Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Snuggly Cat - Beaded Bezel Clay Cat Pendant

I am not a clay artist but it sure doesn't stop me giving it a go and having a good time to boot! This Snuggly Cat - Beaded Bezel Clay Cat Pendant started off with a lovely round cabochon sent to me from America.  (Thank you Beverly Reynolds!)

SNUGGLY CAT - Beaded Bezel Clay Cat Pendant
SNUGGLY CAT - Beaded Bezel Clay Cat Pendant (CH0295)


So to pay Beverly back, I lumbered her with my attempts at clay work!

I started off with what I thought was a cute idea - a putty cat, lounging off a shinny green moon.  However as you can see, the clay kitten refused to play nice.

a cabochon and a cat idea
a cabochon and a cat idea
Mr Snuggly Kitty was happy to hug the cabochon, but he just would not lounge!  I guess he was a bit tense as he knew this was like my baby-steps, rough and tumbly, in trying to make a lump of clay into something recognizable.

Using air dry clay (white), Mr Snuggly Cat formed itself into a hug around the cabochon.  

When he was dry (about a day), I gave him some colour with Metallic Wax: both for the goldish colouring as well as for protection.

Metallic Wax the clay cat
Metallic Wax the clay cat

Then I applied minute iridescent flakes, mixed with clearl acrylic paint to give him even more protection and a glow!

Iridescent Flakes and Protect Cat
Iridescent Flakes and Protect Cat

The double backing was done first with a layer of stiff stuff  (like Lacy's Stiff Stuff) and then with a (semi-metallic painted) cushiony leatherette backing.  The stiff stuff  layer also helps with providing a base for the beaded bezel to come.  The metallic flexible paint on the leatherette was to provide texture and color as well as for protection against the elements and wear.

Double Protective Backing for Clay Cat
Double Protective Backing

Then the fun part of creating a beaded bezel around Snuggly Cat, cabochon and clay.

Finally the bail was glued on. (There is name for these kinds of bails but I can't recall it right now).

Finished Cat Pendant Backing
Finished Cat Pendant Backing


And shortly after, Mr Snuggly Cat was packed off to the States to live with the most wonderful Beverly Reynolds :)

Okay Okay.  I know Snuggly Cat is not a thing of beauty and wonder, but it provided me with good exercise on some initial clay work, it gave me yet another chance to bead bezel around irregularly shaped objects, it provided me with the pleasure of stitching love into a gift for a most wonderful friend. And now, Snuggly Cat clay pendant has a history! LOL!


Snuggly Cat Pendant
Snuggly Cat Pendant

Snuggly Cat Pendant

Snuggly Cat Pendant


Created: 2009-2011?
Materials:
  • air dry clay
  • seed beads (Miyuki, Toho)
  • iridescent flaked green cabochon
  • gold metallic wax, minute iridescent (opalescent) flakes, Tamiya Clear Acrylic Paint
  • Love

    Snuggly Cat - Beaded Bezel Clay Cat Pendant


    2 comments:

    1. Mr Snuggly Sits very happily on my desk where he surveysand protects all of the regular desk paraphanelia that I seem to continually add to. My Helena, I love him and he is very pretty!! I thank you very much and I hope you will continue clay playing. It can be very theraputic (sp?)
      Love shows in you in all you do. BJ

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      1. Hi BJ, I do do do want to get to do some clay work but other ideas somehow always call louder and stronger. But when I do and IF it turns out good .... I am sure some of them might very much want to go live with you! :D

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