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PC06: Imitating Metal

w/ Marie Segal


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$24.95 + S&H

Table of Contents:

Covering and Texturing Vessel
Surface Embellishments
More Embellishments
Inlaid Gold Technique
Gold Leaf
Skinner Shade
Sanding and Buffing
Gold Foil Technique
Scrap Beads Project
Bonus Section

Approx. Running Time: 57 minutes

She's Been An Artist Since The Tender Age Of 10.
Now Marie Segal Shares With You Her Knowledge & Creativity As A Master Clay Artisan.

"I love polymer clay", says Marie Segal. "It's so easy to use, and I can work with it right from my own home." In "Imitating Metal", the latest addition The Master Artisans of Polymer Clay Video Series from Mindstorm Productions, Marie shows you how easy it is to simulate gold, copper, bronze, and many other metal effects using polymer clay and powdered pigments.

You'll learn how to transform common objects found around your home into beautiful decorator pieces. And because the instructions are on video, you'll find it easy to follow along every step of the way. Miss something? No problem. Just rewind the tape and watch it again!

The beauty of creating metal effects with clay is that the end result is so elegant it looks as if it took a lot of time and effort to create. But the process itself is quick and easy!

Before getting started, Marie gives you a detailed look at the tools and materials you'll need to complete all the projects on the video. These projects include: Vase project, leaf socket plate, and a scrap bead project where you'll turn your scrap pieces of clay into art.

For your first project, you'll cover a glass bubble vase with polymer clay. Then you'll add the pigment to give it that "metal" look. Once the pigment is applied, you'll move on to the next step: embellishing the vessel using a simple Bic ballpoint pen and a flat head Phillips screw. After giving careful instructions for baking the vessel, Marie says: "You'll want to lacquer this piece so the powder doesn't rub off when you use it."

From here you'll move on to learning about the Inlaid Gold Technique to create a beautiful light switch plate. "It's easy to do," says Marie, "but yet very elegant." Then you'll learn how to cover a socket plate using the Gold Leaf Technique, and the Skinner Shade Technique which Marie first introduced in "Advanced Millefiori Techniques Volume I".

And you'll learn just how important it is to have a pasta machine in your arsenal of tools. It's the pasta machine that gives the gold leaf the "crackled" look that makes this project so beautiful.

Next you'll learn the art of sanding, buffing, and polishing to add a finishing touch to this project. Using a variety of grit sandpapers, you'll create a fine, smooth surface. Not sure what to use to buff your pieces to a high gloss finish? According to Marie, the answer is as close as your dresser drawer.

Marie is a master at using common items such as aluminum foil and Hershey Kisses wrappers in her art pieces. And speaking of common, what could be more common to a clay artisan than scraps of clay? Well, Marie shows you exactly what to do with those scraps so they don't go to waste. So remember to save your scraps. You'll be glad you did when you reach the section on creating decorative beads.

You'll also learn all about Interference Pigments and how to marble two colors of clay together. And just when you think the video is over, Marie gives you an extra bonus section where you'll make salt and pepper shakers and a bookmark using the techniques you learned on this video. She also shows you how to turn a simple 35mm metal film container into a beautiful work of art.