Monday, April 08, 2013
Embellished Stone Donut
I had the epoxy clay out the other night - for another project, and, as usual - had a bit left over - so I went looking for something to do with it. I had pulled this Matte Onyx Donut from the latest shipment as being substandard in quality - can't sell that! So I thought that a little reinforcing around the outside might help with the potential lack of structural integrity, and there I was, with clay in my hands, and the broken porcelain idea fresh in my brain.
I rolled the clay into a sausage - measured it against the stone, got it right the first time, amazing! - put the stone on a piece of plastic (a discarded baggy - because you can peel the highly adhesive epoxy clay off the plastic easily) - and started setting stones.
I just whacked them on randomly - using the Crystal Katana. The Crystal Katana actually has rather too large a tip for this size stone (these are from our chaton mixes and are really tiny). I had to "point up" the tip and touch very lightly - because the stones did not want to stay behind on the clay. That is not a fault of the tool, btw - I was, as usual, pushing the envelope of what it was intended to do. Which is something I do, all the time.
The clay I was using was actually brown - because that is all I could find at that moment - you really have no idea how incredibly messy my workspace is - but when I had run out of room to put on more crystals - I dumped some of our metalFX powder on it. I could lay my hands on a number of colours - I was going to use gold - but then I saw I had black - and I thought - that might be cool! So black it was!
And then left it to harden overnight.
I'm quite pleased with the overall effect. Next - I think I might put a plug of clay in the centre and bling that up. Maybe using the clay to attach it to a round disk? Or a filigree? Or maybe make a "river" of stones across the face of the donut, using the clay and rhinestones.
Not sure yet.