Help please -faux

Help please -faux

Post by v.. » Wed, 14 May 1997 04:00:00



Hi All

I'm fairly new to this, and wonder if there's anything on the Web that tells you How to make faux
beads?  Otherwise, perhaps one of you kind souls wouldn't mind sharing some info, about how to
make opal and c***beads in particular.

I have looked in libraries and book stores, but resources here are very limited.  I would appreciate
any help, so much.

Also , what is meant by "blanks", e.g. the posts re letter opener blanks and how are they used?  
This may also to be interest to other newbies like myself.  Thanks again.

Thanks in advance,
Vera.

 
 
 

Help please -faux

Post by Sherry Bail » Sat, 17 May 1997 04:00:00


Blanks are undecorated items, I guess. For letter openers, I would take it to
mean the blades not the handles (which you'd make from clay.)

Faux recipes that were posted in the past might be found on DejaNews. Since I
learned what I know from a Tory Hughes workshop, I never feel like it's quite
fair to her to spread her instructions around. She developed the techniques
over a long period of time and makes her living teaching so it seems kind of
unethical to repeat to omuch of the details.

That said, ANY faux technique is largly a combination of color mixing (c***
can be made from red and a bit of golden yellow, but thre are lots of colors
of coral, so...) PLUS structural techniques (like making layers of color for
ivory or malachite) PLUS surface treatments (texturing, painting,
"antiquing"...). If you examine the Real Thing closely, in many cases, you can
work up your own techniques. (So with coral, you mix the color, create the
shape, texture it maybe with a stiff brush or with coarse sandpaper, and
antique it with some dark paint, burnt umber for example.)

I believe the book Nan Roche is working on (NOT YET OUT!!!) is going to have a
chapter on faux techniques. Tory Hughes had I believe three articles in back
issues of Ornament Magazine on some of the techniques. And she has a great
series of videos which some guilds rent or lend to members, and some
individuals who own them might let you watch (join a local guild!!) as well.
I know other people tech occasional faux workshops, and I think i saw another
video advertised once.

Sherry

 
 
 

Help please -faux

Post by Byroni » Wed, 21 May 1997 04:00:00


Donna Kato also had an article on fauz opal in the jewelry journal section
of Lapidary Journal.  BTW, LJ has a section each month called Jewelry
Journal--and often has articles on polymer clay jewelry

 
 
 

Help please -faux

Post by Dorothy Mcmill » Wed, 21 May 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>Hi All

>I'm fairly new to this, and wonder if there's anything on the Web that

tells you How to make faux
Quote:
>beads?  Otherwise, perhaps one of you kind souls wouldn't mind sharing

some info, about how to
Quote:
>make opal and c***beads in particular.

>I have looked in libraries and book stores, but resources here are very

limited.  I would appreciate
Quote:
>any help, so much.

>Also , what is meant by "blanks", e.g. the posts re letter opener blanks

and how are they used?  

Quote:
>This may also to be interest to other newbies like myself.  Thanks again.

>Thanks in advance,
>Vera.

Hi Vera;  The "blanks" are letter openers with (usually) unfinished
wooden handles.  These can then be covered with slice of canes, or sheets
of clay, etc. to decorate them.
     As for making faux beads, you should try to get hold of Tory Hughes
tapes. She has them for making coral, amber, bone, ivory, turquoise, etc.
 There isn't one on the opal however.  But many of us have given that one
a try with some fairly good results.
      My method isn't necessarily the best, but here it is:  I take some
translucent clay, shape it whatever way I want, then I coat the surface
with some holographic glitter from the craft store.  Over that I place a
VERY THIN layer of  translucent clay.  Use a #6 on the pasta machine.  
When it's baked you must wet sand with a 350, a 400, a 600 and higher, if
you wish, wet/dry sandpaper.  Then buff it on a buffing wheel, or coat
with Future Floor Finish.
     Hopefully someone else will have a better one for you.
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