Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thinking Out Loud

What would happen if you took this AWESOME book, added these materials...

Then mixed in a few rubber stamps...?

You would get these cool polymer clay tiles!

I love this! I have always been intimidated by polymer clay; just the baking, conditioning, cutting, etc. turned me off. That is, until I saw this book. I've never even been that much of a mosaic person, but something about this book drew me in.

This is a great book. It gives in-depth instructions, lots of ideas to tailor your own art, I could go on and on. So, I thought, what would it hurt to try? I did have an ancient toaster oven that I had gotten years ago at a thrift store. I thought I would use it for my experiment. Unfortunately, when I plugged it in, a little trickle of smoke came out and I immediately unplugged it and tossed it. So, with a 50% off coupon I purchased an oven made for polymer clay. (small investment)

I have a pretty good assortment of rubber stamps. So I chose a few that I thought would make interesting tiles. The hardest part IS conditioning the clay. But after that you're good to go. It's worth it when you see your little creations come to life. And rubbing the PearlEx powders onto the clay before it goes into the oven is like magic! Beautiful colors bursting from these little tiles!

I have a couple of projects in mind for these that I'll share soon. I just wanted you to get a peek at what I've been doing behind the scenes. More will follow. Stay tuned...

1 comment:

Grayangi said...

I've never been one for doing mosaics either but that has great potential and I really like!! Can't wait to see what you do with it!