Last weekend's time in the studio produced two Talismans, one of which has yet to be titled. They both feature one of my favorite polymer techniques: faux raku. My work in this style confuses many viewers who think the polymer elements are raku fired. I enjoy the process which involves using iron oxide, iridescent powders, acrylic paints, pastels, and patience to get each piece just the way I want it. You can see some of my 'tools of the trade' above, as I work on the largest element of the finished Talisman at left.
The one at right is done with the same technique, and combines polymer beads made by Jeanne Rhea with glass beads and a feather. This one is called "Urafiki, Talisman of Friendship," in honor of Jeanne, who is a fantastic artist, creative inspiration, and dear friend.
Whose work inspires you? Is it a 'famous' artist? A friend?
Have a wildly creative Wednesday.