Next came the torso. I sculpted this and attached it to the neck, using diluent to make the seams perfectly smooth and invisible. I wasn't ready to add the arms yet at this point. I wanted to sculpt her tail and get her positioned on the pendant before I made her arms. That way I would be able to position them perfectly so she was holding onto the pendant.
I swirled together several shades of blue and green Premo polymer clay to create a custom mix for the mermaid's tail and the teardrop shaped beads I planned on adding to the necklace. Before positioning the mermaid around the beaded pendant I painted her facial features with acrylic paint and colored her lips and cheeks with powdered pink chalk mixed with interference red/ blue Pearl Ex powder. I really wasn't sure what color I'd get when I mixed the two, but it turned into the perfect shade of pink with just enough of a sheen to make it look very realistic. To be sure the mermaid was securely attached to the pendant I added liquid polymer clay where her body touched the pendant. I baked the mermaid and beads at this point.
The final step in the necklace was to create the beaded components, which were composed of blue and green glass beads, silver bead caps, and the blue and green swirled clay beads.
And this is how the final piece turned out.
I've actually only made a few mermaids (so far), but I have to say this is my best one yet. I'm very happy with the way she turned out, and I'm glad I took my time while creating this entire necklace. Once again, this is something entirely new for me- definitely a one of a kind creation!
Thanks so much for joining me on another creative journey!