Monday, September 12, 2011

More Distressed Metal - Mixed Media

For these three pieces, I folded and manipulated the metal and then applied either heat patina or an oxidizing solution.   Aside from the sheet of copper, the rest of each piece, including the "screws," is polymer clay with acrylic paints to give it some color.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Distressed Metal - Mixed Media

I'm continuing to work with copper sheet, combining it with polymer clay.  I love the distressed look of patinas and torn edges.  In these two pieces, I used alcohol ink to make a "faux patina", bright in one case and subtle in the other.  The second piece has a Japanese feel to me, and the three bronze paddles dangle freely.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Distressed Metal Pin/Pendant

I love metal, particularly copper, and mixed media pieces, so I've been experimenting combining copper with polymer clay.  I fold-formed the copper sheet and used my torch to put a heat patina on it.  I sealed that so it won't change, I hope, and then put the copper piece onto a polymer clay back that I had colored with acrylic paint.  I don't have any rivets, so I had to figure out a way to attach the two pieces.  Thus the overlay of clay and the fake clay screws.  I'm debating whether or not I need to seal the acrylic paint.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

CaBezels and Image Transfers

I've been busy making brooches using CaBezel molds and image transfers.  Because they have a convertible pin back, they can also be worn as pendants.  Once I got the hang of using the molds, I was able to make these quite quickly.  First I made and baked the bezels, a dark green to go with the floral theme, and then I did the transfer on a light beige clay to go with the background of the images.  Making the cabochons was easy and I had no problem with distortion while fitting the cab into the bezel. 

CaBezels are available exclusively from Shades of Clay and the images are from Sabine Sydney.  I used Magic Transfer Paper for the transfers.