Spotlight: “The owners of my local bead shop took one look and offered to sell them for me!” ~Silverleaf
It is very exciting to see someone take what they have learned, put their own spin on it, and turn it into something that people want to buy… like today’s Spotlight guest did. Her name is Anna… aka Silverleaf.
Here is What Silverleaf Wrote…
I thought I’d show you my version of your ink on crackled leaf pendants. I loved the look of your pendants but I had problems with getting the translucent clay thin enough – my pendants ended up very milky and pale rather than bright. They looked nice, but not what I wanted, so I thought I’d substitute liquid clay instead.
I added leaf and ink to the black clay and crackled it, then cut out pendants and baked. Once they were cool I trimmed any rough edges with a craft knife and applied a thin layer of Fimo Deko gel with a paintbrush then rebaked. To add more depth to the pendants I used another layer of the gel, baked, then finished with Klear (Future Floor Polish).
I also made some little disc beads in the same way which I’m using to make bracelets and earrings.
I’m very happy with how they turned out – you can’t see in the picture but they really shine and look a bit like dichroic glass. The owners of my local bead shop took one look at them and offered to sell them for me in the shop! Another success thanks to Cindy!
~Silverleaf (Chesterfield in Derbyshire, England)
Anna I am so proud of you for giving the technique your own voice! Your beads turned out beautiful and it looks like the liquid clay really worked well. Continued success to you!
So everyone, let Anna know what you think of her work. And take this opportunity to ask her lots of questions. I’m sure she would be happy to answer them.
** If you have been inspired by my teachings and would like to be featured in an upcoming Spotlight Article, then please do write up something creative and email it to me along with a selection of your project pics. Make sure to send me high resolution photos that I’ll be able to zoom in on to show the details of your work. If you don’t already have my email address, simply leave a comment below and I will get it to you right away.