It’s day 3. I still play safe by showing you the process used to make the faux cinnabar art beads for the China in My Heart Necklace (made for the IBA Perlen Poesie 2015 Contest). I’m beginning to get scared by the idea that I won’t be able to come up with another 28 interesting ideas for the following days. But the for moment, I’m still here.
I have tried to make faux cinnabar beads both with red polymer clay and white polymer clay and then to paint them with Piñata red alcohol ink. In the end I liked the way it turned out when I used white polymer clay and red Piñata alcohol ink. In the beginning I considered adding a coat of black acrylic paint and then wiping it out, but there was no longer necessary. I liked the beads as they were.
Materials and tools used: white Fimo Professional Polymer Clay, pasta machine, blade, cutter, clay carving tool, red Piñata alcohol ink, a Chinese longevity symbol printed image, a brush, a Lisa Pavelka texture plate. I have prepared the polymer clay, and then rolled it through the pasta machine through a thicker setting. I cut the shape I wanted using the blade. I have turned it on the back and used the Lisa Pavelka texture plate to make a nice design on the back (I have pressed very well). I put the Chinese longevity symbol printed image on top of the polymer clay sheet and then, using a ball pen tool, I imprinted the design into polymer clay. I used a carving tool; I carved the design a little more. I have made some texture around the design using a brush. I have modeled the margins to make them biscuit-like. I have baked it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once cooled, I have painted it several times with red Piñata alcohol ink.
And that was it! Thank you for accompanying me in my journey!