30 Days #7 – Ascendence

This was a tiny little sculpture 2.5×3″ of a raven. It was a blurry photo originally but I liked the form, so I went almost abstract with it.

Here it is in black clay – some gooey fresh Premo this time around. It’s actually quite a bit darker in person, but this way you can see the detail.

The problem was that it was too dark. And it needed a bit of color.

I tried adding some warm colors and a touch of metallics but I wasn’t really happy with it. The metallic paint scattered the light too much, and at such a small size, it lost coherence and detail.

Cool tip I learned from my husband. Use rubbing alcohol to strip acrylic paint off polymer. I don’t know if it will work if it’s been cured for days but it worked perfectly after it was already dry to the touch for about 45 minutes. A little soaking and some scrubbing with a paper towel and it was back to the original black.

It does need something but I may wait a bit to figure out what. Any suggestions?

I may also treat it as a small study and do a larger version later on.

Posted by Skygrazer

Polymer clay addict and artist. Also fascinated by kaleidoscopes.


Debbie Goodrow

How about some metallic blacks, deep blues, deep greens, and some deep reds just on the raven to highlight her against the black background?

That would be cool 🙂 I’ll have to see how it looks.

I think I’ll have to do a larger version too – I can get away with crazier color if it’s easier to see what the subject is.

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