Swirled Lentils with Inclusions and “Bead Caps”
Copyright © Barbara Fajardo, 2005
Swirl Lentils have been my signature shape since opening my first little 2 oz. package of polymer clay in 2000. I’ve continued playing with the shape by adding a variety of sparkly and shiny inclusions. And who doesn’t like sparkly and shiny! Use your owncanework along with any variety of inclusions. Play with shapes of lentils by rollingsideways for a lozenge shape. Then shape into a tube to by flattening the ends. Trypinching into diamond or square shapes. As with all polymer clay projects, thepossibilities are only limited to what your own imagination can come up with!
Supplies and Tools
Various canes made from translucent and opaque clays
Inclusions (metallic leaf, micro beads, glitter…get creative!)
Translucent Liquid Sculpey (optional)
600x wet/dry sandpaper (optional, put recommended)
Finish (acrylic floor polish)
Lucite square or other small flat piece
(plexiglas, glass with taped edges, CD case)
Unlined index cards
Drilling Tool and/or Needle Tool
Oven and Thermometer
Roll a log of conditioned scrap clay and cover with a layer (medium thickness, about 1/16”) of aselected base color.
Before continuing, be sure to press out any air bubbles, this is crucial.
Next, press your selected inclusions down the length of the log. I used green micro beads,metallic leaf and a tiny bit of iridescent glitter.