Now I am a newbie to polymer clay and my first two classes resulted in pieces that more resembled science experiments than jewelry. The most important thing I had to do was calibrate the toaster oven I used to bake the pieces. It was running very hot and was scorching just about everything. I also watched many YouTube tutorials which offered great suggestions. So thus armed, I started my third foray into polymer clay. This piece uses a really interesting technique of creating a bead fringe on a separate piece of fabric which is then sandwiched between two layers of polymer clay. Ingenious!
So here’s the top layer. Don’t judge - I know there’s lots of room for improvement. The triangle centerpiece was created by another artist and was part of a big polymer purchase I made on eBay several years ago. This seemed to be a good place to use it.
Here’s how it looks from the front after the final surface treatments.
And from the back:
You're supposed to sign it using a stamp or a piece of cane and, since I had neither, I just used a piece from a business card embedded in liquid Sculpey. Here's the finished piece from the front:
Things I liked about this experience:
- I didn’t scorch my clay: Yay!
- Loved the idea of sandwiching the fringe between the polymer layers. I would use that technique again.
- Loved the shape of the bib with the added fringe and decided to try that on a different piece. Here’s a sneak preview.
As far as Art Jewelry Class #8 goes, Tina is a great instructor and I give this class an A+.