I did my first attempt at mokume gane. I just love it when I can take out my aggressions on an inanimate block of clay. My first successful sheet of mokume gane:

I've got a bunch of beads half done, so I'll be posting those images soon. I'll have some of these new pieces listed for sale in my Etsy shop this week. Until then, you can find me in my playroom.

copyright 2011 Shibori Girl


Ivy Long, Edera Jewelry said...

Wow, it's pretty amazing the variety of textures and effects you can achieve with polymer clay. These new pieces are beautiful, Kate :)

Gabriela Delworth said...


Hello Kate,

Love, love, love all these new pieces!


somepinkflowers said...


you already know i think
you spin magic
with your wondrous beads

this last thingy
has me thinking Deadhead
~~keep trucking days~~
jerry garcia

if you
catch my drift...

Therese's Treasures said...

You do fantastic work I love the fan pendant.

Cara Jane said...

Wow they look great. I too have that wonderful book and have really enjoyed reading it but am yet to use it properly yet - I really must find time to try some things.

Love your hollow pendants too.

Rose Clearfield said...

Beautiful work! I can't wait to see more of it.