Behind already! OK, maybe I was a little overambitious to think I could work through a tutorial and post about it EVERY day… But, nonetheless, we’ll carry on!
Today, I worked through 2 tutorials with varying results. In the interest of time, I’m not going to post all the steps, just the highlights. PLEASE click the links to take a look at the tutorials I used. HUGE thanks to the creators of the tutorials for making them FREE! Here’s what I worked on:
The first (the colorful leaves), I’ve had on my list of things to try for a long time and I’m not sure why I hadn’t till now. I LOVE the way they turned out. Here’s the link to the tutorial. The tutorial is not in English, but I just followed the pictures.
Please note that the tutorial and the design of the leaf broche are not mine! They were created and made available on the interwebs on livemaster.ru. Please see the tutorial for the name of the designer as it is in Russian. I am simply following the tutorial and displaying my steps and results.
I was organizing my scrap clay a couple days ago and noticed that I had a lot of colors of green clay. So when looking for a color palette for this project, I thought of those and pulled them out. I added a couple tans for some contrast. The colors were conditioned and rolled out on the thickest setting on the pasta machine, then cut in to strips of varying widths. The strips were lined up next to each other, cut into a nice neat rectangle, then cut diagonally.
One side of the cut was then flipped over, some backing clay was added, and I used a big tear-shaped cutter.
And these are after baking, applying and removing paint, and buffing.
Because I had a lot of the strips of clay left, I then got creative and made these additional pieces. The 3 pieces on the left have been painted and buffed, the middle ones, painted only, and the ones on the right are just out of the oven. The painting and buffing makes all the difference!
I LOVED this technique and can see using it for lots of projects. I’ve done a few similar things in the past, but not this exact process. Thanks again to the creator of this tutorial!!!
This flower was made using this tutorial from Kucyksheyler – also not in English. BIG thanks to her for the fantastic pictures and for sharing this tutorial free of charge. All credit for this tutorial and design go to Kucykshevler, not to me! She made it look SO easy and I did not have as easy of a time with it as I thought it would be.
I decided to make my flower with black and white clay. I’ve noticed at shows that a lot of people are looking for black and white jewelry. It’s difficult to keep white clay looking completely white – or I would work with it more!
Somehow I ended up with my black lines hardly touching my dots… and I had trouble putting this together because my white clay was WAY too soft. I should have taken the time to firm it up – by refrigerating it or by leeching it (rolling it out between 2 sheets of paper and weighting it so that some of the excess oil leeches out of the clay), but I got in a hurry and did not… so my petals are a little goofy.
I went ahead and used them nonetheless.
At this point, I thought it looked too sparse, so I added some more of the smaller petals.
I love the concept of this flower and will probably scrap the rest of the canes I have left from making it and try again. I want the dots on the petals to touch the lines AND for the lines to come out from the middle of the petal instead of weirdly from off the sides… Once I get a better cane to work with, I’ll try again on the flower.
Once again, all credit for this tutorial and design go to Kucykshevler, not to me! Thanks to her for sharing!
Thanks for checking out my post! Busy times coming up for Nee Nee Ree Beads with a clay retreat coming up this weekend and a weekly show starting the next week. I’ll try to continue with this series of posts – though maybe not as ambitiously as I planned.
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