Sunday, October 25, 2009


Sorry, that last post should read from the September meeting, not August.


Barb B.

Faux Wood Recipes from August 2009

Hi All:

Here are the recipes from the August class. Sorry it took so long. Thanks to Janice for posting the other wood recipes from a couple of years ago!

1. I had a bunch of bits of various brown scraps that I mixed together. I mixed 2 scrap blend with 3 gold
2. Burnt Umber - 1, Silver - 2
3. Gold - 1, Pearl - 1
4. Pearl - 1, Gold - a smidge
5. Black - 2, Silver - 1
6. Burnt Umber - 2, Gold - 1
7. Burnt Umber - 2, Gold - 1, Silver -1
8. Copper - 2, Gold - 1
9. Copper - 1, Burnt Umber - 2
10. Raw Sienna - 2, Silver - 2, Gold -1
11. Pearl - 3, White - 1. Blend together and cut out 15 pieces and add 1/4 piece of Gold
12. Pearl - 3, White - 1. Blend together and cut out 15 pieces and add 1/4 piece of Silver
13. Raw Sienna - 1, Gold - 1

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

November Meeting

The November meeting will be mini shrines. It will be a theme of your choice with a talk of design and construction. Samples with be brought to the October meet so you can get an idea, and you have the month to come up with your own concept.

You can include hinges, boxes, books, dolls, small objects to add on, mixed media, christmas ideas (gifts!) or whatever you fancy! Dig out your imagination!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Here are the notes for Barb's faux wood class!

These techniques have been adapted from Bob Wiley's at and

Start with the pearl/mica clay. If you are blending colours, do so now, then run the clay through on the THICKEST setting to thoroughly blend the colours and to align the mica particles in your sheet. TURN YOUR SHEET 90 DEGREES and start to roll a log, making sure that you don't trap any air while your are rolling. Squeeze the ends to force out any air there. Start twisting the log, doing short areas at a time. If the log breaks just push the two pieces back together and hold it while you continue to twist the rest of the log. THE TWISTS SHOULD BE VERY CLOSE TOGETHER.

Lay the log on top or your pasta machine and using the widest setting roll the clay through. Continue to roll the clay through at narrower settings to achieve a sheet of wood that has a grain through it.

Mixing various colours of clay will achieve different 'species' of wood. Sof the types that I have attempted are a very pale 'maple', 'oak', 'Brazilian rosewood', 'cherry', and some that are just 'wood'. Amazingly enough, the red and green pearl mixed together make a nice accent to other clays.


1- pearl with a smidge of gold for a very pale wood
2- 6 parts pearl to 1 part gold
3- 1 prt ecru : 1 prt silver : 2 prts pearl
4- 1 gold : 4 white : 2 pearl
5- 1 gold : 1 translucent : 1 ecru : 1 pearl
6- 6 black : 1 silver makes anthracite
7- straight gold
8- 2 copper : 1 silver make a cherry sort
9- 4 burnt umber : 1 gold
10- mix red pearl and green pearl 1:1 (not entirely mixed) : 8 gold (ie. 1 prt mix : 8 prt gold)
11- #6 anthracite with a smidge of Alizaron Crimson and burnt umber make a Brazilian rosewood
(Cut random sized wedges out of the sheets of anthracite mix and burnt umber. Make up a sheet of the two colours using random pieces next to each other. Burnish the pieces together. Straighten the bottom edge of the sheet and roll up into a log. Proceed as before.)

Maybe someone who took pictures could post them???