I had a lot of color swatches and scraps after I completed the pattern and color sample exercises from Polymer Clay Color Inspirations.
Pattern Samples Bracelet
I layered them onto a 1/8″ sheet of clay and rolled them through the pasta machine to see how they would look as I rolled them thinner and thinner. The well-leached clay crumbled in interesting patterns. The fresher clay spread in a manner similar to what you see in Maggie Maggio’s Watercolor Technique. I continued laminating clay (see the transparent layers), noted where the most interesting patterns were and cut out pods. After baking, I put the pods in polymer clay bezels, baked again, drilled and strung on buna cord with o rings and polymer tube beads. It’s difficult to see in the photographs, but I put a layer of Envirotex Lite on top of the colored part of the pods. The necklace has a matte finish and a bunch of tiny dings that, in this case at least, I think adds to its appearance.
I plan to play around with this technique and will post any interesting results.