Friday, 1 May 2015

Talisman Progress



I started making the talismans in February and struggled with new techniques and had quite an uphill journey figuring out how to best assemble all the elements to ensure they lasted well (I was determined not to use glue).

The hardest part for me, at the beginning, was using the polymer clay, but I feel so much more accomplished with the material now and, although I am no quicker at making them, I do feel the latest goddesses are tidier and more polished.

I also feel I have improved other technical aspects like the background is now on heavy watercolour paper and not canvas to avoid the frayed edges I got with canvas.  I am more confident with my sewing machine, in adding all the elements.  I now varnish the background before adding the goddess, which helps keep dust off and I am much better at soldering the jewellery elements as well as being more experimental with them.

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These two are the latest, recently finished - I am having so much fun with them!

12 comments:

Win Dinn said...

I just love these talismans - they evoke so much that is beautiful about the feminine. The combination of textile, clay and jewels is delicious!

Rolina said...

Thanks Win, the mixture makes it very difficult to categorise them!

Chris Lally said...

I don't know how you keep an inventory of these wonderful pieces. They must be in very great demand because they are so unique, so creative, so beautiful!

Linda said...

How nice!

Rolina said...

Thanks Chris, I know, it doesn't help that some are at the gallery and I am not sure which have sold there. The ones that are sold directly by myself are easier to keep tabs on.

Rolina said...

Thanks Linda!

Sheila said...

I really love the combination of elements and disciplines. These are gorgeous Rolina :)

April Rimpo said...

These are such beautiful pieces, Rolina. I am intrigued with your comment that you don't use glue. Do the talisman move?

Rolina said...

Thanks Sheila!

Thanks also, April, yes, they do move slightly. The goddesses and jewels are attached by wires that go through the board to the other side. The whole thing is a 4x4" box canvas and I use a piece of board to tidy everything up at the back.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

the lines and shapes add a lot of movement to them :)

Rolina said...

Thanks Jennifer, one of my aims was to make them slightly interactive, so you can move the jewels around etc.

April Rimpo said...

Very cool approach, Rolina. Thanks for answering my question.