Sunday, April 4, 2010

Alamo Inspirations

As a result of our trip to San Antoinio I was so inspired by all the art in the city and especially in the old buildings.  So much detail in carved stone. So this image of the Alamo at night with all the intricacy shaded was haunting me for days.  ( I guess I did see a ghost LOL) The result: it inspired me to make some beads out of polymer clay that mimic that look.  

Of course I was out of white clay and having no patience to shop and then wait another day to work I plunged in with black clay. The images are from a stamp I love and then after baking the pieces I antiqued them with acrylic paint using a custom blue gray color mix

As usual as I work with the clay ideas for jewelry shapes pop into my mind and I especially like this one.

 Just tiny amounts of the gray paint rubbed on with the pad of my finger brought out all the rugged details and irregular edges.  The look of old stone!!!   

My second favorites, the chunky bracelet and pie shaped earrings.

People have different tastes so here is the look in small, medium and large earrings.

 I am thrilled with the results.  They are thick and chunky like pieces of carved stone but very light weight.  Next batch will be in off white and I think I will try alcohol inks for the shadows. 

My jewelry and extra beads will be for sale in my Etsy shop very soon.  
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