This piece is my entry for the recent colors challenge on Création Fimo. We were asked to make a collar neck piece (a plastron) using purple, green and fuchsia. Please find the collection of all the beautiful neck pieces on Parole de pâte.
I was inspired by a photo of a "pink peacock" that I found on Pinterest.
I then borrowed and idea from an intriguing video of pottery artists. The technique used to make the second vase (1 minute and 30 seconds into the video) is what I adapted to polymer to make my neck piece.
I layered my colors in thin sheets and then carved shapes into the raw clay. I wish I had taken photos while I was doing my challenge piece, but I was having too much fun, really in my zone. In any case, here are a few photos showing the same technique for a similar project I am working on at the moment.
I bent some staples and embedded them into clay snakes to have a variety of tools to carve my raw clay.
|Carving tools made with staples and polymer.|
|carved layers of raw clay|
|leaf, cut out after carving|
After carving some designs into the layers of clay, I use the pieces by smoothing and sculpting and trimming with a blade to make pleasing designs.