Clay is a very Fun material to work with. It used to imtimidate me. Then I made up my mind that I was going to conquer it. Not sure that I made that happen but I did rid myself of the fear. The first step in overcoming the fear was actually making something without burning it during the baking process. (Clay and shrink plastic were my enemies for a while.) I have not tackled the shrink plastic yet and the reasons are enough for another post. Now, back to the clay. One weekend I worked on nothing but clay. Learning how to condition it properly, how to cut and mold it. NOt showing you the pics from that weekend. But I will show you this one. Lets just say it was many, many projects later. This project was created for a manufacturer using their molding mats. I started this project by painting a blank wood frame from Micheal’s. Yo know the frames the run on special for a whole dollar. When they run those specials and I happen to be in the store I grab a few. They make a great base for many different mediums. Next I rolled out the clay in the pasta machine. Then I used the mats on the clay. I baked the clay in large pieces and cut the large pieces into smaller ones creating a patchwork effect when I placed them on the frame. Each piece of clay was coated with Smooch ink to enhance the textures. I worked really hard on this piece and I hated sending it away. One day I will make one for me now that I have conquered the clay!
Starting on 3-3 I will be participating in a blog hop. The hop is joined by a webring. With a webring all you do is click the link on the side bar that says hop forward or hop back. If you go to the host page there is a list of the actual blogs particiapting. I hope you enjoy this project and the hop. There will be another hop shortly.