I love polymer clay's ability to play the chameleon. With some experimentation, you can make polymer mimic a variety of other materials. For the latest challenge at the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy, we explored polymer's ability to mimic metal.
This is my entry: an industrial chic-inspired switch plate. I created the outer frame from individually cut pieces of silver metallic clay. After the clay was baked I added silver alcohol ink and sanded it for a distressed look.
For the glass-like blue center, I used the mokume gane technique which originated with metal working. Thin sheets of blue and translucent clay were layered with silver foil then sliced to reveal the design.
Vote and win!
The PCAGOE challenge is open for public voting through September 7. Vote for your favorites and you could win a prize! http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2012/08/september-challenge-metallic.html
Take it home!
Does industrial chic speak to you? You can add this switch plate to your room design.