Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mokume Gane Process Part 1

Mokume Gane Process Part 2

Mokume Gane Process Part 3

Mokume Gane Pendants

I am attempting to gain college credit by evaluation for some of my art/craftwork skills. I was challenged to create a new polymer clay technique by one of the school's evaluators - and I'm glad I was, because this is the result. This is my take on the mokume gane technique (pronounced moh-koo-meh-gah-neh), which was originally a Japanese metalwork technique. For me, the process involved a lot of layering and manipulating different colors of polymer clay, then imprinting and shaving off the very top layer to reveal the wonderful marbling effect within. This was no easy feat - it was tricky, especially the shaving part. Each pendant has copper flake inclusions which I placed in between some of the layers when I was making them - it's the most obvious in the middle pendant above. I will be posting some pictures of the process as well (see above).

Friday, November 14, 2008

Modish Giveaway

If you love handmade goodies, then you ought to check out The November November Giveaway at Modish (yes that's 2 Novembers and for good reason). You can win more than $750 worth of all kinds of original creations - like jewelry, bags, notecards, and much much more! What you see in this picture is only some of what's up for grabs. What a nice holiday surprise that would be, no? Check the giveaway at Modish and find out how to win them.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New Polyclay Pendants/Earrings

Some new polyclay pendants and earrings. These were stamped with the acorn image, framed with a beveled edge cutter, coated in mica powder and then varnished in gloss.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008