Friday, 9 December 2011

White Christmas

Glenda Waterworth is hosting a "white Christmas" challenge on her blog with a great prize up for grabs. For each entry to the challenge, she's adding £1 value to a gift voucher to spend on Chocolate Baroque stamps - check out the blog for full details here.

I was in the mood to play with some polymer clay so I've taken a completely left-field approach here and made something white to give as a Christmas gift - hope that's within the spirit of the challenge!

I had some fun trying out something new with this - making a mould from a stamp to get an "outy" rather than an "inny" on my finished piece. When you press a stamp into polymer clay you get depressions where you would have ink if you stamped on paper. With this technique, you press the stamp into some scrap clay and bake it and then use that to make the textured impression on your finished piece. I pressed mine into white clay, cut it out with a cookie cutter and then baked it over a dud lightbulb to get a dished shape on the finished piece. You need to add a little "platform" of clay inside so that there's a flat surface if you want to add a brooch back when you do this but you could also make a hole and use it as a pendant piece if you wanted.

I spritzed some Glimmer Mist on and let it pool in the crevices. I think the finished piece has a bit the look of something you'd see on ornate plasterwork ceilings!

Materials:
Nature's Paisley stamp set (Chocolate Baroque)
Sculpey Premo polymer clay
Glimmer mist (Antique Brass)
Clay tools (acrylic roller, cookie cutter)
Brooch back


There's nearly a week left to have a play if you fancy joining in with the White Christmas challenge - remember the more players there are, the bigger the prize pot for the random draw! Details here.

Thanks for stopping by!

18 comments:

Deborah said...

Very cool! It looks like an antique (in a good way).

Karen said...

Oh Joanne, this is exquisite work my lovely xxx

Kaz said...

What a fantastic idea! It looks stunning Joanne xx

Elaine said...

A really interesting project and nice to see something with a bit of a twist on the theme. A great technique. Elaine

tracy said...

what a fab brooch joanne and a great technique :)

Kath said...

A really interesting piece of work, Joanne. A truly unique present for someone...unless you are keeping it.

Anonymous said...

I like it! Very chic, very different!

Hel

Marja's Stamp Addiction said...

This is a lovely project and I adore this. Soooo beautiful Angelnorth. It is elegant, chic and unique.
Thanks for your commen t on my blog.
Have a nice weekend and lovely greet
Marja

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

A wonderful technique with a beautiful result. Thank you for sharing the "how to" details.
Sylvia x

Marlene (cards4u) said...

This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all of the details - always enjoy seeing how you are using your stamps : )Love how you venture outside of the box!

Shirley Deatcher said...

Hi, I love your creation, thanks for the explanation, something to try sometime ! What a beautiful gift for some lucky person ! thanks for stopping in at my blog, have a great day !

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

This is gorgeous, I love the idea and with the explanation that you've given, who knows I might just get around to giving it a go. Many thanks for your lovely comment you left.

Sue x

Net said...

That's lovely Joanne - really original.

Traceyr said...

Oh wow Joanne this is gorgeous you are a clever crafter. :)

Lottie said...

This is utterly awesome - amazing - brilliant - can you tell that I love it?

Janice said...

Oh I do like this and I love Glenda Waterworth's stamps. Your ingenuity never fails to amaze me!

Kathryn said...

Looks like stone ! Fabby xxx

Glenda said...

Beautiful project and a really interesting way to use stamps. I love the aged, vintage look that the glimmer mist has added.

Thanks for entering the White Christmas challenge.

Glenda