March is halfway over – and “eye” have been having a great time with the theme this month!
|Notes and sketches in my ever present Moleskine.|
Lindsay really sent me down the research and inspiration rabbit hole. Eyes, hamsa hands, even a relatively obscure goddess Tanit. This was the perfect opportunity to play a little – to experiment with a stencil technique that I wanted to try in polymer.
|Original sketch, cutting the stencil, stencil after curing, and final impression.|
The process had me draw and cut out a delicate filigree in polymer. (I think I should have tried a simpler design for my first attempt at this!) The stencil is cured, and sanded perfectly flat – then used to imprint the design in subsequent pieces of polymer. One nice feature to this technique is that it is easily reversible for paired images, or mirror images – say wings or the like. Wings! I need to try that…
|The first of the series.|
I wanted to create multiples in order to play with polymer inlay and some faux stained glass ideas. I created a set of hands, maybe 6 in all – in black and other random clay colors that were on my table. The first one was a tried and true method – mica powders in the impressed areas. I cured this halfway and then added a layer of Translucent Liquid Sculpey in the impressed cells of the design. As you can see – this one was colorful! The design was rather clear – it could have used a bit more cleanup of stray sprinkles of mica…
|Mica powders and a layer of TLS.|
The TLS is so so thick… So I diluted it for the next batch with clay softener. This time I tinted the “goo” mixture directly using the mica powders again. I wiped them back as best I could before curing – it was NEVER my goal to have to sand a lot afterwards. I am not a fan of sanding.
|Tinting thinned TLS with mica powders.|
I tried a direct inlay of polymer clay… ( Purple and pale blue below). While I like the technique – I would like it better for smaller areas and lines. This was WAY too much sanding – and as you can see its still a bit of a mess.
|Alcohol inks, inlay, and inspiration!|
My inspiration for these experiments and many more was ” The Art of Polymer Clay” by Donna Kato. It is a wealth of information and inspiration! Overall I am happy I tried these techniques out in a situation with no pressure – I can see using them more in my work as I continue to experiment with polymer as a sculptural medium.