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Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« on: April 01, 2016, 08:42:47 PM »
Let's see your April makes folks!

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Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2016, 08:57:19 PM »
Today's efforts ...

This, believe it or not, began as an attempt at crackled light blue over light pink.  Having failed miserably, it narrowly avoided the bin when I saw a necklace shape I really liked and so had an idea for salvaging what I had done.  A few times I almost gave up as it would have been easier to start from scratch without the pink clay beneath.

Anyway, here it is.  A cupreous pendant.  Sue (my wife) said it was copper-like when she saw it and that is what I had been thinking ... copper with a verdigris patina.  It may have started as a complete foul-up, but I'm pleased with the finished piece ...



My other make today was a pair of earrings using some of the last of the reptile/peacock patterned clay - put through the pasta machine to marble it.  The pendant and the earrings were then treated with Renaissance Wax, which is jolly good stuff. :)



   
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Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2016, 09:16:21 PM »
Lovely - especially the foul-up :D

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Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2016, 09:27:17 PM »
Those are cool Alan

I can honestly say that every single "discovery" I've ever made in clay, or any design that has gone on to be something of a "signature" has started out with me visualising something completely different, trying it and mucking it up.

I think it emphasises the importance of playing when claying. Just allowing yourself to try things out, to go down different alleys etc - even if a project seems like it is going off course. It is all important stuff!

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Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2016, 11:24:29 PM »
Thank you, Carrie and Emma. :)

Yes, Emma, I have found that some of the things I have done that I really like have either started as failures or have evolved much differently from what was in my head.  It's cool when you think all is lost or you come against a brick wall and then suddenly something inspires you and it all just falls into place.  It reminds me of how Glenn Miller searched for his own unique style for his orchestra and just couldn't find it.  Then, the trumpet lead split his lip in rehearsals and was replaced with a clarinet lead ... and that was 'the sound' he had been looking for. ... Well, that's the way the Glenn Miller Story tells it.  I often think of Glenn Miller when things go pear-shaped or when I just can't get 'the look' I want. lol
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Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2016, 08:37:37 AM »
That is a cool story - whether it is true or not - and certainly a lesson in keeping an open mind and allowing inspiration to "find" you sometimes.

It has given me an idea for a thread....

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Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2016, 09:13:03 AM »
"Bombastic" Hinged/magnetic clasp,blue/gold Beady bangle.

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Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2016, 11:38:41 AM »
I like them.

The "Armadillo" pendant is my favorite. Top one of Alans
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Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2016, 12:41:02 PM »
Thank you so much, Karolina! :) ... See?  Why can't I have great imagination like that? I'm terrible when it comes to naming things sometimes and just end up calling it a 'Cupreous Pendant' - which may be be sort of accurate, but it's hardly inspiring!  :o  'Armadillo Pendant' is much better!  ;D

I like your bracelet, Joe!  I've been thinking about hinges so I can make some bracelets.  Do you anchor it into the polymer clay with metal pins or something?  I should think the ease of putting on and taking off your bracelets would be a big selling point - apart from the fact that they're cool! :)
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Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2016, 03:06:08 PM »
Hinge in clay. I think it is best to use some sort of glue, liquid gel or superglue. These hinges had holes but I don't think they anchor too well in the clay. This liquid gel is strange stuff.

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Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2016, 03:10:27 PM »
I didn´t see the hinge. That i s cool :)

:) Glad you liked the Amradillo reference :)
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Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2016, 11:40:55 PM »
I shall call it the Armadillo pendant when I open my Etsy shop, if that is OK with you, Karolina? I can't help thinking of the Holiday Armadillo on Friends when I see it now. lol. I will, of course give you full credit for its name. :)  If anyone actually wants to buy any of my pieces, I shall be thrilled, of course.  It must feel nice when people are actually prepared to part with hard earned money when they like something that much.  But I must admit that I've become very attached to this pendant and some of my other things.  Has anyone actually felt sad when selling a piece they have made?  Silly, I know, but I think I might feel a tinge of sadness at times.  Blimey!  It's only polymer clay!  I need to pull myself together.  :D

Joe, it's a right pain fixing anything other than polymer clay to polymer clay.  I'm led to believe that few if any glues are any good.  I tried some superglue I had and it was useless, but I think it must have been too old and gone off.  My new superglue seems to be much better.  I always try and put an anchor in a join or physically trap the non polymer clay element in polymer clay, but it isn't always easy.  I must look for some tiny hinges.
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Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2016, 11:58:00 PM »
Today's pendant.  A very simple cabochon done by mixing some Cernit neon green with premo pearl peacock clay.  I've called it a Vapour Pendant as I think it looks like some noxious green ether or miasma trapped inside.  I really love this Cernit neon green.  Premo pearl bright green is great, but this neon green is even more vibrant. 

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Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2016, 07:16:16 AM »
Very Classy pendant :)

You can call your pendant what ever you want and no "credit" needed. You made the pendant not me :)

Try 2 part epoxy. It is what i use.
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Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2016, 09:35:01 AM »
Thank you, Karolina.  OK, I shall call it the Armadillo Karolina Pendant! lol ... Only joking.  :P

What do you use 2 part epoxy for, Karolina?  Joining other elements to polymer clay or for getting a glassy finish on a piece?  Epoxy resin is something I want to use.  I'm keen to try one of those Altoid tin fish ponds I've seen - and to use it for other things.  I know it's used with great effect in model making for representing rivers, waterfalls, ponds etc. in dioramas.  Oops!  Just had a senior moment.  :-[  Do you mean that you use 2 part epoxy glue like Araldite to glue pieces?  If so, have you ever had any long term problems with it?  I tried Araldite on the piece I mentioned in an earlier post and it didn't work as well as Araldite usually does, but then maybe I just didn't mix it properly.
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