Early Bird Catches A Beautiful Sunrise

Early Morning Riser

Yesterday, I started my day with a beautiful sunrise.  I’m usually not an early riser, but lately I’ve realized the importance of solitude.  Time to myself for myself.

Blue Mokume Gane_1

Pictured above is the result of an early morning Mokume Gane technique co-mingled with alcohol ink and foil.   I’ve started experimenting with jewelry bezels and resin with polymer clay.

Blue Mokume Gane #3_1

The piece grouped with the bezels is a practice piece. I dropped blue alcohol ink on variegated foil placed between two sheets of white translucent clay.  After the piece was processed, I added sliced elements from a Mokume Gane block and processed again.

Nowadays, it’s all about practice and experimentation.

Over Under Over Under

Before I begin my blog post about my latest happenings with polymer clay, I am so excited to share some fantastic news.  Today, I made reservations to attend Vogue Knitting Destination getaway in September at The Falls Inn and Spa in Ontario, Canada. “Vogue Knitters will get an inside look at the famous Koigu dye house to explore and experience all things Koigu.”  Moving on…

Falls Inn and Spa

In a February 1995 issue of Bead & Button, Lindly Haunani demonstrated her version of Mokume Gane.  In my polymer clay past life, this article was one of the first examples of combining layers of silver leaf with translucent clay along with very small amounts of colored clay mixed in to enable the cracking of the silver leaf to show through.  Thin slices were used to make collages on a base of transparent clay.

polymer clay buttons

Here are a few of my vintage polymer clay buttons using Lindly Haunani’s technique.

The realm of possibilities has grown by leaps and bounds in the world of polymer clay, alcohol inks are being used in conjunction with metal leaf and translucent clay. The discussion below briefly describes my experience with leaf and ink dye.

Metal Leaf and Alcholic Dyes

After the alcohol ink dried, the variegated copper leaf was sandwiched between layers of translucent clay and incorporated into sheets of colored polymer clay.  Tools were used to imprint the stack.

Metal Leaf and Alcohol Dyes 2_1

Slices of structural elements were applied to a piece of polymer clay before curing.

Foil and Alcohol Inks_1

On a textured backing piece of polymer clay, elements were woven and processed.

Foil and Alcohol Inks 2_1

Slicing elements from the Mokume Gane block reveals an interesting  pattern. Building with additional structural elements constructs a unique piece of architecture illuminating the subtle effect created by the use of metallic leaf and ink dye.