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Marble Hearths
 


I made a couple of marble hearths out of polymer clay for the San Franciscan. One is thick and one is thinner. I'm leaning towards the thinner one, as I like the swirls. I may use the other one in another room or I may make another.

This was Miranda's (SewMini) idea, that I have shamelessly stolen. :D  Gotta watch out for us Aussies.. we have convict blood. 

Thanks Miranda!

I watched a tutorial but there was too much mixing and I ended up with hardly any veins. Operator error no doubt. :D  So essentially I just loosely mixed pearl, silver & translucent clay. Then separately I loosely mixed white with a small amout of black. Then I rolled everything in a ball and then made snake ropes, by rolling it out into a long snake, folding and then twisting it like a corkscrew. then back into a ball, roll out and cut to size. Much simpler! :bangin:

 

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What.....More procrastination?.........If you waste much more time you'll get the house done!

Nice bit of marbling.........I used to marvel at the professional painters doing faux marbling.......amazing work and so is this!

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5 hours ago, MikeUK said:

What.....More procrastination?.........If you waste much more time you'll get the house done!

Nice bit of marbling.........I used to marvel at the professional painters doing faux marbling.......amazing work and so is this!

Haha... yes, I knew I didn't have the painting skills to make a painted version so clay it had to be. 

Oh, and while I was patting myself on the back I also gave myself a swift kick in the rear and got those door and window cuts done on the basement...:bigwink: Broke a couple of blades on the scroll saw though.:blush:

5 hours ago, jbnmini said:

Sounds like a great technique to me!  :)   Love the results!

Thanks Jackie... I might get adventurous and make counter tops too. :D  
 

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 I have a rehab waiting on my workbench that will need marble counter tops....so I will def be trying out this technique!  :)

 

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17 hours ago, SewMini said:

YASSSSS! This came out so great. How many blocks total did you use?

I know right?! I'm so happy with them. Thanks for the idea & directions. :D


I used One block each of white, translucent & pearl. Somewhere between an 8th & a 4th of a block of black mixed into the white clay (it was kind of just add black & mix until you get a base grey colour you are happy with and then add more for veining at this point mixing just enough to get good colour variation). With the silver it was just some chips, kind of like they used aluminium foil in the tutorial (but smaller pieces and more of them). I added them by gently rolling out my pearl/translucent clay mix, placed silver pieces all over it. Cut it in half, place one on top of the other silver side up, and gently roll back into a ball. Really as little rolling as possible so as not to get big chunks but also not to lose the variation.

All of this pre-mixing was minimal.. the real magic happened in the rope snaking. 

Honestly I could have used a slightly larger mix. I was struggling to get a second hearth out of this mix, hence the thin one. Ironically it was the thin one I liked better for both colour and thickness. :)

 

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I love it. Once all the mixing was done did you roll flat, cut, and bake, there was no warping?

I hand paint mine but I like this better, especially the light marble effect.

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6 hours ago, MLI Designs said:

I love it. Once all the mixing was done did you roll flat, cut, and bake, there was no warping?

I hand paint mine but I like this better, especially the light marble effect.

Thanks! Yes, rolled, cut & bake. There was no warping at all on the thicker one. The thinner one had a very slight curve to it, but given that it was thinner it was weighted down by the mantelpiece. Nothing that won't be sorted out once it's glued and weighted for drying. It still has the teeniest bit of flexibility.

Having said that, when I make them again will just go with the thicker version to avoid any warping.

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