The theme for March's Smoosher's Challenge was "tribal". I was inspired to create some "faux bronze" some pictures I found of some ancient Celtic artifacts.
I created a mix of copper and black Kato polymer clay. I used a few basic tools for making pendants and beads. The needle tool and sandpaper are invaluable for adding texture. The little orange bit is a triangle shaped template made from orange card stock.
Here are a few of them after being cured in the oven. I "abused" them quite a bit with the sandpaper and needle tool.
After curing I Added some acrylic paint to age and highlight the details. I first used thalo green - brushed it on and rubbed it off. Then I hit the highlights with metallic bronze. After that, I did a quick 10 minutes in the oven.
To better emulate ancient bronze, there should have been more green in the final product. But, I am pleased with how they turned out. Note in this closeup, the crack in the round pendant. (The penny is there for scale)
And here is a picture of the final necklace. For the blue, black and white beads, I created a simple cane. I purposely made sure the cane slices were not round and did a little color blending here and there. I attacked with sandpaper and the needle tool. Patina and age was added with burnt umber paint. Inspiration for the beads came from this page of Celtic artifacts.