It’s going to be split in to 4 parts run across the year with different themes through history. The first topic is Pre human. instantly I knew that I would be focusing my designs on fossils and rocks. I’m a bit of a secret rock nerd and have boxes full of stones, crystals and fossils I’ve gathered from places I’ve visited. I love anything to do with geology.
My all time favourite are ammolites.
I decided I wanted to try and recreate the beautiful effect of these opalised fossils in some beads. I have seen numerous tutorials around the web with instructions for creating polymer clay opal. I found out the materials used and set about trying to make my own version.
They are earthenware clay fired without glaze and set with mica in resin. I think they could have done with a couple of layers of mica rather than just one to fill out the pools a bit more, but I’m thrilled that they worked reasonably well and turned out so sparkly!
For my next make, I decided I wanted to make some fossils. I have quite a few shells and sea lilies that I have collected myself, but imagine finding something as amazing as this…
I find it incredible that so much detail can be captured in rock, and it fascinates me to imagine the things that have been on the earth millions of years before us.
So I wanted to make something that had an ancient feel about it. I made some rough stone shapes in raku clay and glazed them with copper and crackle glazes and resist.
My favourite is definitely this darker version, the background colour has been created by smoke from the fire with glaze used to draw out the design.
I also attempted a trilobite, although I don’t think it was quite as effective as the fish skeleton.
I’ve had great fun taking part in the first instalment of the Beading back in time hop, Thank you to Lindsay and Sherri for organising such a great event! If you’d like to see what they and the rest of the participants made, follow the links…