So I started today with good intentions, really I did! I meant to start some serious cleaning because my house is starting to look like an episode of the "Hoarders: Buried Alive!" Unlike a true hoarder I can throw things away when I need to....at least that's what I thought until today! There it was - an innocent piece of aluminum foil, a clean piece that was left from wrapping...something. It was clean what was I supposed to do? Then I noticed it was sitting next to some clay that I had just conditioned...hmmnnn. Well it turns out that it didn't work too well as a texture plate so I was forced (yes, forced) to go to Michaels and get molding material. I thought I had some but after an hour's search I decided to cut my losses. I needed to get jump rings anyway. So I came home with the molding material and this is what I did.
Here is the brand I got at Michaels. I have used this for most of my molding and find it works very well. It can be used for food also, so if I ever get a wild hair to make fancy toffee or truffles I'm set!
Since it is hotter than blue blazes outside I am in the cool a.c. and the molding material didn't want to set as quick, so I threw (literally! too hot to walk out again) it out on the hot deck while I conditioned some more clay. After a couple minutes this is what I got. A pretty good texture sheet1
Here is what the clay looked like after pressing the mold into it. Some areas are more deeply textured than others.
I colored it with pastels and Inka Gold (Silver). I am horrid at making a decent Skinner Blend, so I thought I would fake it with the chalks! Then I hit the high spots with the Inka gold in silver.
And here is my finished piece, well almost-I have to 'silver' the back and sides, but I figured I better do something constructive (besides write this post). So I am off to see if I can get something (anything) cleaned yet today!