The older I get the more I like bright colors so I decided to do something bold in the kitchen. I have for many years wanted painted cabinets and now I do, or I will when they are done. The walls are "Yellow Squash", The woodwork is"Green Saddle" and the cabinets are "Red Garnet". I will take photos when everything is back together again.
I did get a little clay time in, I made a few pieces I want to show you. All the new Premo colors I have tried have been soft and sticky, much softer than the old Premo. I like the colors but had a difficult time working with the mushy clay. I finally mixed it with Kato Pearl which helped considerably. I also mixed the New Premo 18K Gold Pearl with old Premo red Pearl and got a pretty terra cotta. I still had to add a little Kato to give it body.
Here are a couple pieces I made with it.
Here is a closer look at the plaid piece. As you can see the clay was still hard to work with, It was difficult to get clean lines. I usually put a piece of parchment paper over the top and burnish but the clay was to soft to put any pressure on it. I did cover it with the paper and gently smoothed as best I could with my finger.
I made a Skinner blend flower petal to make the flower piece. I made the golden background by mixing Premo gold 50/50 with Kato Pearl. I placed the petal in a pleasing pattern, burnished the flower smooth and ran it though the pasta machine on the number 2 and number 3 settings. I then place it on layers of terra cotta red and the light gold and cut a shape I liked. I slanted the blade to get the border I wanted. I always enjoy sanding and buffing any piece that contains Pearl clay, I like the shimmer on the petals.
Here is a closer look at the flower piece.
The painters will be back tomorrow so I'm not sure how much claying I will do. I am going to work on some wire pieces tonight, maybe I will have time... and energy... to blog about them tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to your comments. I would love to know how others feel about the new Premo colors and the consistency of the clay.