Faux Raku Beads That Look Like The Real Thing:
The technique used to create the smooth faux raku beads shown in yesterday’s post, got me to thinking how I could create a deep crackle raku effect with polymer clay. You probably have seen this effect on pottery created by the actual Raku process… pieces with deep shadowed crevices, drawing your eye in… and irregular protruding surfaces that seem to jump right out at you.
Well today, I’m very excited to give you a sneak peak of what I’ve been working on lately. The photo above shows a collection of deep crackle, faux raku beads that will soon be featured in some upcoming tutorial videos.
References And Definitions:
- The actual raku process (as opposed to my faux raku process) involves firing pottery clay (not polymer clay) in a kiln. When the clay is red hot and the glaze still molten, the piece is placed in a bed of combustible materials and covered. This creates intense reduction resulting in irregular surfaces and beautiful color variations.
- And here is a ink to photo of the smooth faux raku bead in January 15, 2009 post, in case you have not seen it yet.
The inspiration for my deep crackle faux raku technique, originally came from a piece of fish art that my parents gave to my husband (Doug) a few years back. It is a stunning raku salmon sculpture that sits in his office where we get a chance to admire it every day.
Actually, I got to know this fish quite intimately one year, following our last major move. The fragile sculpture did not make the trip in one piece, and ended up spending time in the hospital (my craft studio), getting all mended up. Long story short, the reconstructive surgery was a resounding success. You can’t even tell where the injuries occurred, and everyone has long since moved past the trauma of it all.
Anyways… back to polymer clay and bead making techniques. As I said earlier, today’s post is just a sneak peak of what’s to come. As much as I would love to share all the “how-to” details with you right now, I’m going to restrain myself and make you wait until the videos come out. I know you are going to really love this very unique, deep crackle faux raku, polymer clay technique. So stay tuned!