Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tiny Marigolds by Allyson

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Allyson H. and I became clay friends several years ago when Joe and I used to go south "snow birding" to Mission Texas for the cold winter months.  The closest guild was in Corpus Christi, a three hour drive. Since Allyson lived just 15 minutes from our campground and was a clayer, she and I would take turns driving to the meetings and to classes I taught in Corpus Christi. As a happy result, we became friends as we shared our enthusiasm for our families and for polymer clay.

Allyson is incredibly talented and, when she learns a new technique, she creates a necklace, earrings and barrette for her lovely thick, long hair.

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A few weeks ago she contacted me for a tutorial of a technique I demo at retreats, using some of my tools.  A short time later she sent me a single page of images, she'd created these darling marigolds and shared with me how she'd accomplished it.

Wow! I love these tiny flowers! and, with her permission, I'm sharing her technique with you all. Here we go!

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Allyson's tiny Marigolds

Step 1. I made a Skinner blend with white and Yellow and a little orange. Then I made a Jellyroll.

Step 2.  Then I cut slices off of the jellyroll and laid them out in rows.

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Step 3. I cut centers out of one of the slices an made the other two slices smaller by increments.

Step 4. Then I put a dent in the sides of each section all around.

Step 5. I also "ruffled" the edges.

Step 6. I dented and ruffled all of the slices.

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Step 7. Here are all the dented and ruffled slices.

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Step 8. Next I stacked the second slice on to of the first slice.

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Step 9. Then I pushed the center into the hole in the first slice.

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Step 10.  I repeated the process for the third slice.

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Step 11. I added a little roll of white clay to the center and baked.

(I wish I'd gotten one of these inchies with tiny marigolds. Aren't they are just darling?)

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Step 12.  All done~!!

(Shown with a penny for scale.)

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Step 13. I made a base for this barrette from clay. Then I put the flowers and leaves in the base and filled it with resin.

(Note that some of the marigolds are more orange than yellow. I made a number of differently colored marigolds.)
Zumba Belt

I purchased this Zumba belt and used the parts to make a bracelet, earrings and a necklace. 

Left, the Bracelet. Baked, tiny marigolds in dished metal disks then the disks were filled with resin.

Below: The necklace and earrings. I placed the flowers in the base and filled them with resin. 
Finished necklace & Earrings

I hope you all enjoy trying Allyson's tiny marigolds.

Thanks for stopping by.
Penni Jo Couch
Designer / Sculptor