Friday, March 27, 2009

Under The Wire Faux

"Under The Wire" Pendant

I made this faux ivory, turquoise, and jade polymer pendant specifically for the Polymer Clay Guild of Etsy April challenge. The theme for April is "Faux". Faux is one of my favorite things to do in polymer, I have had this idea in mind but the PCAGOE challenge prompted me to get it done, just under the wire for the entry deadline. I normally make beads but this pendant came out very nice and it is a great opportunity to combine different looks and colors into one piece.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ivory Hearts

I made these faux ivory hearts the other day, these are pretty much focal beads, being 1 1/2" tall and about 1 1/4" wide. I haven't made anything with them yet, like a necklace or other finished item, but I wanted to post them.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Saint Patrick's Day Faux Jade

I made these faux jade beads several months ago, intending to make a bracelet. I planned to use Stretch Magic jewelry cord and finish the bracelet without a clasp. I couldn't figure out how to finish it off so I put the beads away. I still can't figure it out (I may need to use a clasp) but I was looking for something green to post today, St. Patrick's Day, and these faux jade tile beads were just the ticket.

The running horse is my own design, it was the first time I have made tile shaped beads and I like the look. This horse design could appear as faux ivory, too. You never know what I might make next. But maybe I should finish this bracelet first.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Faux Turquoise

Here are some faux turquoise beads I made recently. They will be a component of a bigger project soon, but for now, here's the beads I made with a simple technique. I just chop up turquoise clay (adjust the color to suit your turquoise taste, as it comes in many shades) in a small food processor. Press the small chunks together enough so they hold into a bead shape but still have the crevices. I added some brown chunks and olive green chunks for variety on a few of the beads. Bake, then rub black and or brown acrylic paint into the crevices. Wipe off excess paint. Buff and polish.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Found Polymer Texture Tools

I spent some time in Florida recently, I beach combed and collected some coral and shell pieces with texture stamping tools in mind. I have collected these in past trips to Florida, but this time I really looked for deeply impressed pieces that would make a nice texture in polymer clay. I much prefer finding texture tools in nature over man made ones.