Hello dear friends!
I think the definition of Insanity given by Albert Einstein was: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. So for two months I’ve been thinking of how I can change my input to get a different result. And I hope that this thinking and questioning period was a good thing and I also hope to have more fruitful results in the very near future.
I’m not saying more for not spoiling the surprise and because I am afraid to announce that I will do something and not be able to do it (like I did with the PCChallenge that I could not do finally).
But as I am an optimistic person, I chose to be grateful for what I managed to do and encourage myself to do more next time.
The inspiration for this piece was represented by the March theme of the ArtBeadSceneChallenge.
“Still Life with Pussy Willows”
By Taisia K. Afonina
1964, Oil on canvas
80 cm × 60 cm (32 in × 24 in)
Now, let’s start the tutorial, shall we!
Materials and tools used: dark blue Fimo Professional Polymer Clay, Dolphin Gray Fimo Professional Polymer Clay, Blue Translucent Fimo Professional Polymer Clay, translucent white Fimo Professional Polymer Clay, silver metallic Fimo Professional Polymer Clay, metal leaf, liquid Fimo, stamp, a pasta machine, a soda can, a craft knife, a petal cutter, a skewer.
First of all I conditioned the clay (from the lightest color to the darkest color).
I prepared a long sheet of dolphin gray polymer clay and measured it against the diameter of the soda can.
Then I cut neat edges using a ruler.
After measuring it against the soda can’s diameter, I decided to cut the extremities using a round cutter.
Now I’ve got the cuff frame to work with.
I added stripes of silver metallic polymer clay and metal leaf. (I hoped that the end result would show more of the metal leaf that it actually did).
I cut the sheet in 4 parts, stacked them up and covered the pile with a thin sheet of translucent blue polymer clay.
Then rolled it again through the pasta machine through the thinnest setting.
Next, using the petal cutter, I cut an oval form that I wrapped around the skewer.
I’ve cut the excess. Now I’ve got the center of the “flower”.
I’ve cut another oval shape and applied the tube on it, pressing slightly. I cut a blue petal and applied it on top of the tube.
I pressed gently to stick the petals to the tube.
I wrapped the bead, the gray on the inside, the blue on the outside and I textured the margins a little bit between my fingers.
Then I applied the “flower” onto the cuff pressing gently on the skewer.
I pressed again on the margins of the tube to make sure it was well fixed in the cuff.
I applied the “flowers” all around.
I pressed each side of the “flower” into the next “flower” to have them connected (and thus the “flowers” would stick to each other and to the cuff).
I decorated the cuff all around.
Then I put it in the oven for 40 minutes at the temperature recommended by the polymer clay manufacturer.
After taking it from the oven and once cooled down, I doubled the inside of the cuff with a sheet of dolphin gray polymer clay stamped previously with a stamp. I used Liquid Polymer clay to make sure the two sheets of polymer clay will stick together.
I trimmed up the excess of clay using a craft knife.
Then I put it in the oven again for 30 minutes.
After cooling down, I polished it with 360 grit sanding paper (using water). I think I should have sanded it some more (when looking at the pictures, I noticed some spots that would need further sanding).
I wanted to add some miracle round beads all around and finally I did not like the result.
I still added 2 miracles beads at each margin (using gold wire).
Well, that’s it.
I hope you liked my tutorial. I am happy to be back with a clearer vision and lots of inspiration for you!
My best to you!