A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Craftster is for freely sharing how to make things! Don't post pics of things you sell in hopes of getting some sales or we'll have to bust out the LIMBO stick on you! Wink
Total Members: 300,960
Currently Running With Scissors:
427 Guests and 6 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: How to make "unearthed" beads  (Read 1428 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
SlickMariaVic
« on: March 12, 2007 02:27:09 PM »

I found a link to this gallery of polymer clay work
http://www.rubarbdesertdesigns.com/beadgallery.html
and she had quite a few beads with alot of surface detail that I really loved.
http://www.rubarbdesertdesigns.com/2006/unearthed.jpg
Im new to polymer clay so I was just curious how to produce such a look. Would you make a base bead and just create little snakes and apply them to the surface? Should the base bead be raw or baked? Much thanks!

« Last Edit: March 13, 2007 12:18:27 PM by something_wierd » THIS ROCKS   Logged

"That which is creative must create itself -" Keats

Pinterest
http://pinterest.com/slickmariavic/
zitrone21
Offline Offline

Posts: 442
Joined: 18-Apr-2005

Ooh, I'm so blurry . . .


View Profile
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2007 03:51:41 PM »

It certainly looks like she added the sculptural elements to base beads, especially looking at the beads that only have a few curliques and whatnot on them.  I haven't done much with poly clay but I *believe* you can bake the clay multiple times as you add elements.  It would make sense, because then you can add all your little decorations and squish them around the bead without worrying about misshaping it as you go.  I know I've read about techniques that require multiple bakings, but I can't remember where or when or anything more helpful like that Smiley

Those are awesome beads, though.  I saved them to my "inspiration" file. 
THIS ROCKS   Logged
FishStikks
Member of the Papercraft Gang
Offline Offline

Posts: 1148
Joined: 30-Dec-2006

"My Heart Rat Norman"


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2007 05:48:24 PM »

WOW, those beads are simply gorgeous. I haven't done much with clay either but would love to learn even a small portion of the techniques she must have used there. Great find!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

It's Me...Babs!!
My Flick'r Photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/fishstikks/
My Blog http://fishstikks.blogspot.com/
My etsy: http://www.Fishstikks.etsy.com
My Sketchbook Project Theme: I'm a Scavenger
SlickMariaVic
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2007 05:57:38 PM »

I know the are cool arent they! If you guys are using the pic for inspiration you should def. check out the gallery because she has a bunch of different variations!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

"That which is creative must create itself -" Keats

Pinterest
http://pinterest.com/slickmariavic/
FishStikks
Member of the Papercraft Gang
Offline Offline

Posts: 1148
Joined: 30-Dec-2006

"My Heart Rat Norman"


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2007 06:06:43 PM »

I did look at the gallery and and and, I'm simply blown away.

BTW, love your rattie avatar.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

It's Me...Babs!!
My Flick'r Photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/fishstikks/
My Blog http://fishstikks.blogspot.com/
My etsy: http://www.Fishstikks.etsy.com
My Sketchbook Project Theme: I'm a Scavenger
McJulie-O
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2007 07:54:22 PM »

When you find out, be sure and tell the rest of us! Those are awesome!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
something_wierd
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Evil will always triumph because good is dumb.
Offline Offline

Posts: 1248
Joined: 15-Jun-2005

I like pointy things.


View Profile
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2007 09:02:18 PM »

I would make a base bead out of scrap clay and bake it.  Then I would stick on the little bits of clay and texture it as you go, maybe using a little liquid polymer like TLS, Fimo gel, or Kato just to make sure that they don't fall off. 

You can definitely bake in stages,  Do a little bit, bake it, and do a little bit more.  After that, I would brush some brown paint into the crevices and wipe off excess.  After that is dry, I'd give it a little sanding, maybe with some steel wool, and then buff it with a muslin wheel or my jeans.

Hope that helps.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Polymer Clay Challenge #2 has a winner, RobbinZombie!  her entry was The Kraken  She will receive a prize from Persephone Rose!
Diane B.
Offline Offline

Posts: 5061
Joined: 01-May-2004

GlassAttic --polymer clay "encyclopedia"


View Profile WWW
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2007 12:00:20 PM »

These are kind of a combination of the "onlay" and "Balinese Filigree" techniques. 

Onlays (originally called "appliques" by some) are pieces of clay which are added to the surface of a bead or other clay surface, but not flattened into it... they're left dimensional. They can be placed just here and there, or right next to each other, etc., and could be little bits and pieces, cane slices, or whatever would leave a bas relief effect.
 
Balinese Filigree is an onlay technique in which mostly ropes (round, square, etc, and often extruded from a clay gun) are onlaid onto a clay base in spirals, rows, and other patterns --often covering the whole base and seldom leaving bare spots though they could be left. 
Sometimes the ropes, etc., are also impressed with various tools to add texture after onlaying, and/or they're highlighted or antiqued to add visual texture.

In this case, the shapes/ropes/etc. are a brownish clay, and they've been antiqued with a brown paint after baking... others at her site use more than one color clay for the onlays, but still a brownish color for the antiquing. (The color of the base clay isn't visible.)

Those are similar to Christi Friesen's techniques, so you might want to check out Christi's site too if you like those:
http://www.cforiginals.net/cfj/index.html

(Onlays can be added while the clay base is raw and they'll stick more easily then, but it's just good to let the base cool a bit before adding them just so the base won't easily distort. 
If the onlays are added after the base is baked, then some kind of "glue" will be necessary to hold them on --like liquid clay, Diluent, etc.)

Other colors could be used for antiquing though, e.g. white really will give an ancient out-of-the-earth look, or red is sometimes used for faux jade, or black or any color could be good, but brown is the most traditional.
Sometime onlays like this are also partly-covered or completely covered with a metallic powder or wax to simulate Medieval or other metal jewelry, etc., sometimes with other stones, etc.:
http://www.oken3d.com/html/indsculpt.html
http://creaplastic.free.fr/03_04.htm
http://www.janetfarris.com/images/2005_11pics/images/silveramber3.jpg
(these are from stampings
http://polyclay.com/onlaid.htm)

Klew often uses cane slices for her onlays:
http://klewexpressions.com/drum_beads.htm
http://klewexpressions.com/leaf_pod.htm

(Sanding and buffing after antiquing isn't necessary but would give the upper areas a sheen or gloss, but leave the antiqued areas matte with the paint.)

There's lots more info and examples re onlays and Balinese Filigree, if anyone's interested, on these pages:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/onlay.htm
(... click on Dimensional...)

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/claygun.htm
(... click on Balinese Filigree near the bottom of the list...)




Diane B.

« Last Edit: March 13, 2007 12:27:48 PM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
few of my photos
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
Celebrities Show Off Sexy Fashion at AmfAR Gala
Top Makeover Tips from Lawrence Zarian
Fashion Staples to Stock Up on for Work
Have You Ever Looked as Good as Olivia Palermo in a Storm?
Primark Lookbook 2014
Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Chalkboard Wine Glasses
Handmade Gift Ideas: Wooden Chain
Handmade Gift Ideas: Upcycled Car Trash Bag

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.