Sunday, October 31, 2010
After forming beads, I covered the forms with a thin layer of clay and cured for about 7 minutes. Then I added a layer of thicker clay and textured. Cured again. About 15 min. I then antiqued the beads with burnt umber acrylic and allowed to dry overnight to assure thorough drying of paint in the crevices.
After that I lightly dry sanded (mask) with 320 and 600 papers to sand through to the lightest color (a mixture of white, ecru and translucent). Rinsed the beads and then put them in a 250 degree oven (in foil baking pans clipped shut with butterfly clips) for nearly an hour to be sure inner core dried.
They were then hand buffed on my jeans while I watched a movie.
I will apply a very light coat of shoe polish and buff again before final assembly of necklace.
I got so excited about the possibilities I now have a ziploc bag full of forms of all sorts.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Took advantage of Hobby Lobby clay sale to pick up some glitter clay for Christmas uses.
Extruder canes, single or combined by smooshing and/or creating Picasso cane. Pretty glitzy but then they are for Christmas use.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The piece on the left was an "accident" of sorts...I carved the texture plate and when I impressed it, liked it well enough to make a stand alone pendant. The reverse uses the same plate. The bail is wrapped clay as are the toggle beads. First time I've done that. Won't be the last. The matte bronze was mixed from green black and gold Premo.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
First prize winner in last October's PCAGOE competition (2010), this beautiful box would make a great gift for lovers of the Southwest, a special guy, or a Sagittarian with a fondness for turquoise.
A imitative leather technique was used in creating this piece, and a genuine turquoise disc is framed and centered on top. Entirely handmade.
The box is just over 3 inches square. The lid extends 1/4 inch all around. The dark areas were glazed with burnt umber; the interior of the box is also burnt umber, and the bottom is fitted with dark brown suede. The adorable little feet are textured.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
The box is now complete, feet added, and will be photographed later today if/when lighting permits.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
After gessoing (with unbleached titanium gesso, the box was painted first with iridescent white and then interference green.
The pearls added themselves. I didn't even remember that I had pink ones.
Thanks to Lynda Moseley (SC Diva) for your generous sharing of your excellent tutorial!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
"Here it is...after popular demand...translated into a mosaic for the tree challenge!
40cm by 55cm. Glass, mirror, milli, glass beads, ceramic beak."
Monday, August 16, 2010
This is one of those techniques I intend to work at, from time to time, until I get it right. If nothing else, I might end up with lots of pretty tiles.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
The two larger pieces were carved and/or painted on raw clay before curing.
Issues with all, tho' I like the colors, etc., but I should salvage some bits for mosaic work.
Monday, August 9, 2010
One of my newest pieces: A rich little treasure box just 2 x 3" in side all in polymer clay on a paper mache' base...faux leather, mosaic tiles using a modified mokumne gane technique, textured mosaic tesserae and genuine turquoise. The interior is a glossy black and mottled copper (paint)
The base is that most humble of Sculpey polymer clay: Good old school days terra cotta. When glazed with burnt umber acrylics and waxed with shoe polish it is just too good not to use. I used my extruder to define the primary channels, copper tube acrylic to color and as with the mokumne tiles and center textured tiles (done in tube bronze and copper) sealed with diamond clear finish.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
There is nothing for it but to grab anything critical, laugh, hope for the best...and of course, give Jake a belly rub and a kiss.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Won't be claying for about a week, but my grandaughter is in my immediate future, so it's an easy choice..
Monday, June 21, 2010
June 19 2010 Faux Venetian Glass Tile Mosaic Pendant,
originally uploaded by pati b.
This pendant is 1 3/8 x 2 3/8 , finished with a gold aanraku bail.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The pendant is 1 1/4 inches wide at the widest point and 2 1/2 inches long, accented with a beautifully matched genuine turquoise stone.
Perfect paired with a copper chain, leather, hemp or buna cord. Comes nestled in a snazzy gift pouch.
now in my etsy shop patibannister
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
This dramatic pendant is 1 3/8 inches wide at the top; 1 5/8 at the bottom. It is 2 3/4 long from the top of the integrated faux jade bail. It has been rubbed with a beautiful golden-green metallic glaze to bring the jade color into the body of the pendant and create a harmonious composition. It has been sanded and buffed to a soft sheen. A very light wax finish has been applied.
It will be perfect with a simple gold chain, velvet cord, ribbon or beads.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
But, as mentioned earlier, Wednesday is my drudge day, and my break is over so back to work, with visions of others' gorgeous stuff in my head . . .
As Sunny said "the pattern looks like a magical pathway under the ocean".
Monday, June 7, 2010
Both are wonderful colors; the bases have been sanded and buffed to a soft lustrous sheen, and feel as smooth as jade.
Both also have an integrated batik-textured jade and would look great with chain, cord, ribbon or beads.
Left: 3/4 x 2 3/4
Right: 1 x 2
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
With seven little beasties, all with their own agenda, I see tis look often...usually when my food offering is unsatisfactory or when they want something and I am failing to understand their demand of the moment.
Absolutely priceless, and sadly for me, already off to a new home in Australia.....
Sunday, May 30, 2010
There are two other birds which will be part of this screen which I already have, a goldfinch and a nightengale, and if they are not in the "Whimsies" set, I'll put them there....AFTER A TALL SCOTCH & SODA, OR BEER OR SOMETHING!
I will sit on the porch, drink & WATCH BIRDS!!!
Obviously highly stylized, I feel I am on a tightrope between the birds' natural adorableness and the "cute" word. It's my natural style and my natural balancing act.
Each piece is ACEO size which works for ratio of finished pieces.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Originally I had transferred these images onto polyclay, but once done, I felt they lacked the warmth that canvas/fabric can impart, so redid them on linen/homespun.
The tiles are all bits and pieces cut from a series of medallion tiles I made and then dabbed with several metallic paints to both gild and warm them to enhance the images.
I am so happy to have finally finished this piece. It seems that every bit of it except for the brocade fabric on the body has been done or redone at least twice.
Click photograph to see a larger image.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Hubby's middle school trumpet. It has been on my to do list for years, and I had hoped to finish it before the Jazz festival this year, but I didn't meet my deadline.
Glass and stone beads, glitter glass, metalic mirror, mirror....on a mirrored stand.
Uploaded by Sherry / mosaicfanatic2 on 16 May 10, 2.23PM PDT.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
This is one of those things that has elected to change as it's gone along....frustrated for a time, but hopefully it will be worth it!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Images are on transfer paper, reversed and ready to transfer to clay. I printed an extra for safety, a tiny pair possibly for earrings and medium size for mini boxes and/or a two sided pendant, if I don't tire of these images too soon.
The squares are made from the fabric motifs, which I scanned.
I'm either going to love this or.....not so much.
best viewed large, if you like this sort of thing.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
3" square paper mache box box; polyclay, burnt umber/red oxide acrylic glazes; polish.
Box interior; metallic acrylic
The pear image is a transfer made from one of my paintings; the tiles are all textured with stamps I've made.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I see planets, stars and creation in this.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Tulum and September Moon, respectively
Sunday, April 18, 2010
The image is a small detail from a Thai wat (temple) mural.
I haven't yet decided whether to use this on a box or a mixed media collage/assemblage on canvas.
A Flickr contact posted this from a site which as a lot of cat art inspired by famous paintings, and I fell in love with it...isn't she wonderful!
I've been missing painting for awhile and might have to see what I can do about that...so many ideas so little time.
Sometimes it's bewildering.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
One of the Seven Mewses ..... lucky to catch this as he rarely slows down ....