Hall of Memories – Part 3

by anna on January 22, 2012

in Anna's Blog

Here’s the next series of the soap opera “Los Clayers También Lloran” (or should I say “clay opera”) starring Anna Gray as a main victim :). On the left you can see the third piece I made from polymer clay – a jewelry set called “The Mistress of the Copper Mountain”. Mistress of the Copper Mountain is the main character of Ural legends and folk tales. The Ural Mountains is the region where I was born and grew up, located right on the border between Europe and Asia. It is a traditional land of artisans and lapidary workers, the lapidary treasure trove of Russia.

What can I say? I’m glad I never tried to sell this piece. That would’ve been a total shame :). There is a saying: “Only let those pieces leave your workshop which you are proud of”, and I’ve tried my best to follow it. The green parts are what was supposed to imitate beautiful Ural malachite (the special sort called “silk malachite”, found only in the Ural Mountains and considered to be the best quality in the world). I did actually manage to create beautiful and realistic malachite patterns in clay by marbling it. Of course you can’t see them. Because to create them, I mixed Fimo Glitter Green, Fimo Metallic Green and Fimo Transparent Green, with Transparent being the biggest part. When baked, all the mix turned semi-transparent green. You can still see them on the left. I photographed them before putting them in the oven. That’s about the only place you can see them now :).  The lesson learned: don’t create marbled mixes with translucent clay in them, they’ll all be translucent once baked. As you can see, there was still a lot for me to learn :).

Next, I kept baking right on a tile, so the backs of my pieces remained horrific looking. However, the thought appeared in my head that maybe clay can be sanded, just like wood. So, naturally, I pulled my woodworking sandpapers out and started sanding. The dry clay. With aluminum oxide. The results can be seen on the left and on the right – horrific white scratches and ugly caverns. The lesson learned – woodworking papers are not good for sanding polymer clay, and clay hates to be dry sanded.

Well, the bracelet didn’t have any claywork in it, so it didn’t get screwed. Almost 🙂

These series were brought to you by an adventurous clayer, aka Anna Gray.

To be continued…

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Gayla C January 22, 2012 at 10:42 am

Anna, At least you tried that is being brave and adventurous! And if we don’t play around, who knows what we miss!!!


anna January 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

That’s true. Without experiment there would be no science. And who knows how many scientists have died experimenting. So, clay experiments aren’t that bad after all :).


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