Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Layered Millefoiri Tin – fun to do PLUS it's for a good cause!
The next step was to roll out the clay on a relatively thin setting then begin adding the layers. First I added the waves and stripes which are "stacked" canes made with translucent and white clay. I love adding these to designs because when the translucent bakes, it virtually disappears! How cool is that!
Next I added the leaves which made using a technique I learned from Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg, one of my very favorite cane artists. She was one of four teachers on a polymer clay cruise in 2008 organized by Lisa Pavelka and I've been fascinated by her designs ever since!
The pink flowers were added next and the tiny white flowers finished the design. All of this was done while the clay was still in sheet form flat on my work surface. That made it a lot easier to roll the canes into the background clay to get it as smooth as possible before applying to the tin and baking.
Once the tin was baked, I sanded, and sanded, and sanded. Then I sanded some more! After the final sanding, I took the tin to my workshop and buffed it to a beautiful shine. Just for the record, I'm a fan of adding texture so that I don't have to sand so this is a definite departure for me. But the end results are beautiful. And smooth as a baby's – well, you know!
This tin won't be available in my Etsy shop because it will be auctioned for our team charity, but I will be glad to make one similar to it. I say similar because no two items are ever exact. That's one of the joys -- and challenges -- of polymer clay! You can custom order the background color, the color of the flowers, to suit you -- or order it as a gift. It's a great size to carry in your purse or pocket.