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Beadbug

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Hello
« on: July 10, 2016, 10:52:33 PM »
I'm new to the forum,I've never used one before so this is going to be interesting. I used to work in polyclay years ago but gave it up for various reasons. Since I started again I'm amazed at how far the art has come and the beautiful work being produced in all the countries where clay is used. I find that I am relearning the basics but now I can afford more tools and have become a tool 'junkie', and if I can't buy a gadget I try to make it, in the spirit of make do and mend. Since I started working again there are some techniques that I've changed a little from the way I did them years ago and there is an idea I have that I can't quite get right, it's very similar to the way you ice a cake then drag a cocktail stick through to make chevrons. Anyway I'd be interested in comments or ideas.Thanks
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Re: Hello
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2016, 05:58:54 PM »
Welcome!
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2016, 07:15:38 AM »
Hello and welcome to the forum!

I've moved your post to the introductions area, because it is mostly an introduction and I think more people will be likely to see it and say "Hi" to you here.

I think also your question about the chevrons technique will probably get a little lost, so do feel free to post a new thread about this in one of the question areas too

Enjoy the forum !

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Re: Hello
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2016, 09:37:24 PM »
Hello  :)

Here is one way of getting those chevrons:
http://www.polyclay.co.uk/index.php/topic,711.0.html
I'm demo'ing there with scrap clay but a planned stripe would do very well, too, of course!  For this effect it's best not to use a very sharp tool because it works better and is easier to smooth afterwards if the clay is 'dragged' rather than scratched.

However, here is a tutorial doing just the opposite - removing some clay with a lino tool or similar, for a completely different look!  I guess this one depends on using scrap clay for the fabric effect:
http://www.annesophie-b.com/2014/08/imitation-tissu-peruvien.html

Thinking of icing cakes, then making a thick mixture of liquid and solid clay in different colours (if wished) and laying it down in lines or stripes in a 3-dimensional way then dragging the tool through would give a great texture.

And how about extruding (or manually rolling) thin rolls of clay and putting them side by side (different colours?) and dragging the tool through for another effect.....

You've got my brain ticking now!  Hmmmm - l'm on holiday a long way from my clay  ::)
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Re: Chevrons
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2016, 10:37:06 PM »
Thanks for the demo Carrie, I've tried this with some very soft clay and got some quite interesting results. I'm imagining special effects with water and carp but I am now on holiday away from my clay, still, I have my drawing pad and pencils so I'm going to play with some ideas. I'm also hoping to collect some textural ideas while here on the sweltering Solway Firth. Sooooooo hot!

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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2016, 04:19:23 PM »
Hot everywhere  :o

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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2016, 11:37:09 PM »
A very warm welcome, Beadbug! :)  We're just down the coast from the Solway Firth and it's sweltering here too!  :P
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