I’ve just seen a copy of the December issue of Jewelry Artist Magazine (Lapidary Journal). I would like to thank the magazine and Sharon Elaine Thompson for counting my work with metal clay powder among the 10 Most Influential Developments in the past decade “that have had or are soon likely to have the greatest impact on jewelry making today.” I feel surprised, happy, and grateful.
I would also like to thank you all for sticking with me throughout this journey, determined to make it work. I have learned a lot from your questions and from the problems you have encountered, and because of them I feel better equipped to continue my support.
Sharon Elaine Thompson mentions in the article that I borrowed a polymer clay technique to create a gradation of color. I talked to Elaine on the day I left to teach in The Netherlands; since then, and since my blog posting about the Skinner Blend, I have found another way of making a gradient surface, using the clay extruder. This technique will be presented in my next book, and I am happy to preview it here as a free project. I hope you make many beautiful things with this technique and send me photos for my new book.
These leaves are made from copper, bronze, White Bronze and steel, each one representing a different type of gradation. A project for constructing these leaves can be found in the April 2010 issue of Jewelry Artist Magazine.