Friday, August 21, 2015

Making Sun Catchers



Don’t you just love seeing colors change when sunlight makes the color sparkle?  When I decided to play with translucent polymer clay and use alcohol inks to make color, I had no idea where that would lead me.  I just started conditioning the translucent Pardo polymer and passed it through the pasta machine.  My alcohol inks were lined up ready to be brushed on the flat surfaces.  They dried and I started blending the colors.  Then I made shapes, all kind of shapes, stacked colors, made designs and cured them in the convection oven. I sanded and polished and arranged them in groups – still not knowing how I would use them. 
   
Before curing
After curing

Holding the pieces to the light fascinated me by the color changes.  The more I looked at them in the light the more convinced I was that they needed to be hung by themselves and not worn as beads.  Sun Catchers!  Perfect use of shape and color and light.  I drilled holes and used glass beads and jump rings.  Bought small suction cups and started hanging them at my window.  What fun. 


       


I gave one to a friend who used it on her patio door to stop people from bumping into it.  I gave another one to my friend, Jay, who stuck it on her truck window.  I have three of them in my display case and some will be on my etsy site. 

Thanks for the picture Jay!
 I had such a good time making these!  Some are on my etsy site.  www.etsy/shop/lindabrittdesign

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Making Sun Catchers



Don’t you just love seeing colors change when sunlight makes the color sparkle?  When I decided to play with translucent polymer clay and use alcohol inks to make color, I had no idea where that would lead me.  I just started conditioning the translucent Pardo polymer and passed it through the pasta machine.  My alcohol inks were lined up ready to be brushed on the flat surfaces.  They dried and I started blending the colors.  Then I made shapes, all kind of shapes, stacked colors, made designs and cured them in the convection oven. I sanded and polished and arranged them in groups – still not knowing how I would use them. 
   
Before curing
After curing

Holding the pieces to the light fascinated me by the color changes.  The more I looked at them in the light the more convinced I was that they needed to be hung by themselves and not worn as beads.  Sun Catchers!  Perfect use of shape and color and light.  I drilled holes and used glass beads and jump rings.  Bought small suction cups and started hanging them at my window.  What fun. 


       


I gave one to a friend who used it on her patio door to stop people from bumping into it.  I gave another one to my friend, Jay, who stuck it on her truck window.  I have three of them in my display case and some will be on my etsy site. 

Thanks for the picture Jay!
 I had such a good time making these!  Some are on my etsy site.  www.etsy/shop/lindabrittdesign

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