Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Clay peacocks

I've been playing with polymer clay for the past few days.  I got out some clay straight from the package and made some molds.  This entailed walking around the house and looking for things I thought might make interesting impressions.  Two little dogs were very excited that we were on a treasure hunt. I didn't realize that simply roaming from room to room delighted them quite so much.

I baked quite a lot of polymer clay, but when I decided to finally pull out some silver art clay, I just made two impressions from my new molds.  I thought I would see how it worked out, then try some more after seeing what adjustments I needed to make. 
I'm still shooting indoors without a photo station.
This is a small pendant with a couple of random peacock feathers.  Yes, I noticed that the upside down one in the upper left rather looked like an ear, but I was so excited about my peacock feather mold I really didn't notice that I'd found Van Gogh's severed ear.  I made the mold (below - in positive and negative) from a plate I bought at a thrift store this summer.
I made my pendant into a necklace with a blue quartz coin, moonstone roundel, and tiny crystal.

I oxidized the sterling chain and the pendant, but didn't give the dangles any patina.  This wasn't a design strategy, I just didn't feel like going into the cold laundry room to mix up the patina gel when I finally sat down and decided to make the piece into a necklace.
my mold

here is a polyclay impression
side by side- negative and positive
 I made another silver pendant, but I didn't like these pics well enough to subject that one to the camera.  My second piece is a  floral which I made from the decorative part of a barrette that I think has been floating around my stash of hair-do bobs since I was in college.  I'm hoping it will stop raining long enough during the daylight hours for me to take a picture.


  1. Very cool! I love how they came out!

  2. Yes, good step!
    Makes me smile.
    Can't wait to see what comes next.

  3. I like the detail in the pendant, very nice.