Sunday, July 28, 2013

Organic FIMO? Seriously? Yes.

 Confession

Organic and Whitewashed FIMO
I admit it. In the past, I've been a polymer clay snob.
What does that mean? Well,
To me, it means that I associated polymer clay with "cutsie." 
(Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
Many people LIKE cutsie. I just don't happen to be one of them.
Of course, cutsie means different things to everyone.
But I digress.

Again, I'm blaming Beatnheart Cynthia for my foray into polymer clay. 
It's all her fault.
Actually, let me back up a little more. I was in a hobby shop
and about to buy some ceramic clay. I've been wanting to 
make ceramic beads for a long time & since I have a 
kiln, I saw nothing stopping me.
Except, of course, I had no clay.
But I digress. Again.

So instead of picking up a big box of ceramic clay that day, I started looking at
the FIMO because I'd seen the things Cynthia was turning out.
And on a whim, I picked up a few packages of FIMO instead
of the ceramic clay.

Whew.
 I know, TMI.

Let's look at more pics, shall we?
(Feel free to click on the pics and make them bigger.)







In addition to those loverly whitewashed colors,
I have a group that I call Stonewashed.
They are made with black FIMO, but the
washing, removing, painting, removing, painting, wiping,
washing, removing. over and over and over...etc etc has
made them resemble stones (or old metal.)




We also have some earthy goodness.
And there's a bronzclay disc thrown into that mix as well.


And discs....



And in the last post, Marina wanted to know what my marking tool was.

It's this, Marina.



And this.


And a few seashells and a few other flotsam items. 

I look forward to trying some of these pieces in art jewelry.
But I also look forward to getting myself some ceramic clay.
I still want to try the same processes with it.

I settled on Krylon Matte finish for the sealer and then
I've waxed each piece with Dorland's Wax Medium, let it dry
and then hand buffed. I love that smooth satin feel after the waxing & buffing.

Again, Thank YOU, Cynthia.
So many mediums...so little time.

Frank and Ernest

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." ~picasso
Carpe Diem!
-L

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Possible Addiction to FIMO


 You say addiction like it's a bad thing. 
Maybe this addiction won't last long, but for now
it's really fun!

And it's all Cynthia's fault.
Well, it's always nice to blame someone else for your own addiction, right?
Seriously, though...when I saw her blog post on polymer clay 
I decided to give it a whirl. I was about to purchase some ceramic clay yesterday
but instead decided to pick up a couple packages of FIMO.


Three Biggie Beads

 This has been a FUN two days!

We'll call these "bendies" because...well, they bend!

That's right. It seems if you get the clay too thin it won't completely harden.
Maybe someone has a hint for me about that.
Or maybe I'll need to purchase a tute.
Or maybe I *LIKE* them bendy! Yeah, that's it!

Made in a mold of an ammonite....
 Yes, I made several molds when I first started getting into
BronzClay.™
 (And speaking of that...I have some bronze in the kiln today.)

Molded in the actual ammonite.



Had to try out adding wires...seems to work okay.



My tendency for earth colors seems apparent....
And seriously, I have a ton of acrylics...even some nice bright colors.
I just could.not.do.it.on.these.

There's one thing about the painting....I can't keep my hands out of it.

Never could. Never will.

And this is a group of red clay that just came out of the oven.
I can't get over how it looks like red ceramic clay!



Just a couple closeups...because I wanted to.


Now I have to figure out whether to spray them with Krylon Matte Finish
or...just rub them with some wax. Or both?

Suggestions??

Thank you, Cynthia. :)
Carpe Diem!
-L