I have been working through some practice projects for my new faux bone and ivory tutorial and honing some recipes which I hope are a little more interesting for you than the standard stuff.
Some unusual things have come from all these exercises, and my mind is now wandering toward other applications the recipes may have.
Thursday night, I worked straight through without stopping until around 10:00 Friday morning.
Saturday night, I went to bed not intending to work at all on Sunday, but woke up at 3:00 a.m. with an idea for these faux terra cotta curved beads which nagged at me until I made a few. I only sanded these with 400 grit sandpaper, but I sanded them for almost an hour. I buffed them after sanding but thought they looked too shiny, so I hit them again with the 400 to take the shine off, then rubbed them with my fingers. I let the natural oils in my fingers give them a bit of a patina.
These faux bone and faux ivory buttons and beads were sanded through 8 grits of wet-dry sandpaper before being buffed with a Dremel. I know, I know. I am obsessed with sanding, but I can't help it. If it isn't sanded and buffed, it feels unfinished.
I really had to hold myself back from sanding the terra cotta beads through all 8 grits, too. I love making these buttons, they are so much fun to do!
I'm waiting on a shipment of clay, and I hope to finish up the new tutorial in the next week. I've still got a few more ideas to play with before the tutorial debuts.
If you'd like to see more of the faux bone, check out my flickr photostream Faux Bone Photoset.