I didn't get back to my beading project like I said I was going to do. I couldn't stay away from the clay last night and this morning. I didn't do anything earth shattering, but I had lots of fun. I played around with Sculpey Bake n Bond, some shell pieces, wire, two colors of clay and 2 colors of Pearl Ex pigment powders. I also messed around with some alcohol inks, but wasn't successful with it. I am making a brooch. I have the main part of the clay done, but I need to embellish it somehow so I'm not going to show you that yet. What I am going to show you today are the 13 leaf headpins I made. I took 3 parts of a green green color with 1 part chocolate and got a more subdued green. I shaped them into leaves, put a little dab of Bake n Bond on the end of a piece of wire and stuck it in the clay. Then I brushed a green Pearl Ex powder all over, but it was pretty bright. So I brought it down a few notches by going over it with copper powder. After baking I coated it in some kind of gloss I got on clearance. I'd tell you what it is, but it's all put away now and I just don't want to dig it out again. I almost had a heart attack when I tipped over my little jar of green powder and half of it came spilling out! Luckily I got most of it back in, and I used what was on the table to cover the leaves with. Only a little ended up being wasted, thankfully! That stuff is pricey! So here's my experiment for the weekend...Leaf Headpins on 22 gauge non-tarnish copper wire. The leaves are not all the same but they roughly measure 15x8mm on the big end to 10x5mm on the small side.
I need to find some, what's it called? Gum Arabic? to make paint with my powders. And I need to get a better paint brush. Anyone know where to get that stuff? I'm wondering if I can get it at JoAnn's or Michael's or if I have to go to a good art supply store. Or maybe I can find it somewhere online.
My exciting news (for me) is that this month I sold over $60 in patterns on The Bead Coop! Woohoo for me! Can't wait to get the deposit in my paypal account...more shopping is in my future! :)