FEERIEE 13

Artisan Beads and Jewelry

Friday, August 11, 2017

Polymer Experiment Step by Step ~ Fragments of Time

 Hi guys, how have you been? Finally, a new blog post, woho! 

 I have ordered some ceramic decals from Etsy ( something new for me to play with, yay ) so I was super excited to start working with them. I made many errors but have learned a few things as well, that I will share with you.

So, here is my little polymer experiment. What I tried to achieve were small tiles that would look as made of stone or wood, with art images that seem to have faded with time, like the ones below. 

 

Below are my results ~ they took me about five hours to finish because they have many layers of paint and glaze and I had to let each layer dry.

I'm going to try to explain the process in a few very simple steps, if you want to give it a try.


Start with a sheet of polymer clay, I have used white Sculpey, about 1/3 inch thick, bake it according to the instructions on the package and while the clay is still warm, apply a coat of this ceramic glaze that will act as a glue for your decals.


 When applying the decals try to get as many air bubbles out as you can and then, to get the rough effect on the edges, cut the polymer sheet with a pair of scissors. The tricky part is to do all this while the polymer is still warm, because after it cools down it becomes harder to cut. I love how the tiles above came out: the faded, mysterious images and coarse, stony edges ~ just what I have hoped for!


The decals don't have to be perfectly positioned on the clay and you can cut them in any shapes you like. I went for broken ceramic tile effect for the pair above. The backs are also important, adding a few simple patterns looks better than leaving them blank, me thinks.


 The way you apply the acrylic colors and the layers of glaze is entirely up to your artistic vision. It is usually easier if you have something in mind before you start painting. There is so much inspiration online, you can choose the material you want to go for: a type of mineral, wood, ceramic, glass, also a color palette. For this mystic Peacock's Eye pendant I went for a rough Lapis Lazuli effect that also matches the decal's color palette.


 For these ladies I tried to mimic a very dark kind of stone with gold painted edges. Excuse my terrible nails. I applied the glaze in layers and have used my mini heat gun and sand paper to create the texture.


 Here is another view, I am absolutely in love with the textures in this pair!


This one came out pretty cool too, again sanded and burnt with my heat gun and the edges are painted with black acrylics ~  doesn't it look like it survived an ancient fire?!:)


I have sanded off most of the glaze, the image is not very strong and somehow the shine was very distracting.


A pair of art nouveau swans in light turquoise "stone". The edges came out looking really good! big smile


This one has awesome textures but I might have faded the image a bit too much...oh well, it's supposed to look old and worn out so...I guess it's good.


The rest of my little fragments of time polymers as I call them, a couple of them have lots of air bubbles, like the bird down left, I'll try to see if I can fix them somehow...perhaps sand them off ?

 I hope this helps and inspires you, I can't think of any other steps now, bad teacher, but if you guys have any questions I'll try to answer them if I can.
 If any of you have suggestions, advises, techniques that would like to share, I know that many of you are very good with poly clay ~ please do share, there's always room for improvement. 

I check my Instagram Feeriee13 daily, you can contact me there too if you have an Instagram account. 

Talk to you soon!! 

Laura ❤



Saturday, December 10, 2016

Inspiration for Today

“If you're reading this... Congratulations, you're alive. If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is.” 
― Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head

Browsing museums online, chasing inspiration...I can't remember where I saved these pictures from, I didn't save the links because I had no intention of sharing them, but on second thought, how can I not share them?  


I mean, just look at them...such artistry, such brilliance...enchanting! What else can one aspire to? It seemed so selfish keeping them hidden in my Inspiration folder...what if somebody needs to see them today? I don't think I'm breaking any copyright laws since they're in a museum..? Anyone? If you happen to know something about them or if you have a link to the museum, please let me know and I'll post it.

*Edit. Got it, from British Museum HERE.


So, if you needed some inspiration today, I hope you found it. :) 

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” 
― Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Little Prince




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NEW STUFF!! Rustic Polymer

I'm gonna start blogging more often because I always end up with a lot of stuff that I want to show you and then I get anxiety attacks cause I can't remember if I showed you everything I was planning to and then I have to go back and look through all my folders with jewelry pictures and because I'm not organized it gets very confusing. Whoa, that was a long sentence. *breathe*



The photo above, even though a bit blurry, is one of my favorites. Why? Because it looks like a mess at first, but it's actually an organized mess if you look closely and when you do, your eye discovers similar items close to each other just like in one of those fun hidden object games and starts pairing and categorizing everything until your mind concludes that the mystery mess is solved and organized. Now your eye can finally relax and enjoy all the artistic details because that's why you're here to see something pretty and not to listen to my ramblings, but dagnabbit, I should have taken more mystery mess pictures like this and make you play hidden object games all day.


The Star Breather

Polymer beads painted in one of the best color combinations ever, me thinks. Gold was often paired with blue, usually Lapis Lazuli, in Ancient Egyptian royal jewelry ~ ancient jewelry is an endless source of inspiration for me. I carved The All Seeing Eye and the starry night sky on them with a toothpick ~ very easy, if you want to try it. The pendant is a broken Sand dollar I found on the beach ( I never find a whole one! ) that I soldered with a small Sea glass bead and a pearl that became the Moon after I had the idea to paint it blue and gold like the beads. Look at the natural texture on it. Squeee!!!



Small polymer charms, inspired by..? Ancient jewelry, of course. I glued the tiny crystals with Mod Podge and sprinkled Jacquard Gold dust on it.

 Gold Roses
Gold Roses

Oh, these roses! Made them a few months ago and I sprayed them with Krylon Clear Glaze to seal them, I don't know why because you don't really need to seal polymer clay and I almost never do, but they got all sticky and didn't want to dry up so I had to sand them and repaint them, a pain because of all the ruffles and crevices but they came out looking so pretty. #proudmomma After all the sanding I was afraid they were gonna break so I poured Mod Podge on them. I pour that stuff on everything, I think I'm addicted to it. Dusted with Jacquard Gold, another addiction.

Ancient Sunsets

So proud of these primitive poly guys! Paint, let them dry, sand them, paint again ( yellow brown acrylic mix ) and so on for a few times, add a few drops of gold alcohol ink, let it dry, sand carefully with a soft file ( a cheap nail file works just fine ) and finally paint some details, a scene, anything you like. I tried to paint a sunset ~ you know, the red sun setting over the blue ocean...do you see it? I know you do! :) Already listed on Etsy.

Speaking of Etsy, OMG you guys! This listing has 257 favorites right now and counting! *faints*

 Shine
Shine.

If you're wondering how did I get so many faves, you'll find out about it next time, I have to go walk my boys now. But let's take a moment before I leave and notice my new awesome background ~ thank you. It's a tank top from Old Navy! I know! :)


It's 2 o'clock in the afternoon and I'm still in my PJ's and I haven't eaten anything...well, actually I had some cookies, if those count as food.

See you soon!

Laura xo



Tuesday, November 8, 2016

House of Leaves


Philanthropy Fashion store in Saint Augustine. Loved it.


“What can I say, I'm a sucker for abandoned stuff, misplaced stuff, forgotten stuff, any old stuff which despite the light of progress and all that, still vanishes every day like shadows at noon, goings unheralded, passings unmourned, well, you get the drift.
As a counselor once told me -a counselor for Disaffected Yought, I might add:

 "You like that crap because it reminds you of you.
Couldn't of said it better or put it more bluntly. Don't even disagree with it either.”
 Mark Z. DanielewskiHouse of Leaves

 Right on. I bought the book just because of this one quote. 


“I do not know anything about Art with a capital A. What I do know about is my art. Because it concerns me. I do not speak for others. So I do not speak for things which profess to speak for others. My art, however, speaks for me. It lights my way.”
― Mark Z. DanielewskiHouse of Leaves








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