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.


Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

As always your work is stunning LJ! The faces are just fantastic! I wish I could draw like that!

The Lone Beader said...

I love the beads!! They are fab!!!

LJ said...

Thanks Cindy...Really just still experimental at this point. Learning what mediums work with what clay etc.
Hey LB. Glad to hear it. I love making beads!

herhimnbryn said...

Hallo LJ!
Thanks for the comment over at my place. It is lovely to hear from you again.
Stunning beads and the painted ones had me peering closely and marvelling at your skill.

sari said...

I love these Spirit Women! Lovely colours and moods <3

belvedere beads said...

everyone of them is amazing!