Monday, February 27, 2012

Chained Heart [P3 Valentine Challenge]

The Philippine Polymer Clay Guild's Valentine 2012 Challenge was to create a heart with a steampunk theme.
What is Steampunk?  Google the word and Wikipedia will give you this description:

  "Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.  Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain or "Wild West"-era United States—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy."

There are many artists who make beautiful steampunk accessories.  They make use of those oh so tiny watch gears and other metal products in their works.  It is very fascinating.

This was my P3 Steampunk submission:

There were 2 different colors of Premo polymer clay:  Burnt umber and Alizarin Crimson. 
The tip of the heart was twisted and wrapped with a small-gauged chain.
I added a brass metal gear and secured it with wire.  The background texture was stamped and colored with mica powders and paint.  The blue and white petal is from a millefiori cane.
The back was textured as well.

The concept of the piece is very timely for lent but essentially, it's a message that is fit for any season.
I am a Christian and allow me to share this with you:
The key to being free from the chains and bondage of sin is to put our complete trust in God.
Only then can we have a heart that is pure and white as snow.

Have a blessed day, my friend!

♥  Michelle 

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