Video #115: Taking the Smooth Faux Raku Technique to a Whole New Level!
They say that “Imitation is the Mother of Invention.” And that is exactly what happened with my deep crackle, faux raku polymer clay technique. You see a while ago, my husband received a beautifully crackled fish sculpture as a gift. It was made by a ceramic pottery artist who used traditional, high temperature raku methods to fire and crackle the surfaces of the piece.
Ever since Doug received that gift, I’ve figured there must be a way to imitate those dimensional raku crackles, using polymer clay. Well there is a way! And on Fri July 17 over at the Polymer Clay Video Library, you will get to see how it’s done.
The neat thing about invention, is how it is usually spawned from a collection of ideas, combined in a new way through the process of trial an error.
For example, my deep crackle faux raku technique begins with a process that other polymer clay artists are already using. This “Step 1” process is presented here: Smooth Faux Raku Tutorial
Then to get from the smooth surface to the deep crackles, I use an approach that’s kind of similar to what I’ve already demonstrated in my crackled gold leaf video.
And just like what happens with authentic ceramic pottery raku, my faux deep crackle technique produces texture patterns that are unique every time. The color blends will vary and the cracks will differ to the point where you can honestly label each piece as a one-of-a-kind original.
To view an introductory clip of the second and last part of this polymer clay faux raku mini series, click here: Sneak Peak Video (or scroll down the page to the video player posted below).
Information about how to get signed up at the members library, is posted further down on the page (under the video player). I hope you can join me and the many other students who have already enrolled. You won’t be disappointed.
Here’s That “Link Below” Referred To at End of the Video
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The full version of the “Faux Raku” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at my Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-014 Back Issue Package.
For a bullet list of topics covered in both the Part 1 and Part 2 segments of this mini-series, click here: Faux Raku