HOW DO YOU DO THAT?
TIPS AND TECHNIQUES, PART 2
IMPRESSIONS IN CLAY
I had someone email me asking if I would consider doing an on-line class. The person really liked some of my techniques. Because my style is so "improve" I figured I could never do anything that structured. However I don't mind sharing my techniques. Feel free to use these techniques and make them your own. I think of polymer clay as "Adult Playdough". Play with the techniques and learn from your mistakes. Some of my favorite discoveries were from mistakes. This is the second post to answer my fan's questions.
I am always hunting in craft stores, hardware stores and anywhere else for items that I can use for impressions. I got in the habit of doing this many years ago after watching a Victoria Hughes video on Mokume Gane. She used a wide assortment of objects to press impressions into her clay - phillips screwdriver, adding machine paper core, plastic carpet protectors were some of her favorites. I now have a couple of drawers full of fun texturing tools. Look for thinks that will push the clay, not cut it. Anything with too sharp an edge will cut, not push and distort.
You can also press items (leaves, rubber stamps, etc) into a thick sheet of clay and use it as a mold to reverse the image. Use the mold to get the final impression for your project. These earrings were made from a mold I created by impressing a Queen Anne's Lace flower.