This Monday's Internet assignment Lesson 17 was for my Altered Book class with Bleubeard and Elizabeth over at Altered Book Lover. She added a bit more on a later post. I've appreciated how much effort she has put into all of this.
I have made beads from the polymer clay and rather liked that but for my Leaves altered book I wanted to do- leaves. I found some cool leaf shapes in the cake section at Michael's. They were fondant leaves. My favourite leaf shape!
Now beads are a whole lot easier. Roll, poke and position on the edge of a pan. I did think rolling the bead on a stamp for added texture was a great idea. Adding Pearl-Ex or other mica powders was another good idea. The stamps work but trimming and knowing where to trim is tricky!
Then cutting the leaves from the polymer clay needs a different skill. They don't exactly shake out and pushing makes a mark. I decided no big deal, the other side works and I even added a nice mark for a vein.
But I also got some letters and numbers and they need to be right side up! :~
I did try a mold, at least the closest I had to a mold. That is easier I think.
Baking them in a closed tin is brilliant because the fumes are all inside. Of course, taking the lid off too soon is, cough, cough, hazardous! ;^)
But good thing I did as they were kinda soft so I got the Rooster's handy dandy oven thermometer and there is a good reason why there is a new element waiting to be installed. hmmm? So I diddled around some and then it got too hot and so I just turned things off to await the outcome. ???
Brushing the stamp with a dusting of Pearl Ex powder gave a nice effect. I can shine them up with some Mod Poge also.
I think I will use some on the cover for sure. I'm not sure exactly where I'll add the rest. The book has loose pages and some pages I want to rework. I'll have them for options when I do the final organizing of everything.
I also think that I'll be revisiting this on Wednesday for Creativity 101.