Since I discovered polymer clay to make a couple of buttons and beads for felting projects a while ago, it’s been calling to me quietly from my craft box.
I’ve been wanting to have another play with polymer clay and have been waiting for the right time and a touch of inspiration.
Like felting, polymer clay has got great potential in terms of colour mixing and versatility of design.
Last night after my friend left to go home to Brisbane, I took out my polymer clay in a selection of colours and a piece of maroon felt that I’ve been using lately to cover books with. I love the colours in that piece so much, I wanted to put it to more good use.
Taking three colours – red, purple and yellow, I blended the polymer clay in my hands, then rolled it out several times until I had a lovely marbelled effect. I cut out a couple of different shapes, moulded one on a teapot lid to give a curve resembling an open shell, and rolled the other to create a semi-closed shell. To give definition to where I would place some felt on the open shell design, I cut out a thin strip which I stuck into a ring, making a little scroll that I stuck over the join.
Then I baked them.
I anticipated the end result with glee as I waited for the kitchen timer to ding so I could take the pieces out of the oven to cool.
Eventually they were cold enough to touch and I set about putting the pieces together, with some of the maroon hand made felt and a couple of freshwater pearls to give a focal point.
I realised at that point I need to be a tad more refined when I’m creating the initial shape, and if I want a smoother surface, I’m going to have to pay more attention to detail. But you have to remember, this is only the second time I’ve made anything out of polymer clay, and while the finished products to a trained eye will most likely look fairly ‘rustic’, I regard this as a successful experiment.
To draw my critical eye from the slight imperfections on the surface, and not having any polymer gloss in my possession, I did what any self-respecting impatient artist would do and reached for a bottle of clear nail varnish.
Several coats later, I had a gloss finish to those babies that would give epoxy resin a run for its money. The glossy surface really sets off the matt of the felt too.
All in all, I’m pretty pleased with my two pieces of polymer and felt jewellery. It’s a definite outlet for more creativity, and a lovely way to mix media.
Here are some photos of the finished two necklaces.