Back to the drawing board

I may be slow, but I’m nothing if not persistent. Each night since the last blog post I’ve poked and prodded at those polymer clay tiles. There were aspects with which I was happy. There were aspects about which I wasn’t so sure.

Poke.

Prod.

Finally got a dozen 1.25″ square tiles done and baked last night. Maybe it was from looking at them too much, I don’t know, but it was only after they came out of the oven that I started noticing design flaws that really didn’t work for me. Not little things that could be patched over, either. Flaws in how the clay was formed at the edges. Pattern issues that I decided I just didn’t like after all, like the occasional really thin “stones” along edges that I thought might work, but really didn’t. There were variations in thickness at the edges that I hadn’t noticed, giving the tiles not so much an uneven floor appearance (which I wasn’t shooting for anyway), but just a really slipshod appearance. Worse yet, I’d managed to introduce irregularities in the shapes that just wouldn’t patch up well when placed together. Either they’d end up misaligned along the outer edges, or look strange with filler in between.

Like the title says. At least I’ve learned a few things along the way. No time practicing is wasted.

 

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Slowly but surely

I finally have the mosaic pattern incised into the polymer clay (to emulate flagstone flooring). Next step, cut out a dozen 1.25″ squares and start texturing the edges. I think. I’m still making this up as I go along, with a big shout-out to DM Scotty and Wyloch for all the awesome ideas.

77 to go

This part of the process definitely goes more slowly. I press polymer clay into the cardboard edges so that on baking the bases become quite rigid. Then I wrap each in more clay to be certain I have┬ámost of the gaps filled. Following that, I use a 1″ square template I cut from an old cassette tape case pressed to the top of each tile as the straightedge for cutting. A new razor blade made short work of the excess. Once all these are done, they go into the oven. After that, it’ll be time to apply the textures.

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