Today’s video is all about the best part of making creative things: experimentation and play.
Sometimes we get so caught up in following tutorials, or making things look like something else we’ve seen, that we don’t take the time to just be creative, explore new possibilities, and find our own voice.
When you do sit down to this kind of creative play it’s good to just have your focus on a few simple things. This is what I show you in today’s video. I’m just making simple textured beads, but I’m playing with relatively new texture sheets. The only other thing I’m focusing on are surface effects.
As you’ll see when you watch the video, the discoveries and revelations come from experimenting and having fun with the process.
For me, and I suspect for a lot of other artists, this is the best way to come up with techniques and processes that are uniquely my own, (or at least ones that I didn’t copy from someone else.)
By using just a quarter block, or 1/2 ounce of clay you be able to make 10 to 11 beads. Even though I made around 30 beads I found it still wasn’t enough to fully explore all the possibilities. So be sure to make plenty.
Don’t focus on making a finished product. But when you’re all done I’m sure you will be able to pull out enough pieces to make a bracelet or necklace. Don’t be surprised if they aren’t the ones you originally expected to use!
Tools and Materials:
- Polymer clay
- Pasta machine or acrylic roller
- Shape cutter, any size, just for cutting consistently size beads
- Texture sheets
- Armor all
- Doll needle
- Mica powders
- Pan pastels
- Gilders paste
- Golden’s acrylic paint, Interference Blue
- Golden’s acrylic paint, Iridescent Stainless Steel
- Golden’s acrylic paint, Interference Gold
- Burnt Umber acrylic paint
Enjoy the video and happy creating!
Watch the Textured Bead Tutorial and Surface Effect Experiments-Polymer Clay at video YouTube.