Here are my polymer clay compact mirrors, next to their original hand drawn designs.
If you go left to right, top to bottom on the above picture, that's also the order that these were designed in.
I've been doing a lot of these for an upcoming convention, and they'll always be available in my Etsy store
The style I use here is one I developed for these book covers fav.me/da7fhrf fav.me/da7gah0
. I wanted to do them on a much smaller scale, since the journal covers take about 2 days to make.
To start designing these, I pick a number - 3 or 4. This determines the kind of symmetry the design has and how I split the pieces on it, and how many crystals are set in it.
I also decide whether I want it to have the colour behind the silver (the white and dark blue ones in the above) or have the coloured parts set on top.
I have some loose style rules on these, I guess it keeps the look cohesive. It's always a combination of straight and curved lines, with the silver parts being curved and the smaller coloured parts being some kind of pointy kite-ish shape unless they're a large piece in the centre. Then they have curved sides.
The curved lines are made with a circle stencil. Nothing too fancy.
I also look at negative spaces as well as the positive spaces. I want the designs to work well both ways.
Some of these were loosely inspired by shapes found in cathedral architecture. I like the way the arches and curves open up spaces, since they were designed to let more light through. The one on the far right (green) was drawn while watching ABC's/BBC's Stargazing Live, and was thus influenced by swirling galaxies and celestial objects.
I made copies of all the designs and cut them into templates for the clay.
All coloured parts are made and baked first. They're made with Fimo Soft gemstone effect clays so they're a bit shimmery and translucent.
Then I make the silver parts, most of it is actually black clay brushed with silver PearlEx powder. Silver coloured clay is only used for the thin borders. I poke little dents in them to set the crystals with a tool I made, it's just a small rod with the end cast from the back of the pointy crystal. You can see it at the top of this photo fav.me/da1hi5g
After it is baked and glazed, the crystals are set in it and I glue it to the compact mirror. I can make about 4 of these in one day, not counting the time it takes for everything to fully set and dry. The borders take the longest to do, and I'm usually aching by the end of it if I try to do too many so I usually make 2 or 3 a day and work on something else.
I've made 42 for this year's convention