I like using cloth napkins. Mine are humble western bandanas to go with Fiestaware and southwestern decor.
For several months, Tim and I have been “test driving” the napkin rings in the photo to make sure the appliqued leaves and vines don’t fall off. I can’t report total success. One leaf fell off mine, but I’ll live with that.
The napkin rings will be the first project for my Fall Lifetime Learning Institute class, “Polymer Clay Explorations.” I’ve borrowed from the approach Zan Caperton brought to a class several years ago when we co-taught. The base clay gets wrapped around a short section cut from a 1 3/8″ diameter cardboard tube. This time I’m covering the tube with a light texture sheet, the same type I use to texture the back of the clay. It will keep the clay from sticking to the tube and preserve the texture.
We’ll make the vines and leaves by hand–no fancy tools, except needle tools for adding veins to the leaves. Which reminds me, I need to get busy making needle tools for participants. (It simply involves making polymer clay handles for crewel needles. See “Handles With Ease.”)
The clay stays on the cardboard tube for curing. The tube is placed cut end down on a ceramic curing tile.
I’m taking the easy way out for the next couple of posts, using material from my upcoming class. The reason is that Tim and I are moving. It will be a fun move as moves go, as we’re going to a renovated apartment with the same floor plan we have now. But it’s really putting a cramp in my polymer clay activities. Can’t wait to get back in the saddle.