This particular workshop, sponsored by the Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild, focused on the use of translucent polymer. Marie has used a wide variety of translucents, and introduced us to her favorite: Cernit. Cernit translucent proved to be an incredibly versatile product, and we couldn't find enough time to play with all the different options. I particularly liked using the colored translucents mixed with the clear, and incorporating composite goldleaf into the clear translucent. Pictured in this post are several pairs of earrings demonstrating different applications.
The round disk-shaped earrings demonstrate the translucent qualities the best. Light shines through these earrings from the back, giving them an overall glow. The blue and purple earrings have colored translucent swirled on top of clear. Marie showed us how to make narrow tubes of swirled lines and I couldn't resist making the leaf shapes with them. The aqua earrings have a smaller disc of pressed gold-leaf composite, and these discs really sparkle.
The pairs in red and gold highlighted both the true red color of the Cernit clay, as well as some other techniques that Marie helped us develop.
In addition to disk earrings, I made some of my favorite triangle shapes. I added pearls and crystals. Because of the shape, the clay took on a different look and did not seem quite as transparent.