At the Fandango in March, Ilysa and Kira of Polymer Clay Productions filmed a step by step demo as I created a portrait cameo, coloring on a baked clay cabochon with oil pencils. Polymer Clay Productions is an on line source for polymer clay information, tips, techniques, and expertise with resources including Polymer clay Podcast, Polymer Clay TV, Polymer Clay Classroom, The Polymer Clay Network and Craft Ed Online.
Originally, the video was over 20 minutes long at filming, but has been edited to fit a shorter format. The demo starts with a blank cabochon and goes through eight basic steps from applying the image to the finished face and hair. When coloring on clay, any drawing or stamp can be used.
In addition to the video, I have donated ten portrait stamps with instructions to be given away to viewers.
In addition to portraits, any type image would be lovely on a cabochon. The Victorians enjoyed tiny landscapes or sea scenes in addition to still life and tiny portraits.
This apple cabochon became the center piece of a pendant. By using curved strokes and following the rounded shapes the applied colors build the rounded apples and flatter leaves. When the artwork is satisfactory, dark elements are accented using the Pitt Artist Pen.
These two flowers will also find homes in a piece of jewelry or on the front of a bottle of hope, or a decorative element in a home decor item like a frame or box. All of the cabochons were colored using the same techniques as shown in the video. Working from dark to light, the colors are built up, one atop the other until the desired effect is achieved.
If you have time, come, join me in extending your creativity to including coloring on clay cabochons.