Friday, February 1, 2013

Three color Bargello and Heart Brooch Pendant -I-

This is an example of a three color bargello I will be sharing in my tutorial that will be available soon.  I created this heart brooch pendant and matching earrings from a veneer sheet that is shown below.



Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bargello Tutorial Coming -I-

I've received many requests on how I create my bargello veneers.  I will be sharing how I do this at the Horizon's retreat in two weeks but am also working on a published tutorial that should be available soon.

Here are some samples of a two color bargello in the Pantone Spring 2013 colors of Emerald and Monaco Blue.  This is just a small part of what I will be teaching in my tutorial.




Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Adding a Signature Stamp Tutorial -I-

This is another piece I made special for the Chameleon Exhibit.  I combined my bargello technique with the CaBezels by Wendy Orlowski.  I will be teaching how to create bargello veneers such as this one at the Horizon's Polymer Clay retreat coming up in two weeks.




We like to put our logo on the pieces we create using our signature stamps.  Sometimes it is difficult to add it during the "building" process without damaging the front of the piece before baking or sometimes I would simply forget so I have found a way to add it later.

I do this by first running some clay through a very thin setting on the pasta machine.  You want it thin enough so it doesn't stand out much on your piece but not too thin or it will tear when it is stamped.


You may need to use a mold release of some sort such as lightly dusting the clay sheet with some cornstarch or spritzing with water.  Make an impression in the clay with your stamp.  I sometimes do several at a time or you may have to do a few for practice until you get one with an even impression that you like.


Cut out around your stamp using a shape cutter.



Add a little bit of liquid clay to the back and position it onto the reverse side of your piece and rebake.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

From the Vineyard to Chameleon Clay Show -I-

My box was carefully packed and finally shipped off to the Seymour Art Gallery for the Chameleon Exhibit which starts this coming Tuesday, February 5 and will run for a whole month.  I thought I would give you a sneak peek at another one of my pieces that I made special for the show.  It is a 6 piece set of wine glasses with a matching bottle pourer/stopper.




I came across this glass rack stand and thought it would work really well for a display.