I have been struggling with my muse for the past month. After turning out many, many image transfers, I think I hit a wall. One after another just didn't turn out the way I wanted them to, and I had to stop.
Usually when my muse goes South, I can look through my stash of Art Jewelry and Architectural Digest magazines and find something to fuel my creativity, but lately, not even that has worked.
So, last Thursday night, for my guild's weekly Clay and Play session, I decided to go back to the basics and do some things I haven't done on a large scale in awhile, like faux finishes. I pulled out a couple of books and decided to try faux jade and faux bone and faux turquoise. I didn't quite make it to the faux turquoise because I got so absorbed in the faux jade.
I did some research and discovered there are six colors of natural jade: Black, red, green, yellow, white and lavender. I wanted to try a batch of each, but only got as far as green, yellow, red and lavender this go-round, but I intend to do some more. I haven't had that much fun claying in ages.
I am really pleased with the results of the green and yellow. The red, which my research source says can range from reddish brown to orange, looks a little too orange to me, but hey, how about faux carnelian? The lavender turned out too gray, but not black enough to be black, so I need to experiment some more with those colors.
Then I decided to do a quick batch of faux bone. I deliberately left the beads in the cooker for longer than I was supposed to (don't try this at home unless you bake outside) because I wanted a darker striation. My neighbor saw these and thought they looked more like wood. I'll try to cook them like I'm supposed to cook them next time, but I love these, too.
All in all, a very good weekend. Now if that truckload of translucent clay I ordered would just get here, I could do some more.
Dark Green "Jadeite" Faux Jade - Architectural Detail and Gingko Leaves
Medium Green "Burmese" Faux Jade Raised Koi Fish - Pendant
Medium Green "Burmese" Faux Jade - Chrysanthemums and Lotus Blossoms Pendant
Medium Green "Burmese" Faux Jade Pendant/Brooch - Koi Fish
Light Olive Green East-West Faux Jade Focal Bead - Koi Fish
Reddish Orange Faux Red Jade Asian Waves Pendant
Yellow Faux Jade Floral Carved Cylinder Bead
Lavender Faux Jade - Asian Letters Pendant
Faux Bone Pendants