It's been so long since I've really dug into my clay, aside from making tiny eggs for my bird's nests. This week I had a dream about adding some clay elements to my wool pincushions (don't you get the best ideas from dreams??)...so I broke out the stash of clay in my studio and have been having lots of fun the past few days :)
I wanted to make some tiny little cottages, and I wanted them to have a nice rocky or sandstone-type texture. Time to make some tools! I looked around the house and found several odd things to help me:
- stencil brush
- finger cone (you can find them in office supply stores, they're used for helping to flip through stacks of paper)
- a wire nap brush for fluffing up yarn from when I made crocheted bears years ago
- a corn-cob holder I found in my kitchen catch-all drawer!
I cut squares of clay and textured the squares with my found objects. Then I carefully inserted a piece of brass rod into the back of each one so they would have a handle. Baked them up (this is polymer clay which doesn't require a kiln, just an oven) and they turned out great! This first one was made using the stencil brush, and I hadn't yet thought about adding a handle :) Click on the photos if you'd like a closer look.
Here are some cottages that I've sculpted and textured this morning, mostly with the tool made from the wire nap brush. They are waiting for windows and doors...but I have them in the refrigerator right now to firm up the clay a bit first so that I don't mess up the texture while adding those details.
That's all for now, if you have any questions, feel free to ask away!