It’s time for a long-delayed Inspiration Station reveal! Here is where my sister and I throw themes at each other on a regular basis, try out our own creative takes on them, and share them with our blogging friends.
Speaking of sharing, this is my 200th post on the blog, and though it’s just a number 😉 , it’s a chance to reflect on the satisfying creative journey that I’ve documented thus far, and to appreciate wonderful people like you that have shared this journey with me.
And now, without further ado – this is the mood board that I’d come up with for our challenge –
For my project, I made a bracelet with polymer clay. I’d been really missing making jewelry with polymer clay – lately, I’ve been using polymer clay mostly for mixed media assemblage. So I grabbed this opportunity with both hands. 🙂
I was inspired to make my bracelet based on the concept of color harmony that the mood-board represented for me. I’m happy that the resulting bracelet also embodies the concept. Here’s how it turned out –
For this bracelet, I used the Bargello technique. This is a decorative needlepoint embroidery technique that produces zigzagged motifs. The technique has made its way into other arts as well, like quilting – and of course, polymer clay. 🙂
In the polymer clay version of Bargello, a striped polymer clay veneer is cut into thin strips perpendicular to the stripes – across the grain, so to speak. Then, the strips are placed one beside another with a slight offset, which creates the intended zigzag look. I made my initial striped veneer by using snakes of clay of different colors.
I applied TLS on a bracelet blank, draped the bargello’ed veneer over it, made sure it sat well, and baked the piece. I then applied 2-part epoxy resin over the bracelet. This part required some babysitting – I had to keep rotating the piece frequently so the resin wouldn’t pool at the bottom.
I loved how the bracelet turned out, and it felt good making jewelry with polymer clay after so long. I had so much fun that I’m thinking of making another bracelet in cooler colors. I’d like to use a different technique for the bracelet, though. I hope I get to it soon! 😉
And now, do check out my sister’s colorful card – I think the washi tapes in the background look very much like stripe polymer clay canes and Bettina Walker’s Pixelated Retro Blend canes. The similarity to polymer clay is pure coincidence, though. 🙂