Cardboard hollow forms, pens and translucent Pardo…
I was very excited (as I am sure half the polymer clay community was!) this week when Polymer Clay Daily featured Artybecca’s Hollow paper forms. Rebecca kindly shared some templates on her blog and I couldn’t wait to try it out.
The first couple of beads I covered with scrap clay, my intention to cover them with cane slices. Whilst trying to decide what kind of cane to decorate them with I was playing with the thought of making some zentangle canes and started doodling. Then I had a sudden thought – the hollow forms are cardboard – perfect for doodling on and I had some Pardo translucent sitting in my vast polymer clay stash!
I printed off some of Rebecca’s templates – oh she really did make it so easy for us thank you so much! I then did a quick doodle and cut out and glued the shapes together. I then rolled out some very thin Pardo translucent clay and covered the shapes – encapsulating them in polymer clay 🙂
Here’s the result
I haven’t really played with the Pardo (that’s in my massive list of polymer must do’s!) much so I haven’t perfected the curing hence some discolouration although perhaps that’s due to glue I’m not quite sure. I will experiment and see if I can find out why it’s happening
I haven’t made paper shapes in ages and if I was going to use these for a project I would need to hone my construction skill as the Pardo skin is so thin and translucent that it doesn’t hide much. The sharp edges of the shapes pose a slight issue with the super thin clay sheets so I had to patch a few seams – where they are slightly more opaque. I will try will experiment with refining the construction process and if that doesn’t work I’ll sand them. I also need to remember to slow down (thank you Dan Cormier for teaching me that so well!) but it’s hard when you are inspired and curious!
Oh you might be wondering what happened to those first 2 hollow shapes I made? They are sat abandoned on the corner of my cluttered creative space, still waiting to be decorated when I have finished doodling with a pen instead of clay…