Polymer Clay Floral Painting
Denise Graham creates unique three-dimensional "paintings" using her polymer clay.
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13. Slice extra petals and shape them. Set the loose petals onto folded paper and fire the petals for 15 minutes at 265 degrees F. These are fired separately for a shorter period of time since they will be baked a few more times later in process.
14. After the main piece is baked, apply a wash of burnt umber acrylic paint to the leaves and any area for depth. Let dry for a few moments and wipe off.
15. Repeat the layering. Cut more petals from the cane and apply them to the cured work and fire again.
16. Prepare a mokume cane stack for the center of the flower. Layer thin sheets of different clay colors together and press them with various textures using a needle tool or stylus.
17. Using a tiny amount of the liquid clay, insert the cured petals into the unbaked center. Apply the signature cane; cure again.
18. Fire the entire piece for 45 minutes at 265-degrees F.
19. Mix a small amount of acrylic wax with mica powders. With a paintbrush, wash over selected petal areas to show a flash of color on the work.
20. Add burnt umber paint to the center. Place the finished piece in a frame.
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