Title: Burst of Revelry
Size: 8.75″ x 6.75″
Burst of Revelry was created with polymer clay, beads, and acrylic paint on a canvas board.
Burst of Revelry is an abstract sculpture that was created after I bought a polymer clay extruding tool. The hot pink strands were creating using it. This was created about the same time Sublime was. Not only did I want to experiment with the new tool, but I realized I hadn’t done any polymer clay pieces in a while.
Sometimes I feel like I get into ruts with my color schemes. Burst of Revelry was one of those pieces of art where I tried to break out of that rut. Normally I wouldn’t think to combine those colors together so I’m going to assume I started with a color picker tool of some sort (I wrote this 3 years after completing the piece).
The polymer clay is mounted on a canvas board that was painted with acrylic paint. The clay is baked on a piece of aluminum and then glued to the canvas board. Next, the small pink beads were glued into place. The whole piece was then sealed with an acrylic varnish.
Baking the clay directly onto the board can be done but is inadvisable for 2 reasons. First, the canvas board can sometimes warp slightly, usually becoming curved (especially larger pieces). Second, the clay will seem like it bakes to the board negating the need to use glue. However, in my experience, after 6 months to a year, that false adhesion begins to loosen. On one piece, this led to cracks and heavier portions of clay just fell off. This is true not only for baking onto canvas board but also to wood pieces. Always bake on a different medium & glue your sculpture to its intended surface.