I’m back. I’m sorry for my silence. I had a block. I did not see it coming, but it happened. All of the sudden I could not create anything. The more I tried, the worse was the result. So I had to stop for a moment and think again: I had to remind myself that this is what I really want to do. My lesson was that creativity goes hand in hand with relaxation, with enjoying life, not with establishing deadlines, stress and beginning the day with I have to. It was a hard lesson, but a good one.
I got my inspiration back when I realized it’s almost the end of the month and I have not made any piece of jewelry for the ArtBeadScene blog. And this is something that is important for me. I can’t wait the beginning of each month to see the inspiration painting. At least I have an idea to work on, which makes things easier.
This month’s inspiration for the ArtBeadScene monthly challenge was:
Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940
By Frida Kahlo
Oil on Canvas
It took me so long to make this necklace because I was taken aback by the sadness of the painting. I react better to happier, colorful inspirations. But I admire Frida a lot, as a painter and also as a woman, brave and strong. I wish I could be like that.
Materials and tools used: white Fimo Professional Polymer clay, brown Fimo polymer clay, pastel colors, leaf cutters, a flexible blade, the pasta machine, memory wire, wire and varnish.
I have conditioned the clay.
I have started with the easiest part: cutting leaves with the cutters.
I have printed the image and cut out Frida’s image. I have put it on polymer clay and imprinted the design into polymer clay (using a pen and pressing on the design lines).
I have started carving a little bit, using the imprint image.
I have cut out around the drawing using the flexible blade.
I have made a pattern on the sides of the pendant (a biscuit-like pattern).
I have made a pattern on the back of the pendant using a brush.
I have used the printed image to imprint the shape of the hummingbird.
I have cut it out and carved it a little (to add more texture).
I started coating the memory wire with brown polymer clay.
I have used a piece of real wood to make the wooden texture on polymer clay.
I have made elongated beads, put them on a wooden stick and I have created the same wooden texture on them using the real wood piece.
And now the fun part!
I have colored the leaves with yellow, light green and dark green pastels.
I have colored the branches with light brown and dark brown.
I have also colored the pendant with brown and black pastels (wiping out part of the color afterwards).
Then I have put everything in the oven (according to the polymer clay manufacturer’s specifications).
I have painted the wooden branches with black acrylic paint and then I wiped out the paint with baby wipes.
I did the same with the pendant: I have painted it with acrylics and then removed the paint with baby wipes.
Thank you for understanding me!