It is a fast and easy technique, with which you can create pendants and plates which present a design on both faces (recto and verso), and on which sides are nice enough and do not need to be hidden.
Materials needed: polymer clays (the colours you prefer), clay gun, blade, brayer, several different stamps, textures made with molding mats or home made (and which make very strong marks on the clay)
first step: prepare some slices of clay with the chosen colours and stack them as for a mosaic cane.
The same technique here
(I make irregular slices in order to have lots of colours after the carving)
take an extruder disc quite large if you want to make a pendant
second step: you put the log of clay inside the clay gun. Note that the last colour will be the ground colour. Extrude it.
You get a fair long log of clay which you will cut in regular chunks, following the dimension of the object you want to create, here a pendant with six chunks overlaid three by three
third step: cut the log of clay into six or eight chunks, adjusting the colours as you like
fourth step: overlay the chunks in two layers which you will slightly flatten with a brayer
At this stage, you can put a toothpick (or similar) between the two layers, in order to assemble the pendant and pass on the thread
fifth step: choose two textures, one for the recto the other for the verso
sorry, there is a fault on the picture, you read verso, not “verson” (-:
My favourite texture is the left bottom one!!
Gently carve out the embossments of the texture with a blade (you can use the scrap and put them on a single colour plate). It is better to wait for at least half an hour for the clay to harden before carving it out.
You make the same on the verso and you even out the sides of the pendant.
Eighth step : take off the toothpick and cut the sides. Bake it in the oven, sandpaper and polish the piece.
Variations are countless, you can make plates on a single layer, for example to make earrings.
You need to calcolate accurately when you make le log of clay in order toh ave a very similar result for both earrings.
The advantages of this method is first of all its quickness. Moreover, the sides are decorative and there’s no need to hide them with a stripe of clay (and this I’ve never been very good at...)
This method is cited also in glassattic here (squashed canes) and on polymerclay daily here
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