My kids have been making fun of me for years for saving those colored mesh bags made of plastic... you know, the ones that held onions, garlic, cherry tomatoes or other fresh veggies..... I knew if I held on to them long enough a use would turn up.... sure enough, I started playing with clay and needed something for snake skin. Ah Ha, I thought.... and dug out my stash of bags.
Click on the photos for a closer look.
Here are sample textures that I made with the bags.
Close up of the diamond samples
Close up of the oval samples
I conditioned the clay and ran it though the #1 setting on the pasta machine. I spritzed the clay with water, wrapped the mesh around the clay so the pattern is on both sides. and put it though the pasta machine, still on #1. This one has a fun pattern.
Gently remove the mesh to reveal the pattern.
Stretch the mesh to get a whole new look.
Two patterns from the white mesh bag.... one design is a little larger.
Go for a whole new look by using several layers of the mesh bag.... like this.
Next I used the yellow bag... trying for something different I scrunched up the sides and left the center in a double layer
I spritzed the clay with water and ran it through the pasta machine
I was on a roll so I scrunched up the purple bag put it over a sheet of clay and ran it through pasta machine
here's how it looks after removing the mesh
The red mesh was still attached to the end paper... I wanted to see how it would look if I used it "as is"
The green bag wasn't cooperating when I tried putting it though the pasta machine so I used my brayer to roll the design into the clay.
Not crazy about this one....
These are nice textures to use for the backs of pendants or bracelet tiles.... saves on sanding.
Well that's it for the mesh bags. Hope you find it useful.
I went through all my photos and found the "Flying Snake" that I textured with a mesh bag. I made it into a necklace, the lady who bought it emailed me not long ago to let me know she gets lots of compliments every time she wears it.
Edited to add the Finished Necklace
Lots of photos today, I hope I didn't overdo it.
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