UNRESTRAINED MOSAIC • Ivana Brožová

Ivana Brožová is one of the best Czech polymer clay jewellery designers. She tirelessly experiments and pushes the material to its limits. She creates stunning pieces, usually with a distinctly organic feel. She has a great sense of colour, design and composition. She is the author of many interesting techniques and a truly popular teacher.


This tutorial will teach you to make a piece of jewellery with several different contrasts. The colourful pieces alternate with a solid colour and the effect is enhanced by the varying height of individual segments. The combination of rounded and sharp edges is visually very attractive. Choose your favourite colours and make a pendant or brooch following Ivana’s tutorial.


TOOLS AND MATERIALS

polymer clay machine roller blade, round cutter metal bowl sanding papers PolyPaste texture sponge brooch pin, string piece of paper, pencil








1.

On a piece of paper, draw a circle about 5,5 cm in diameter with a pencil. Draw a few lines inside the circle to divide it into sections, just like I did it.







2.

Choose three colours that you want to use to make the blended sheet. Condition all the colours well.







3.

Put the colours next to each other in two layers, as indicated in the picture. Start rolling the clay through your machine in this direction until you are happy with the blending.






4.

Fold in half (colour on colour) and roll through the machine in the opposite direction, that means from the light end to the dark one.







5.

Keep rolling through thinner and thinner settings on your machine to make the sheet as thin as possible. Fold it into an accordion.







6.

Using a roller and your hands, elongate and flatten the resulting block enough so that you can start rolling it through the machine again.








7.

Keep running the sheet through the machine until you are happy with the blending.








8.

Cut the sheet (about 2 mm thick) in half. Stack the halves and roll with a roller to make the sheets stick well.








9.

Cut out a circle of the same diameter as the one you drew on paper.







10.

Press the paper circle on clay, lines down. Rub the paper on clay lightly and wait for a while so that the lines can transfer on clay. Remove the paper template.








11.

Place the clay circle on a bowl to achieve a curved shape while baking. Make sure to press the edges to the bowl firmly.







12.

Cut up the circle into individual sections indicated by the lines.








13.

Prepare one more clay circle in the same way. Use a solid colour sheet of clay about 2 mm thick (that is, a little thinner than the blended circle).







14.

Cut up along the lines and bake for 30 minutes according to the manufacturer’s instructions.








15.

After the clay has cooled down, take the circles off of the bowl and break them up into individual pieces.








16.

Reassemble the circles on your work surface.








17.

Sand the edges of the blended pieces to round them. Do not sand the solid colour pieces, keep their edges sharp. The combination of round a