Creating with texture plates is one of those “go-to” things for many of us who work with polymer, yet I’ve never tried to design one of my own. Since “Texture Plates” was the theme for this month’s Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy challenge I figured I would give it a whirl.
I used the tops of perfume and make up bottles as well as leather stamping tools to make the circle imprints. For the linear side, I used a bamboo mat for the background and cut out squares which I replaced with pattern squares that tied in with the large circles.
I love the design, but I hated the impression of it. It just lost the style when innies became outies. To get back to the original vision, I took a mold of the second version using Sculpey Mold Maker, which allowed me to create a duplicate of the original design.
Some of the other artists in the guild have written about the process behind their entries. Here are a few links to check out:
Some of my favorite childhood memories include walking over an open foot bridge and peering down at the swirling koi beneath my feet. Such grace! And the colors were breathtaking.
“Gone Fishing” Cat & Fish Egg Art Ornament
I imagine that the little gray kitty staring down at this koi is experiencing that same giddy sense of wonderment (along with a touch of hunger!) The piece is a handcrafted ornament that I made from polymer clay over a hollow chicken egg. I just listed it in my Etsy shop. Head over there if you want to make “Gone Fishing” yours.
UPDATE: “Gone Fishing” has been adopted, but you may find something else you like in my shop.