Pottery look-a-like poly-clay

Pottery look-a-like poly-clay

Post by Hurlima » Tue, 02 Apr 1996 04:00:00



Hi all,

On the machine knit list, there was a mention of
buttons made from polymer clay that looked like
ancient pottery.  The person posting did not know
how it was done.  Does anyone on this group know
how to do it or can recommend books that might help?
I have taken classes from Tory Hughes to make
Faux Stones but she did not mention pottery.

TIA,


 
 
 

Pottery look-a-like poly-clay

Post by sylvi » Tue, 02 Apr 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>Hi all,

>On the machine knit list, there was a mention of
>buttons made from polymer clay that looked like
>ancient pottery.  The person posting did not know
>how it was done.  Does anyone on this group know
>how to do it or can recommend books that might help?
>I have taken classes from Tory Hughes to make
>Faux Stones but she did not mention pottery.

>TIA,



Hi Eva,

I don't know if you've seen any of the City Zen Cane work which resembles
mosaic tile, but it certainly has an ancient pottery look about it.  There
are several good examples in the book Creating with Polymer Clay by Steven
Ford and Leslie Dierks (one on page 14 in particular, but lots more in
there).  Also there is a bowl by Tory Hughes which looks like chinese
turquoise that also has a pottery look which would translate well to
buttons.

I was invited to dinner at a friend's house and as the centerpiece for the
table he had a wonderful vase which he brought back from Greece.  The
pattern in it was much like that seen in the City Zen Cane mosaic work.  
It was all I could do to participate in dinner conversation and not grab a
pencil and sketch some ideas.  

I think mosaic buttons could be wonderful on a handknit sweater.  Maybe
someone else has some other "pottery-look" ideas to share.

Sylvie

 
 
 

Pottery look-a-like poly-clay

Post by Sherry Bail » Wed, 03 Apr 1996 04:00:00


Well, polymer clay lends itself greatly to making faux ANYTHING (almost) so it
all depends on what you are actually talking about.

You could use the terra cotta and other blends antiques after baking with
acrylic paint to get the look of earthenware shards, for example.

You can mimic porcelain with glazes by using white or art transparent (or a
blend) and painting or doing canework, then glazing with Fimo glaze or
whatever kind you like.

So I guess the point is more specific suggestions come from more detailed
descriptions! What did these buttons look like?

Sherry

 
 
 

Pottery look-a-like poly-clay

Post by Winter » Thu, 04 Apr 1996 04:00:00


I thin you might be refering to something like Gwen Gibson's work.  She
recreates pottery shard effects with egyptian heiroglyph and other
primitive imagry.  The few pieces I've seen in person are dazzling and
fascinating.  But mor to the point, she published a how-to article in one
of the last Polyinformers.  She uses some kind of glaze and gives very
specific directions.  If it's not the last issure, then look in theone
before.

Gwen has work at the Annapolis show, I think.  

Elise