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Saturdays With Sharleen - From Inspiration to Creation

I like the twisted shape of this tree trunk

For my Saturday post this week, I thought I would do another post showing how I took something from nature, that I found inspiring, and created a ceramic pendant with a unique design. I carved the design into linoleum, which is my newest thing.
The clay is rolled out into a sheet, which I make thicker than normal because when I roll it over the lino again, it is going to get thinner. Clay that is somewhat dry works best. If the clay is too wet and a little sticky, I spray the lino with cooking spray first (and if you have never used this in the kitchen, it is WONDERFUL!)

After rolling the clay over the carving, I put plastic wrap over the design and cut with cookie cutter. Sometimes I do a free hand cut out around the design instead. Free hand cut outs are more work because the edges require a lot of smoothing.

I call this design Wind Swept Tree and both of these examples are raku fired.






11 comments:

  1. I've never made clay beads before but carving your own designs in linoelum is a great idea!!! Your pendant is lovely!!!

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  2. wonderful....thanks for sharing...you are truly very creative.

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  3. More great tips! Never occurred to me to cover and cut...what type of linoleum do you use? Any special features you look for?

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  4. Beautiful...thanks for sharing! Great inspiration!

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  5. Thanks for this wonderful inspirational post! Beautiful design.. love the bead!

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  6. Wow, I think those are beautiful! I just found your blog lately. I have been getting an interest in clay lately and am dying to try it out!

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  7. Wow, that pendant is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Melinda, the linoleum can be purchased at fine art stores. I got the first blocks at Dick Blick's, but then tried Hobby Lobby because I can stop there on the way to work. Hobby Lobby has 8 x 10 sheets that are not glued to blocks. They're $5.99 and can be carved on both sides! The carving sets cost about $16.

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