|Lazy River Technique with Amethyst Chips|
Today’s focus is ‘Lazy River’. My Lazy River is definitely different than Julie's but I use the same techniques. My colors are purple, green, teal, translucent, glitter and silver. My theme is nature, leaves with shimmering dew, moonlight through forests and swirling hidden streams. A friend gave me some amethyst chips and I decided to use them as accents and work them into some of the layers of clay. Just an experiment!
I stacked my layers of clay keeping the darker greens for background. I took the green and imprinted textures reminding me of leaves. Then I cut the remaining clay stack into two pieces, put them back together and imprinted my design with a variety of tools. I cut slices from this stack. The two pieces came apart and I lay them on my green background touching and then spreading. It’s a fun way to get dimension.
The deeper I cut into the stack, the less likely that the two pieces separated. I used those for beads and buttons.
|Beads in upper right corner...very organic!|
It seems I was too busy to take pictures during this process but you can see how many pieces I made. After curing, I tumbled and sanded. The pieces have great sparkle and the tumbling made the beads smooth without looking smooth. I was concerned about the amethyst being too sharp but it isn't. I can’t wait to make a necklace with them!