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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

My attempts at a Bettina Welker Technique

I fell in love with Bettina Welker's Nightgarden Pendant when I first saw it on Flickr and when I saw she had a book coming out with the Nightgarden Pendant and lots more I had to have it.

Once it arrived my first thing I did was chck to see I had what was needed to create my own pendant.  I set about searching the internet for coloured liquid clay here in the UK and I couldn't find a supplier anywhere, so I decided to improvise! here are my attempts at using translucent liquid mixed with the smallest amount of oil and acrylic Paint.

Actually some of them don't look too bad, but just not quite right.  So for a few months I put it aside and then recently decided to trawl the internet again for liquid clay determined to get some even if I had to purchase it from overseas.  This time my luck was in I have found a UK supplier, I was so happy I ordered a few colours and once they arrived I started practising the technique again, it's not as easy as it would seem.  I just fell like I am missing something maybe from the amount of colour I am using or the technique in spreading.  One piece I was happy with and created this pendant from it.

Polymer clay and liquid polymer clay - project piecePolymer clay and liquid polymer clay - project piece

This technique reminds me of looking at the clouds and finding shapes from them and every time I look I see something different.  I also tried it out on a round bead just to see what it would turn out like here

Polymer clay and liquid polymer clay

I am pleased with the bead too, needless to say further attempts at the technique have just not turned out quite right so lots more practise will be needed.

Monday, 12 April 2010

The Shape Shifting Peacock Eye

Polymer Clay Canes

I attempted to make a peacock feather cane, which didn't quite work out

I seem to had made the center far too large, and it was going so well too.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet I'll let it sift around my brain and I'm sure I'll come up with some new ideas.

In the meantime I took a cut and decided to reduce some of the cane and used it to create a Shifting Cane, which I am really pleased with here's some pieces i created using my new Shifting Peacock Eye Cane.

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