I've been working on an entry piece for the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy's November challenge, the theme of which is "Metallic Showdown". We are required to use metallic clay in the entries. Now, I know what you're thinking, Miss CopperDiva will certainly make a copper piece from my signature antique copper blend. Well, I thought so, too, but after playing around with black and gold for a smaller embossed piece, I smooshed the black and gold together, added some gold and black embossing powder, and got the most gorgeous, antique brass-colored clay. Having just received a shipment of these beautiful antique finish brass cutwork flower beads from www.artfulmarket.etsy.com, the old lightbulb went off in my head and I made this piece. This is one of the few times I have bought the beads first and then decided what to make to go with them, usually it is the other way around, make the pendant and then go looking for their bead matches. I still prefer to do that, less chance of disappointment that way, but this one turned out even better than I expected and I decided to use it as my challenge piece.
You can see all of the entries in our monthly challenge photo pool at flickr. Voting begins November 1, 2009 at www.pcagoe.com and ends at midnight, Eastern US time on November 7. The winners will be announced on the 8th at www.pcagoe.com. There are some really stunning entries so far and there will be more posted to the pool shortly, so stay tuned. PLUS, five lucky voters chosen at random will win a beautiful polymer clay prize handcrafted by one of our member artists!
Here are the other two small pieces I made before I smooshed the black and gold clay together, and I already have plans for more of these stripedy (yes, it is a word) embossed pieces in random colors...speaking of copper...hmmm. These look like Tiger Eye to me, so I named them Faux Tiger Eye 1 and 2.