Yes, that is a yoi reference. No, it’s not supposed to make sense [out of context].

Let’s go~!

I’m chugging along at in-depth, quite like a Thomas the Unreasonably Stressed Human Disaster. Progress!

 

To start off, I drew sketches of jewelry I liked in terms of design/material manipulation, especially older Cartier designs. These were mostly for practicing a “sketching style” in terms of actually doing my own designing, and learning how to draw in a looser, more evocative than detailed manner. Eventually I’ll get to doing watercolour/ink designing, and potential “blueprinting”.

In terms of materials, experimenting with different mediums is working through trial and error. I went to Michaels to see if they had any mica pigment, as that is the medium most commonly used for making polymer clay shiny; if used very liberally it almost mimics metal. To my great chagrin, it only came in large packs, requiring even more liberal use of ~pecuniary advancements~. So instead of that, I got some embossing powder, which is a powder that melts when heated and forms into a sort of coating. There is some running as it melts, which sometimes causes warping in the material but with some folding in the parchment paper the warping is greatly minimized.

a pair of wing panels, to be angled later. the embossing powder is melty

a pair of wing panels, to be angled later. the embossing powder is interestingly textured

I post my creations and works in progress on this account; which provides a stream of Validation that is necessary to my continued well-being. I jest, I jest. It is only slightly necessary, definitely ranked below sleep.

I intend to work with cabochons; they have a lovely smooth gloss that is very easy to incorporate into clay forms. Since they need to be mostly wrapped to ensure that they stay in, there is less reflected light. I’ll need to experiment with prong-settings or cage-like forms to allow maximum shininess!

my first experiment with embossing powders

my first experiment with embossing powders

 

ASPECTS OF HOW TO HAVE A BEAUTIFUL MIND:

 

How to agree:

My mentor suggested that I begin learning how to draw simple human figures, to serve as models for my designs. It will be more difficult than simply sketching freeform objects on paper, as my past experience with drawing hands is very..spaghetti-esque. However, the skill of drawing human figures, especially in design is incredibly useful, and will be of great use in the future.

 

How to disagree:

I haven’t run into any situations with my mentor in which I would disagree; her expertise and knowledge in the area greatly outweighs mine in terms of experience. This effectively overrules many of my possible objections, as the database I am working with is much more limited.

 

How to differ:

There hasn’t been a case in which we’ve differed in opinion; however, I can foresee some potential differences between how we want to approach this project. I am pretty limited in possible designs, as thin pieces of clay are about as durable as they sound, whereas my graphite/watercolour/inking sketches are far more flexible.