Whenever I do the New Color Tuesday mixes, I end up with some really nice "bits" left on my table. The colors always go really well with each other because most of them contain bits of a single (mix) color. This is a photo of one of the "bit stacks" that I created. I even like the patterns that the Sculpey Nested Circle Cutters make on the index card when I cut out the clay. Anyway, after I mixed the May Fluorescent Pink mix colors, I ended up with a wild assortment of colors. I grabbed the Sculpey molds, made a quick mokume gane stack and went to work!
First I twisted all the color bits up like I was going to do a Natasha bead. Then I flattened this out into a pad of marbled clay. I used the Sculpey ball tools to push texture into BOTH sides of the marbled pad. Then I made thin slices across the top to reveal the mokume gane effect.
Next I rolled a small ball of a coordinating background color (Premo! Accents Purple Pearl). I layed the thin sheet of mokume gane in the Sculpey cabochon mold and then pressed the Purple Pearl on top of it to fill the mold. I carefully sliced away the excess and popped the new cabochon out of the mold. Now, these molds are silicon, so I could have just put the entire mold, with the clay in place, into the oven and baked it in the mold, but I had lots more mokume gane to play with!
Now that I had some great cabochons, I needed to make the bezels too. I chose the same Purple Pearl and created the bezel, carefully removing them from the mold. I placed the cab into the bezel and used the needle portion of a Etch and Pearl to impress dots and lines into the bezel. This also helped to push the bezel up against the cab. Again, I usually elect to bake the bezel in the mold so that it is a perfect fit, but I wanted to make several right NOW. NO more plain gold or silver bezels, now we can make Purple Pearl bezels with embossed patterns in them if we want! WOOHOO!