Glazed Face Cabochons


Last week at my RIPCG meeting, some of us experimented with creating glazed face cabochons. We started out with various colors of polymer clay and some purchased face molds. I used a blend of ecru and white clay. After the face was molded, we rubbed small amounts of Pearl Ex powder on the faces and cured them for 10 minutes. The ones above have macropearl, bronze and gold, going left to right. After curing, we mixed a couple of drops of Pinata ink (I used 1 drop each of Baja Blue and Rainforest Green) with some liquid polymer clay. I used the Kato brand while some of my fellow members used the Sculpey brand. I save the sauce containers from my Chinese food orders and they’re perfect for mixing small batches of paint or glaze. The faces went back in the oven for about a half hour. We noticed that the faces with the Kato glaze came out shinier whereas the Sculpey faces had a matte finish. With the profile face, I experimented further with some Tim Holtz Distress embossing powder in a Tea Dye color (of course!). I rubbed it over the face and popped it back in the oven for awhile. When I took it out, it looked like nothing much had changed. The powder was still sitting on top of the face so I rubbed it off and it left behind some interesting spots. I glazed again to seal in those rusty looking spots.

I’m not sure yet what I will do with these faces. They might whisper to be used on one of my beaded journal pages. Or, perhaps a bead embroidered pin or pendant. Experimenting with glazing polymer clay has inspired me to create something for my January page that I’ve been puzzling over in my mind all month. It’s not done yet but I will post pictures once I have them made. A hint – pebbles on a path that spell out a message.

If anyone has any experience with glazing polymer clay, I invite you to share your story.

Saturday Morning Tea for the flu


I’ve been in the grip of a nasty flu all week. Drinking loads of hot beverages and not really tasting them but the warmth has soothed my sore throat. So, this morning I veer from my usual tea path and offer my thoughts on an indispensable herbal for relief of your cold or flu symptoms. It’s also great if you’re not sick and find the inside heated environment too dry.

Throat Coat is an herbal blend created by Traditional Medicinals, “a socially responsible and environmentally conscious company, providing the highest quality botanical products with a balance of responsible business practices as its guide”. You can find their products and this herbal “tea” at any of your local grocery stores. It contains licorice root, wild cherry bark, bitter fennel fruit, cinnamon bark, sweet orange peel, slippery elm bark and marshmallow root. These herbals are wonderful for soothing a dry and sore throat. I drink this blend regularly throughout the winter and quite a lot of it in the last week.

I am hoping that by next Saturday this flu will have loosened its grip and faded away and I will be able to resume my usual tea review.