Sunday, August 31, 2014

Little Black Ball Challenge

September's theme is the "little black ball" challenge. Everyone had to started with a 1-inch black ball of clay that remained recognizable in the final piece. As an added twist, members were asked to choose a technique or something discussed in The Polymer Arts magazine or blog published by fellow member Sage Bray who is the feature artist on the PCAGOE Facebook page right now.

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1. Chopped Metallic Polymer Pen with Black Ball No. 142 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
This pen with stand expands upon an idea that I floated past Sage Bray and which was included in The Polymer Arts, Spring '12 issue. Instead of only chopped translucent polymer, this piece utilized metallics and leaf to adorn the black ball starting point. Happy Anniversary, TPA! See more about this piece at

2. Black and White Swirls Polymer Clay Box by Angela of polymerclaycreationsThis is a collectible box handmade from 100% polymer clay, covered with a technique I like to call faux silkscreen mokume gane. 

3. Black Pearl by Line of PlaySculptLive
The seashell is a mokume gane cane made of pearl green, pearl blue, purple and black. I covered the black pearl with iridescent mica powders and sanded a bit off of the top to show the black through. The sea foam is from a neat trick I learned from a fellow sculptor. Read more:

4. Fan Pull by Jill of JKollmann
Fan Pull for the September Little Black Ball Challenge and inspired by TPA articles on repetition, flow, caning and contrast.

5. Black and White Impressions by Lisa of HiGirls
I chose to slice up my little black ball, as well as add natural texture. The Polymer Arts issue I was inspired by was Fall 2013 "Plein Air Polymer". Using impressions of leaves on white polymer followed by a wash of black tinted liquid clay, I achieved a ceramic look for the white disks. The little black ball has been textured using the very spiky center of a purple cone flower. For more views:

6. Filigree Swirls Decanter and Bottle Stopper by Arlene of Ashpaints
 The Little Black Ball required for this challenge is actually the ball on the bottle stopper. But it was lonely by itself, so I created a decanter covered with filigree swirls inspired by Sage Bray's blog post on May 21: Monochromatic Intricacy (

7. Black Ball Challenge Mandala Ornament by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
A 1" black polymer ball is the center base for this mandala ornament. The mandala is constructed of polymer, dowel supports, and liquid polymer coated cotton thread. This piece was inspired by two blog posts from The Polymer Arts Daily Blog, one on mandalas and another on repetition. For better photos and to read more about the creation of this piece, visit my blog here:

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