One of the most amazing things about metal clay is its ability to take a texture. It’s a really easy and effective way of decorating your piece and goodness know there are loads of texture sheets out there in the market place. We even sell a few ourselves!
But if you’re anything like me, you like to your jewellery to be a little bit different than everyone else’s out there and that’s when using commercially available texture sheets have their drawbacks. They are widely available and most people have access to them.
This is where thinking outside the box comes in handy! There are many common, easily obtainable textures out there if you just care to look. I am sure when you start you’ll see interesting textures everywhere. Here’s just a small list of ideas to get you started!
- Old toothbrushes make a great stippling technique, as do nails, straws and cocktail sticks.
- Visit B&Q or your other local DIY superstore. They generally don’t mind you taking small samples of their texture wallpaper home with you and trust me there are some fabulous designs to be had!
- Look around your home for old textiles; for example lace makes a great and effective texture.
- Polymer clay is an easy and inexpensive way to make your own textures. Make a flat sheet and cure it. Once it is hard, using carving tools to carve your designs. If carving is a little bit scary for you, then you can use an applique method where you layer other details onto a flat cured polymer clay slab and then bake again. Another idea is to roll out uncured clay into a slab and then impress items into it.
Try pen lids, brushes, cocktail sticks and embossing tools as a few starter ideas.
- A friend of mine always takes a handy size of two part moulding putty with her everywhere she goes so if she sees an interesting texture she can take a mould of it, she even whipped the pots out when we were sitting down to eat in a restaurant and the patterns on the cutlery took her fancy! Take it down to your local beach and have a look at the rocks, I’ll bet you’ll find something interesting to take a mould of.
- Natural objects have great textures which you could apply straight to your clay – things like poppy seed heads, shells and leaves can all be used.
- Have you heard of Scratchfoam? Wanaree Tanner has a great blog on how to use this type of medium to create your very own unique textures.
Do you have any texturing ideas to share? Or have a look around and see what you can use for inspiration and share with us!