I’m on creative cloud nine right now. I am having so much fun marrying metal and polymer clay. It feels amazing to be back in the creative groove again. I missed this so much, and during the long dry time I was sure I would never recapture the mojo. It’s such a tenuous thing some times, the creative drive. Small things can become roadblocks and life can also throw a lot of big obstacles in an artist’s way. I am profoundly grateful at the moment that the universe is smiling on me ,and I am having a blast.
So, first I had a button making frenzy.
This quantity of “buttons” will surely be overkill, but when I compose my pendants I like to have choices of color and pattern to play with. So I made a number of veneers and cut them up into lots of tiny squares and circles. And I’ll probably make more in some additional patterns, because I was wishing I had some additional options when I was playing around with the compositions yesterday.
The next step in making these pendants is figuring out the combinations of buttons that I like. Then once I have placed them on a base sheet of polymer and baked everything, I add the decorative rivets. The copper rivets are easy because they already have a nice neat mushroom head. The silver rivets were much trickier. I tried balling the wire, but it’s hard to get even and centered ball heads on silver wire. So I hammered each side into a nice rivet shape. Lots of tiny hammer taps, but I am happy with the way the pendants turned out.
Fun, aren’t they? Building the bezel boxes is a pretty slow process of sawing, texturing, annealing, bending, annealing, hammering, annealing, refining, soldering and antiquing the metal. It’s slow going, but as I get more accustomed to the process, it’s getting a bit easier. Most of all it’s fun and I am really happy with the finished look and feel.
I may get tired of this type of pendant, but I have two donation pieces to make and I’d like to have a few things to bring to Klay Karma, the Massachusetts and New Hampshire retreat in a couple of weeks. I also want to try a combination of polymer and resin in the pendants.