Feb 6, 2012

Faux Glass Et cetera

So many things are going on my polymer clay studio right now. It’s one of those times where I wish there were two or three of me. As you know I love to experiment and am always challenging myself. I’m analytical and a problem solver, and when a mystery pops up, I’m confronted with the compulsive need to find a solution. ‘Is it possible?’ I keep asking myself. This quirk maybe to a fault because lately, every alternate day when it’s my turn to cook for the family, the meals are quick to prepare Stir fry, casserole, pasta… meal planning is out the window as the mad scientist would rather spend all day dabbling with a little of this and a little of that. Thankfully my cooking still gets compliments and my daughter helps with dishes.
Ok…some new stuff…
Faux Glass…It’s still in the experimental stages, but this may be an upcoming tutorial. Wondering how much interest this would generate? Here are a few pieces. The very light blue set…one is glass the rest are faux. In case you are wondering, the one on the left is the real piece. I think I managed to get the colour realistic enough. Funny thing is when photographing light coloured or see-through items, my camera picks up the bluish tone rather than the white background. My white balance isn’t quite right and my older Sony only allows for Indoor, Outdoor or Auto, but the colour of the glass is this…
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To show the difference in translucency, I used a Ring to lean them against. The first piece is real glass, the rest are faux.
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I made a few of the tear drop beads in these colours
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I felt I should get a few more pieces of jewelry done or at least some components, so made this from the Evergreen sheet I had left.
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Then I got to work making a burnt orange crackle sheet. I made the Ring from above, some earrings and really like how the crackle reflects. Straight on there is no glimmer, but held at angles there is.
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Some of these close up photos were taken with an attachment that I got for my camera. I have an older Sony style camera that has Macro ability, but not nearly enough close up capability as I would like. I’ll blog about this in my next blog, it’s something that can fit virtually any camera and is super easy on your wallet. Stay tuned…
Until then, drop me a comment…

17 comments:

Vanessa said...

Wow Tina! I doubt I would have been able to tell the difference if you hadn't stated which one is real.

Barb said...

Tina, this is truly amazing! I can't believe you've come so close to the real thing. Tutorial? YES with a capital Y!!

sunny said...

I love the glass! And they look so real. Your talent is amazing. I would love to see a tutorial some day. A cool way to make my own "beach glass".

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh Tina. I would definitely sign up for this as a class or a tutorial. This is huge! It is sort of the holy grail of translucent claying. Yes, yes and yes. Deb Groom

Anonymous said...

The last set of photos made me think that using bottle caps would work great as a bezel. A little low brow but potentially fun. Deb Groom

Roberta said...

That would be a yes to the tutorial idea. I would love to know how to do that.

Lupe Meter said...

OMG, Tina! I would love to see this new tute that you came up with, amazing...can't tell the difference!

ליאת said...

You know you are a genius??? can't wait for the details/tutorial :)

Mel's Art Buffet said...

Amazing!! I NEED a faux glass tutorial!! Wonderfully talented!! : )

Cara Jane said...

Got to love experimenting! The glass looks cool

Jeanette, Mistress of Longears said...

YES YES YES- faux glass tutorial please!

Adria said...

You blow my mind. I've been working on faux glass for years (released a tutorial on sculpey even) and it was nothing, nothing like this. good freaking job ! :)

Paula said...

So beautiful, Tina. What a break-through! I hope a tutorial is indeed in the works - yes, please!!!

JuLee said...

I would be very interested in a faux glass tut. Your work is amazing.

Barb Alexander said...

Tina! So great to see you featured on Cynthia Tinapple's Studio Mojo today! Woo-hoo!! She says you're leading the pack with faux glass. Love it.

Lori Anderson said...

Absolutely amazing!

Susan Averello said...

Definitely need a tutorial on this. Which clays did you use for the different transparencies? I can't find a tutorial on beach glass anywhere I guess who ever has figure it out is hiding the secret. :-(

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