This one isn’t exactly a tutorial. Just a time lapse video. I decided film a few videos while I try to get the lighting set up just right. I’m also trying to learn to shoot using manual settings instead of leaving it on auto. And, on top of all of that, I’m trying to teach myself how to work in smaller, more restricted areas on my work surface in order to stay in frame when I’m doing videos. This is one of the videos I shot while doing this. It’s not the greatest quality video. The original video was too dark, and ooops… I started singing along with the radio (please remind me to never do that again!). I did brighten the video up a little while editing, but it still isn’t perfect. But if you’re interested in sculpting alien or monster faces out of polymer clay, hopefully this helps you a little. 🙂
Ok, so the web-site is up and running, now it’s time to get back to the fun stuff…er… work. Yeah, that’s right.. that’s what I meant. “Work”. 😉
While I was rewriting the descriptions for the tutorials so I could list them here, I realized that, for a lot of these designs, I hadn’t played around with them in a really long time. So I decided that I would start working from some of my own tutorials again and see what variations I can come up with. First up, my Odyssey – Woven Bezel for a Cabochon Tutorial.
For this one I kept it pretty much true to the tutorial, except for one thing. I didn’t want the spiral that is at the bottom of the bail for the original design to cover up the detail on the face. Instead of making the spiral, I twisted both front wires together and pressed them against the bail, securing it in the back.
For this next one, I combined my Woven Bezel Tutorial with my Cobra Head Bail Pendant Tutorial
Because there are two sets of wires at the top of the pendant to work with, the basic woven bezel design lends itself very well to layered bails. For this one I decided to take advantage of that and not only layer it, but make a Cobra Head Bail as well. Instead of bringing the weave all the way to the front like in the Cobra Head Bail tutorial, I secured them to the woven bezel in a subtle wavy pattern, ending with asymmetrical swirls. I also changed up the weave a little bit so that it was a little less dense. This way you can see the green from the edge of the cabochon through the weave. It also helps to accentuate the mixed metals look I was going for, since you can see the gold colored frame wire behind the silver colored weaving wire.
This wasn’t the first time I’ve combined the two tutorials. I made the one below several years ago. I just forgot about it until after I made the new one.
For this one, I kept the denser weave. I felt it created a better frame for such a dark stone. I also kept the swirls on the sides symmetrical.
And now for the obligatory shameless self promotion stuff…yeah, you didn’t think you’d get away from it that easy did you?
If you’re here, I’m guessing you already know where to get the tutorials. Just click the links above each set of photos for the tutorials I talk about here. Or click on the “Shop” button above the blog post (in the black header bar) to see more tutorials.
Interested in the polymer clay cabochons I used for the first 2 pendants? I’m considering posting some of them for sale in the shop here on this web-site, but I haven’t decided yet. Until I do decide, you can find whatever I have available for now in one of my etsy shops, WireAndBeadSupplies
If you would like to purchase either of the first two necklaces shown here, you can find them at Shut Up And Cuff Me
You can find the Green, Silver and Gold Necklace here.
And you can find the Silver and Blue Face Necklace here.