Fresh Baked Designs

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Shards September 20, 2013

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A short while ago, I wrote about the Art Bead Scene’s September Challenge.

And my initial explorations with a faux ceramic tile look with polymer clay.

 The artful meanderings have continued the last few days.

At first I thought I wanted to make some small tiles in the art nouveau style.

But I kept thinking about old pottery shards for beads and could I do this with poly clay?


 In fact, when I was at my local bead store looking for brass go-withs,

two people asked if they were pottery shards !

Quick Steps:

Roll out white Sculpty III clay.  Stamp design all over.

Cut out small ovals and rounds.  Slice off random edges.

Poke holes with large needle.


Mix glazes of Sculpty liquid poly clay and alcohol inks.

 Paint and daub the top only.

Bake again.

 Seal top only with satin varnish.

pottery shards

The lush, romantic style of the art work, Autumn by Alphonse Mucha,

inspired this beaded necklace.

Here’s a look at this gorgeous painting again.


shards 1

shards 2

And some lovely earrings with the two left over beads.

shard earrings

Using this technique to make some holiday ornaments, as well.

Here’s two completed.

two ornaments

I’ll definitely be making many more of these pretty pottery shards.

Already thinking about some faux Delft blues.


Bonus for all you blogger friends out there!

I just completed posting for three challenges in one week!

 To celebrate, I’m having a little giveaway:

I’ll draw one name at random from all the commenters

on this post next Friday, September 27th.

Be sure to leave a contact email if your email isn’t linked to your name.

The winner will receive one of my poly clay ornaments

and my last faux ceramic pottery shard bead from this batch.

 It’s about 3/4 inches long.

How’s that?!

( Yup, I switched out the original ornament to this one…it just came out of the oven and I love, love the finish on this one !)

Rose Heart


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