Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mosaic Mirrors

Polymer clay mosaic mirror frames using a few of the veneers posted a couple of days ago.
The mirrors have been removed to eliminate reflection while taking the photo.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Recycle and Reuse

My new favorite way for turning scrap clay into beautiful veneers.

Scrap polymer clay from previous projects can be recycled for reuse in a number of ways. Barbara McGuire teaches one technique in her Creative Canes book. However the first time I was introduced to this technique was in a class taught by Kathleen Dustin.

Of course I've tweaked it a bit because after repeating a technique for a while I get bored and come up with variations. Converting scrap clay into these veneers has become an obsession and is a great use for those bags of clay I've been saving under my worktable. Here are the results and my variations; tell me what you think.

Here is the first variation. This is inspired from two great polymer clay artists, Susan Hyde's Faux Fabric and Sarah Shriver's Complex Canes, where the lights and darks are flipped to give contrast. So of course I couldn't stop there. After making this veneer (top), it was too busy. To alleviate this problem I added a striped portion (bottom) to break up the design. I liked the stripes so much that I did several in this manner, here are a couple of my favorites.

Finally Finished!

Lindly Haunani would be proud of me finally finishing this mirror frame started in one her class years ago. The class was so long ago that I can't remember how we removed the glued in mirror. The next frame will not take as long to complete, as soon as I figure out how to remove the little mirror from the center of the new frame.