Playing with Clay and Ink

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Thought I would take a break from Christmas ornaments and experiment with Pardo translucent clay, Pearl Ex Powders and Alcohol Inks today.  Very very happy with the results.  It’s always a guess what will happen before you figure out the ratio of ink to clay.  But I am very happy with these results.  I was going to leave them they way they are but think I will sand and buff them.  The lighter colour  ones look like beautiful moonstone.

Now thinking of other ways to use this great clay for other pendant designs.  Off to the sketchbook now to see what I can work out.

 

New Cats for 2016

My favorite part of being an artist is coming up with new designs for the summer markets.  I seem to be fascinated with cats this year.

Here is the process of one new design.

I run my clay through the pasta machine at the thickest setting then lay my template on top.  I run the brayer over the template so I can see the image on the clay.

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First lay of clay with template

Next is to place brass wire into the first layer so the neck will be reinforced.

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Brass wire embedded

Next is the 2nd layer

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Layers waiting for canework

 

Next I lay my canework on top of these 2.

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Three layers of clay

The template goes back on and the cat is cut out.

 

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Almost done

Now she just needs eyes, cheeks, nose and tail.

Here are 2 all ready for the oven.

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All ready to go

Once cured these little pendants will be sanded from 1500-12000 grit to give them a nice glossy finish.