Monday, March 31, 2008
SPRING! *cough* (is this thing on?)
So this is the view we woke up to on Friday. *sigh* Yes, I know it is a wonderful view, I'm just wanting it to be a tad more green and balmy and a skosh less freezing cold and snowing.
So I created these polymer clay eggs! They remind me of warm summer days. I had a request to make an egg with a Brown-Eyed Susan theme. I made this one first:
But it looked all soft focus to me and I wasn't sure if I liked that strange effect. So I made this one where the flowers are more like illustrations:
After going so tight with the image, I felt the need to totally go another direction and loosen up so I created this one:
To be honest, I love them all :) They each have their own vibe.
A log of polymer clay with a picture or design in each slice is called a "cane". I used to do a lot of caning when I used Fimo polymer clay back in the '90's, even though the stiffness made it hard to work with, it held images well and didn't distort when you reduced it. I have been working with Premo for a few years, mostly making patterns that don't rely on careful caning. When I tried caning with the newest version of Premo clay, I found it really squishy and my images got distorted. I know what to do about this; I can leach the clay (leave it out overnight wrapped in paper to pull some of the plasticizer out), also I can let the clay cool between steps or even put it in the freezer when I need a firmer clay. I will try these next time but I can be so impatient when I am creating!
I created a slideshow showing most of the process of making the cane for the middle egg:
Slideshow on Flickr
Also I am entering the first egg in the the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy or PCAGOE April Polymer Clay challenge.
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