This past weekend, I participated in an art/craft show for the first time. It was an eye-opening experience! Although small, local, and not very well-attended, it was reassuring to have favorable responses to my polymer clay and metal embossing artwork and jewelry :) . I also met several very friendly exhibitors, one in particular who was quite generous with information for doing more shows, where to purchase supplies, and general encouragement. I consider it a success! Good feedback, helpful suggestions, and some experience in setup, etc.
I've yet to download all of my photos, but we'll start with a selection from the jewelry.
These next two examples are a couple of my first wire-wrapped pendants. After watching many videos and trying to follow them step by step, bend by bend, I finally just relaxed and found my own way around the clay with various gauges and types of wire. You Tube, blogs, websites, books and even catalogs are a tremendous help with great tips from experienced clay and wire artists. But eventually, it's time to develop your own style and technique - that's when it becomes fun. I'm very grateful to my online teachers and will be adding links to the sidebar in the near future in case you are inspired to give these techniques a try yourself. I have my favorites, and I look forward to pointing you in their direction :) . Here are a couple more wire-wrapped examples:
This is one of my favorites - I don't think this one will be up for sale :) . I'm a huge fan of earth tones and the coppery browns with a couple of splashes of color is just the kind of marbled clay that I love. And it's a double dose of copper with this wire!
Another with a slightly lighter shade of copper wire. I've primarily wrapped marbled clay cabachons - sometimes, I'll take scrap clay and see what I can come up with. Other times, I've chosen colors specifically to get the desired effect. Marbling can be tricky - too much blending and it's a mucky mess. But I like the challenge of coming up with a good balance of swirls and colors.
Now these two are a bit more unusual, eh? I think of this as a sort of freestyle organic doodling technique. This is right up my alley - anything goes. The first pendant has embedded wire for the bail, and is all clay - no metal bezel. I did some texturing of the background and then added various organic shapes and a glass cabachon wrapped in clay. These pendants and many of my projects, jewelry and otherwise, are colored with mica powders (Perfect Pearls). I love that metallic sheen. In the first pendant, the clay is entirely black which really shows off the shimmer of mica. The second pendant has a variety of clay colors but the mica powder still adds a depth and sparkly quality.
Here is another of the organic freeform pendants - in this case, the bail is part of the clay pendant.
This another favorite style of mine to make - faux cloisonne. This picture was taken before a coating of resin was added - the dimension, finish and shine with the resin is lovely! I'll upload a new photo soon. The middle heart was one of my favorites - and it sold on Saturday! I never realized that it may be difficult to part with some of my creations but I hope the new owner is enjoying it. I could always make another, right?
And for my last photos of this post, here is a technique that I made up (at least I didn't learn it from anyone else). These also have since been covered in a layer of resin - wow. Hopefully I'll be able to get some good photos of that, but the technique is more apparent in the pre-resin state.
To create this style, I filled the pendant with clay and then leveled it off with my blade. I added bits of colored clay for the flowers, leaves, butterflies, and pressed it into the white base. Then I shaved it off again, leaving bits behind. It looks much like the paper lampshades, etc., that were in style some time ago with leaves and petals embedded in the paper. I'd repeat this process until I was happy with the composition.
Hope you've enjoyed this peek into what I've been up to. I'll be working on more illustrations for my stamp line with Inky Antics, but still getting my fingers into some clay, too. I'll be back with more photos and work on those links soon.
I am finding that working with a variety of materials is inspiring across the board, so you'll be seeing a little bit of everything here! Thanks for joining me on this creative adventure!
'til next time ~