Monday, August 11, 2014

Mineral - #97-99: the turquoise and brown set

Well, the new trend seems to be for me to work all week on a number of pieces and themed sets and then dump them all in the Etsy store and write them up on the blog once a week or so.  There are good and bad things about this.  Bad is mainly that it is horribly time consuming to do so many listings and write-ups at once.  I have been on the computer for over eight hours now, and counting.  It would make much more sense to do it after each completed item.  Note to self, eh?  Anyway...

Practiced new and fun things with these pieces.  It was all about polymer clay and mixing polymer clay with metal and other materials which does classify them as mixed media jewelry.

I started by picking out two contrasting colors of polymer clay and some general accessories I would need once the clay was ready to go.  I have been learning a lot about polymer clay lately through reading and video tutorials online and the important thing that needs to be done first with clay is that it must be conditioned and prepared for use.  This is done in a variety of ways, the simplest being to knead it to soften and break up the plastics which will make the baked result nice and hard.  Once that was done, I layered the clay and then broke in my new Sculpey clay rolling machine by placing the clay in a folder of paper for the purpose of rolling out the clay to an overall consistent thickness.  It's basically a pasta machine that will only ever be used for clay (no mixing food and clay tools!)

Final results after a few times through the rollers:

I then used that chunk of mixed clay for selecting cuts and making rubber stamp impressions for the following jewelry pieces.  New techniques used included making an inlay by filling a rubber stamp impression with black polymer clay and pushing it out.  Doing so will highlight the details of the stamp impression and this must be done on a cured clay impression and then baked again.  I also used a tray for making hollow beads to form one large bead that was used in a ring and bracelet combination piece.

It was a lot of little steps and bit by bit the jewelry came together and turned out well, much to my happiness.

Final results...

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