Color Pallette Swap

One of the ArtCharms group swap hosts decided to do color palette swaps this year instead of just specific colors. Those that sign up for the swap can use a minimum of 2 colors on the palette along the side of this palette…pretty photograph:  http://design-seeds.com/index.php/home/entry/chilled-tones2

Polymer clay chilled palette charm

Polymer clay chilled palette charm

First I made a lentil bead from scrap clay using a 5/8″ bicone bead roller (http://www.polymerclayexpress.com/products/tools/jewelry-tools/bead-making-tools/polytools-bicone-bead-shaper) and baked the beads on a bead rack. Then I mixed the colors I wanted to use, which was all 5 of them. Luckily, I had some scrap clay that was already mixed close to the palette, I just added whatever it needed, if anything. The design is a mokume gane cane. It’s been awhile since I worked with polyclay and mokume gane, so I had to revisit the procedure. Once the  cane was done, I sliced off thin pieces and added them to the lentil beads. I used the darkest value and pushed it through a Makins polymer clay extruder using smallest strand disk, braided strands together and wrapped it around the lentil bead. The beads are coated with Kato’s clear liquid polyclay. Once they were baked, they were polished with a demel and muslin wheel and wrapped with silver wire. Made about 20 of these…they’d be a nice mix with the Winter Night Sky charms.

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