Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Contrary to popular belief, I'm still here!
There are new beads. At the top "Ragtime" a set of ten beads down with layered translucent canes. And below, "Opa!" A set of five, texturized, with applied cane work.
Wow. It's been an age since I posted! Above is the Spirit Woman series, which is ongoing. None of these are transfers. The faces are rendered in colored pencil, ink and/or paint, directly on a cured polymer form. The surface is then painstakingly covered with translucent clay, some of it with inclusions of metal leaf or metallic powders and with partly transparent cane work. Each one is cured in stages, wet-sanded and buffed. Depending on how much glittery stuff is included or how little I trust the ink to be durable, I coat with liquid polymer clay at various stages.
From top to bottom: Dreamer Spirit, Mountain Spirit, Gentle Spirit, Vigilant Spirit.