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From: Melody018/10/15 10:02 AM 
To: Klgroendyke  (5 of 8) 
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My friend Moe thinks maybe it could be chalks/pastels. If that interests you I may have more archived info on them I can share if you ask. I have used artist's pastels/chalks before and they are not particularly easy to work with and need a PC compatible spray fixative like PYM II (which, at best, produces only a semi gloss, not a matte). Moe suggests one could try PYM II as a spray fixative followed by a painted or dabbed on with a semi-moist sponge) matte varnish sealer. I have not yet found a truly matte varnish, as even the Rustoleum Varathane© satin (matte) isn't really matte, just less shiny. To get a matte finish I sometimes use the satin and just rough it up a little with very fine sandpaper or very fine steel wool after it's dry.

My opinion is that it could pastels/chalks or some sort of a PC compatible colored matte wash or semi transparent colored finish painted on over the PC like an alcohol ink or tinted/colored TLS (translucent liquid Sculpey).....both of which I think I can identify in the picture gallery of her Etsy studio Use arrows on the photos to navigate.



I found this article which may or may not provide some clues.


Hope your search proves fruitful.

Anita in AZ








  • Edited August 10, 2015 12:47 pm  by  Melody01
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From: Klgroendyke8/10/15 1:13 PM 
To: Melody01  (6 of 8) 
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Thank you

From: gilladian8/10/15 11:05 PM 
To: Klgroendyke  (7 of 8) 
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To me, it looks as if her colors are mostly translucent, tinted with chalks, inks and other inclusions; maybe including oil paint or genesis heat-set paint, rubbed over the surface of the cured translucent. You might look at Louise Fisher Cozzi's tutorial on Etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/33533740/dvd-tutorial-the-sophie-necklace-with?ref=shop_home_active_1
which explains many of the techniques you might be interested in (I own this tutorial and really enjoyed following it, but have no other interest in promoting it).

From: mkirkwag11/2/16 3:50 PM 
To: Klgroendyke unread  (8 of 8) 
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Anita's probably right, but I'm wondering if those spots and edges weren't created with a bit of acrylic paint - spatter for the dots and painted edges. Then we're just looking at the natural clay, finished to the level she chooses. I don't think anyone knows what she does, but her's a tutorial from someone who has come close: http://patamosaic.canalblog.com/archives/2015/04/15/31893743.html  The gist is that she used pastels over raw black clay and then some alcohol on top. I use pastels to good effect over white; I've never tried over black - now I'm going to. The alcohol must be for blending. I've never tried that either.

I really wonder, looking at her necklaces, if these pieces can be as thin as they look, or if they're build on top of copper. I can't believe those jump rings wouldn't tear right through.



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