In my last e-newsletter (you can subscribe below), I mentioned that I had started working in some brighter colours for summer. So, for my first blog post, I thought I'd show you what I've been up to...
I usually start by choosing my colour scheme. As I'm a little reluctant to work with a white background as it's soooo hard to keep clean, I opted for a subtle pale grey, and hot fushia pink, orange, a pearly salmon, and two shades of yellow. I began by rolling out a sheet of the grey and laid this on a tile. Then I took a set of flower shaped cutters and began to stamp an abstract pattern in the sheet. Having prepared my coloured clays to the same depth as the grey, I cut corresponding flower shapes to inlay into the grey, taking care to get an even spread of the assorted colours across the piece. Finally, some flower centres were added for extra interest. The pattern was then gently rubbed down and lightly textured so that the inlays and grey clay melded together to become one sheet of veneer. Having drawn out my necklace and earring shapes on paper so I could work out the finished designs, I then used a range of abstract cutters to cut out the bead fronts.
These were carefully laid into a baking tray and cured for around 20 minutes. Meanwhile, I rolled out another sheet of grey and created a channel in it to take my beading wire. Once they had cooled, I laid the veneers onto the backing sheet and cut the beads out, ensuring that the channel didn't get blocked in the process. I added wires and studs to the earrings and baked everything again.
And these are the final pieces strung and ready for their new owners!
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