I rediscovered a jewelry technique today that I hadn't seen for a few years, Plique a Jour Enamel. It was developed in the Byzantine Empire in 6th century AD. Plique A Jour, French for "letting in daylight" or "glimpse of day" is a vitreous (glass) enameling technique where the enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing in the final product, so light can shine through the transparent or translucent enamel. It is in effect a miniature version of stained glass and is considered very challenging technically.

Many clay artists including but not limited to Eugena Topina (left photo), 
Judy Belcher and Deborah Anderson have done beautiful work replicating cloisonné in polymer clay. It is amazing to me how close the work being done is to the real thing (photo right is real cloisonné). The Plique a Jour technique however will take some ingenuity for sure...but I am always up to a challenge, especially when it involves translucents which I adore.

I hope this inspires you to think outside the box and try a new faux technique of your own. Polymer clay is one of the most versatile mediums around...so the sky's the limit!

Shirley  <><