Cats have nine lives
As I was making my own clay amulets from the polymer clay molds I made, I couldn't help but wonder if I was an amulet maker in a former life.
I was having entirely too much fun. And look at this pile of goodies! All Momma Yangsta originals. Here are some of the details on how I made them.
I used a variety of polymer clay colors for my amulets. All are mixes that I made myself. This is a light peach color with some brown and red added. I typically mix it together, roll it to a fat snake and twist the snake to get a striated lined pattern in the clay - then moosh it some more.
Most of the time, it was difficult to see the pattern without adding some form of highlighting. Sometimes I used acrylic paint that I wiped off the highlights. Then I discovered I had Pearl EX Powder Pigments in lots of metal colors.
That's when things got totally out of control.
Here's a black/brown polymer clay mix with silver highlights painted on after baking.
And a browner color clay with an antique gold pearl ex powder brushed on - again after baking but while it's still warm.
Eventually, I started going full glitz and adding a gloss sealer over it. I mean - why not?
I was really enjoying the variety of fnishes and looks I could achieve. So many options!
I think my favorite technique is when I started painting the mold with the Pearl Ex powders. First impressions would come out heavily gilded - almost like foil leaf, but subsequent impressions would be more unpredictable. I really like the way it fills crevices or highlight certain parts of the finished amulet.
One thing that you may get an occasional glimpse of is how I plan to hang or attach the amulets. I didn't want to make them into beads - since I thought that took away from their authenticity as amulets.
Before baking, I typically added a small channel or indentation to the edges of each amulet, just under the decorative face. It's not very deep - just deep enough to hold a wire. Then I put wire in the channel and make them into a pendant bail on the top or top and bottom like the red one in the upper left.
Now to make some jewelry!