Before we get into Egyptian month
we need to goof around with mixing
clay for faux gems.
Jade = a fist of translucent and a booger's worth of green. Makes for
good Keylime pie too, fyi.
from 1999, a
turquoise that you can carve into and it'll be still true, for it is
not a surface technique and it doesn't use paint.
Malachite = two tutes:
First Faux Malachite
the Egyptians used this for eyemake up as well as other things.
Egyptians had a trade agreement with Afganistan, which is where one
goes to find lapis. This isn't the best tutorial so we need to kick
some clay around to get a better lapis. Cobalt blue and gold and the
pearl ex gold just gets eaten by the pound into clay ...soooo work to
do on this.
Faye Posted Sue Heaser's Lapis
Mix to the MSATClayArt List.
I have the book, too. And here's how she says to do it:
Imitation Gold Leaf
1) Grate the ultramarine and translucent straight from the block
using the fine holes on the grater. You will only need a small
quantity of the translucent to provide a few calcite flecks. Press
a scrap of gold leaf on the block of ultramarine clay and grate to
make a sprinkle of gold.
2) Press togethere all the grated pieces and form into beads or
cobochons. Do not try to mix the clay too much or the colors will
become streaky. After baking, the clay will darken considerably
into a rich lapis blue. . .
(page 110, Polymer Clay Techniques Book, Sue Heaser)"
Hematite = Black with pearl works nice for this. Silver and black as
well, just depends on the look you want.
Abalone = Biz-Archive/Faux/abalone/Group
of the new abalone mixes, there's an old tute as well....
Carnelian: Mix posted by...
To make carnelian,
I take a warm red and form it into
rough chunks, or toobs, then roll it in black acrylic
paint and cure. Sand off what you don't want and
that's about it. You may want to add a pinch of black
clay to the red before shaping it.
Other mixes we need to noodle out are:
Feldspar, Obsidian, and Faience
All the colors you see on Ancient Egyptian items were not natural gem
stones. They were using colored glass, which was a complex and tricky
thing to do back 5,000 years ago. So any color of clay with a lot of
translucent will do the trick. They tried to do faux jade with glass
because real jade was a pill to get ahold of. They did faux turquoise
as well. Their Faience was an attempt to do faux turquoise, which
must have been a pain in the butt to get ahold of also.
So you Faux Stoners have a head start on this mixing business.
Egyptians were fond of inlay. They were also fond of using canes just
like we do, but they did them in glass, I sent a picture through the
MSATClayPicture of an Ibis less than a quarter inch in diamter, a
cane made from glass from the Roman times of Egypt.
The Greeks took over the throne for three hundred years, due to
Alexander the Great, and Cleopatra was the last of the Greek line on
the Egyptian throne. Then the Romans were hanging out and the faces
on the mummies were realistically sculpted and looked spooky real.
The Roman influence is also seen in the Faiyum paintings, where
realistic portraits were done of those who had passed on. Usually
painted when the folks were in their prime and put on the mummy no
matter how old the person was when they died.
Just a little historical aside on the Egyptian Front.
So anyone with any link to any faux stone ...post it to the list and
let's get a collection of them. For those faux stone mixes we can't
find tutorials for...those are the ones we need to experiment with.
For if our Ancient Egyptian replicas are to be good we got to have
faux gem stone to work with. That's the start.
After that start we do some inlay with extruded gold and silver clay
as separators between the different inlay faux gem stone mixes.
That's the plan.