Saturday, February 14, 2009
Sculpting with Friendly Plastic Pellets
I'm learning that my experience in polymer clay is quite an advantage in working with friendly plastic pellets. I used a combination of griddle heat and hot water to mold the plastic into shape. After adding the colorant - whether that's alcohol inks, or pigment powders, I pinched off the amounts of plastic that I needed for each piece. I rolled them into balls and let them sit in the warm water until I was ready to shape them. The turtle was completely hand sculpted using the pellets.I accented the raised areas with Rub-N-Buff gold leaf.
This little turtle charm was inspired by Jana. She and her husband rescue desert tortoises. So this little charm is dedicated to her and inspired by her.
I love that this medium gives such instant gratification! When you are done...you just dunk in cold water to harden. Doesn't get much simpler than that!
Hope you enjoy!