Olga Ledneva is a well known Russian polymer clay artist who is creating in a very elegant, yet organic style. Her pieces are based on a very pleasant color pallet and wavy shapes with all sorts of natural textures. Olga is teaching not only in Russia but abroad as well.
Because you cannot go to take her workshop these days, we are bringing you the tutorial of her very typical design brooch here on the Society. You will learn the technique of blending, creating hollow shapes, texturing, backfilling and many more. Enjoy!
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
machine, baking tile
liquid clay, epoxy glue
drill with different drills
wavy cutter, round cutter
sandpaper 240-800 grit
magnet for the brooch
Condition clay in three shades of pink, orange, turquoise and a little bit of black and white. Prepare sheets of every color.
Prepare triangles of pink shades and orange and run it through the machine on a medium setting in one direction until you achieve a skinner blend sheet.
Prepare a medium sheet from turquoise clay.
Cut out the shapes of each sheet using a wavy cutter.
Connect two parts of each sheet as per picture. Prepare the turquoise sheet on the thinner setting, pierce it gently with a needle and brush the liquid clay on it. Place the sheet with two parts on it.
Prepare another turquoise sheet onto the baking tile.
Put the cutter on the top of the stack of base and two parts sheet on the top.
Flip the stack over and form a convex shape by gently pushing on the inside in a circular motion.
Place the cutter to the bottom sheet on the tile, press and cut the excess clay off.
Before baking, it is necessary to pierce the surface with a thin needle to avoid deformation. Bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Let everything cool down and by using different drills make into the surface shallow holes of different diameters.
Backfill them and the line in the middle with different colors of clay and by using the blade make the surface clean. You can mix the clay with a softener first to fill the holes easier.
Prepare a textured sheet for covering the back.
By using the round cutter make a hole for the magnet.
Brush the sheet with the liquid and puncture with a needle.
Connect the baked part to the raw sheet, clean the edges. Drill the hole and bake again.
Sand the surface with the sandpapers.
If desired, make additional holes by a drill.
Fill them with clay and bake for another 15 minutes.
Stick the magnet into the hole by using epoxy glue.
The brooch is done.