, love the cow-deer-whatever skull!!
I forget what kind of bead it is I made in the next row. . .
The general method of making a mirror-image symmetrical pattern in a polymer clay bead from scraps, is called a "Natasha" bead
(after Natasha Fleishig). Various clayers were making symmetical abstract images before that, like Dave Edwards, but she was the one who popularized the 4-sided type many years ago.
(there's more info on making Natasha beads on this page for anyone interested:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/beads.htm
......look under Symmetrical Pattern Beads
And there's more info on doing symmetry with canes
in particular, on this page:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/canes--instructions.htm
....esp. under Symmetry & Repetition
How did you do the magazine transfer? I've read about using liquid sculpey in a decoupage sort of way or with transferring ink jet copies but not with something like a magazine pic.merbs
, magazine pages are usually the easiest images to transfer, especially for beginners who haven't figured out yet exactly which combination of variables works for them
... which includes many clayers! They're great fun to do because the images are so saturated with color and they release so easily.
Papers used for "good" magazines are "clay-coated" and are therefore slick and glossy. Almost any magazine with "quality" pages will work, but interestingly many magazine covers
On thing to note when making transfers from magazine pages though is that the images will necessarily be reversed if they're made directly onto clay
(since they can't be flipped in the computer when using a printer).
If they're made as freestanding "decals" though, they can be placed onto the clay flipped over
so they will be the correct orientation.
For Translucent Liquid Sculpey, this will usually mean that the image is a little frosty (depending on how thick the decal transfer is made), but the other brands of liquid clay (the Kato brand, and the Fimo brand) are clearer so the images will have a less frosty look when reversed and viewed through
the cured liquid clay.
Btw, there are some tips on soaking, etc. to remove the paper when making transfers on this page, if you want to check them out:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/transfers.htm
> Basic Instructions