Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New Polymer

by Barbara Bechtel
Today I thought I would show you some of my most recent polymer clay beads. Admittedly, for most of the last year, I haven't been making much new polymer clay work and have mostly been working in copper. A recent injury has kept me sidelined for several months, and once I started feeling a bit better but still couldn't get into my metal studio, I felt that polymer itch.

This is actually the front and back sides of a double sided focal donut.

Not wanting to burn myself out again, I started in on creating some new color palettes. My polymer clay has always been an extension of my background as a painter and I prepare each piece almost as a mini canvas, spending the majority of the time preparing, building the base, and layering and creating depth through the surface treatments in layers of color and translucency through the careful selection of a color palette.
Transparency and opacity are very important in the colors I select and how much I remove or add to each surface.

At the current moment, I'm not getting to wild with the shapes and forms, but instead using the same or similar forms, really searching for and working beyond the obstacles of each palette. I almost like to think of them as tiny sketches or color studies.

If you'd like to see more of my recent explorations in color, I encourage to pop over to my Facebook page and check out more of the photos there!


stacilouise said...

I just LOVE your painted polymer! I can tell you were a painter before, its the same allure the medium has for me.

Your new stuff is gorgeous, and seeing it up close and in person was great- love my pieces! thanks again

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

I love the new pendants, too. Little works of art!

Vintage Crab Jewelry said...

Beautiful work! I love all of the layers!

TesoriTrovati said...

I love the way you work! I use clay as my canvas as well. Achieving that balance of color, opacity/translucency and texture is the most important thing to me. I just ordered some new materials for coloring that I think might change the way I do things. Exciting times! Thank you for sharing your art with the world! Enjoy the day. Erin

lunedreams said...

You have such a knack for a distressed-look kind of texturing-the donut at the top of the post looks like it was gradually marked up over years and years of floating around in the environment. It's not easy to make that look natural, and you do it so beautifully!

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