I managed to find some silver coloured metal leaf in Coimbra the other week , and have been dying to start using it ever since.
This week I had a nice play with it, by using it with my fimo in making some black and silver crackle fimo, and in making some black turquoise and silver mokame gane bits and bobs.
Mokame gane is traditionally a japanese method of making beautiful patterns in metals that were used in sword making . It involves thin laminates of different coloured metals being layered into a block, which is then cut into and hammered to make different pattens.
It also works well to make beautiful patterns using Polymer clay, and is great fun to do.
I used 3 colours of FIMO soft clay, turquoise,royal blue and black, with silver leaf between the blue and turqouise clay.
I rolled, cut and stacked the clay until i had a small stripy block.
I then stuck different objects, such as biro tops, cocktail stick, screw heads, and a crinkle cutting blade into the clay to make random patterns.
I pushed some objects further into the clay than others, as this makes a difference to the pattern .
Then came the really fun bit !
I cut across the top of the stack with a very thin blade, and basically shaved pieces off the fimo, to reveal lots of lovely patterns .
I used some shavings on top of black clay to make two long beads which I want to make into a lariat ( necklace), and the whole piece I had left I incorporated into a leather cuff, by attaching it to the metal snap fastening.
I had loads of shavings left, so I have wrapped them in baking paper to use at a later date.
It is the first time I have tried putting the polymer clay onto a leather cuff by attaching it to the top snap. I am not sure I like the way it sticks up, So I am going to try playing around with other ideas.