I had not played with clay all winter, so at my first gathering I got ambitious and tried for Mokume Gane. I really did not like the look I got. I forgot to add Julie Picarello's secret ecru blend that really make colors more harmonious. So, I had half a block of stacked clay left. What is so great about polymer clay, however, is the fact that (repeat after me) "there is no such thing as wasted clay"!.
I took the block home and it sat on my table for about a month, till I had some time to work in my studio. I ended up cutting the stack into sections that I thought I could make a jelly roll out of. It wasn't wide enough however, so I ran it through my pasta machine at a thinner setting. This caused the lines to widen, but they were no longer straight. They had waved a bit.
I then took this wavy section, laid it on a thin layer of black clay and made a jelly roll. When I sliced into the roll, I found that each slice had different colors meandering though the spiral. Kinda neat. I wish I had taken pictures of the process, but since I was just playing I had no idea that it would turn out cool.
Here are the beads that I made from the jelly roll.
|I love how the colors blend and overlap in the spirals.|