Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sept 24 Mon-Wed Pieces

Sept 24 Mon-Wed
Sept 24 Mon-Wed,
originally uploaded by pati b.
I needed a bit of a break from complexity so decided to work with a few scraps I couldn't bring myself to throw away. The piece on the left uses the last piece of any size from the tesserae I used for the hexagon box a couple of weeks ago. The reverse is made from a texture plate I handcarved for the purpose.
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

September 18 Isis Pendant

originally uploaded by pati b.
Pendant 1" wide at top 2 1/2 at bottom; 3 1/4 in length. Buna cord with bead toggle approx 21-22" in length. Mosaic very glossy -- all polymer clay. Back and bail textured with my own handmade texture plate; highlighted with gold acrylic as is front base. Satin finish applied to these areas.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Faux Leather and Genuine Turquoise Treasure Box

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

Sept 4 Klimt Box

Sept 4 Klimt Box
Sept 4 Klimt Box,
originally uploaded by pati b.
I loved doing this box. It was, however, tricky to photograph as it is as glossy as enamel. Some of the tesserae was embellished with paint; some not.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sept 11 Work in Progress Tribal Box

Other than the batik inspiration fabric, I had no plan, but I guess it was inevitable that sooner or later a cat should show up in my polyclay art.
The box is now complete, feet added, and will be photographed later today if/when lighting permits.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sept 1 "Triangles" Work in Progress

I must be feeling a tad more confident with clay and/or mosaics these days as I decided to challenge myself a bit and set the entire thing in triangles.