I really enjoy participating in Facebook groups because you just never know what’s going to come up. I love interacting with like-minded people and I love the inspiration. From time to time these groups host challenges and blog hops where participants create a piece of work based on a specific theme. I joined one called the Faux Challenge in a group called Polymer Clay Collective and today is the reveal date for the challenge. The rules are very simple. Make something out of polymer clay using a faux technique. Any faux technique. And then post the pictures on the reveal day. Okay, I’m in!
Because polymer clay is a very good imitative medium, there are so many possibilities for good faux techniques. There is faux stone, faux gemstones, faux ceramic, faux glass, faux metal, and so on. The challenge here seemed to be more one of picking a faux technique! But I wanted to make something with my faux Roman glass technique that I developed recently. Authentic Roman glass is glass from Roman times that’s been buried for millenia and made crusty and iridescent by the minerals in the earth. Roman glass is wonderful in rustic jewelry, which I have been more and more interested in lately.
I made a double wrap bracelet with faux Roman glass, faux Biwa stick pearls, and a shimmery polymer clay flower for the clasp. I made the faux Roman glass using the techniques in my Faux Glass Effects Tutorial. The flower for the clasp was made using a Patchy mold.
The faux Roman glass is really quite translucent. Almost transparent. And it works perfectly with this fairly rustic style bracelet. I made this bracelet with 20 gauge copper wire that I treated with a darkening patina. And see my little hammered hook for the clasp? That was my first one ever! I even have the smashed finger to show for it. (I am such a beginner at wire work!)
I wanted to show the light coming through the faux Roman glass so you could see how clear it is. So it took me a bit, but I rigged up something to allow light to come from below. I really need to spend some time on my photo setup to make it easier for cool photo effects. You’d laugh if you saw how ridiculous my setup is. But hey, it works.
If you’re on Facebook and work with polymer clay, come on over and join Polymer Clay Collective. It’s a closed group, so you have to join to see the posts. But it stays on topic and there are some great people there. It’s run by Jeannie K Dukic of Jewelry by Jeannie. Come on over!