#127 Cherry Blossom Vase
To be completely honest, I am having a hard time giving this piece up. It came out so amazing. It looks so much better than I imagined it would that I am really tempted to keep it for myself! The background on the piece is a technique called Mokume Game. It is a Japanese method of folding metal to resemble wood. Polymer clay artist have found a way to replicate these technique using the clay.
In this instance, not only was my always use of glitter used, but gold foil making the background so good looking that I almost left it that way. After looking at the vase for a few days, I couldn't stand it and had to embellish! The vase stands at 8 inches and is flared at the top.
I hit Youtube and the various polymer clay books to see what might inspire me. This was the first time I tried making cherry blossoms so I had to work out the technical problems such as those stamens. After several tries I finally came up with using fine wire and tiny dots of yellow cane. It worked! But on the same note, it is very delicate. I then used a special glue to tighten the grip the stamens had on the flowers and then after curing the piece, I lost count of how many coats of the finish I used on it for extra support.
This really turned out to be a labor of love. It took several days of research and then sculpting the final piece. I even looked up Chinese characters to place a real message on the vase. It says peace, tranquility and harmony. These were the feelings I had when I gaze at the vase. A real beauty. I also made a short video of the vase showing all of the sides. Be sure to check it out. https://youtu.be/7iVcnA39WtY
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