Opal has tickled the “faux rock” area of my brain since Donna Kato offered her free online tutorial. Camille Young, Randee Ketzel, Liz Hall and others devised their recipes.

My husband’s turned walnut bowl and a looming show deadline gave me the perfect opportunity to try out my own color combinations and mixtures.

Though I learned along the way and would do some things differently, these ideas are finally out of my head and strewn about my studio. It’s been a long time since I’ve shared with you and I want to start the year right.

Party tonight over at Craftcast where the group from the Polymer Clay Master Class book will gab and guffaw. Lots of prizes and fun. Join the gang!

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  • reply Kate Simpson ,

    Oh I just love it. Thank you for sharing.

    • reply Marian Hertzog ,

      That is a beautiful piece! Nice that you work together with your husband! Thanks for showing us your muse results!

      • reply Kristie Foss ,

        Your work on this piece is simply stunning! You do amazing things with polymer. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

        • reply tejae ,

          it’s gorgeous Cynthia! wow!!

          • reply Sandra ,

            I’m so glad you shared your work, and the work of your husband, with us! The colors that you have achieved on this piece are absolutely wonderful! Makes me feel like I better get myself kick-started for this new year. Thanks!

            • reply donna Greenberg ,

              A beautiful pairing of gifts! I would love to know what you would do differently now.

              • reply Alice Stroppel ,

                Thank you for sharing your work, it must be a joy to create with your husband. It’s such a lovely piece.

                • reply Jana ,

                  Brilliant and beautiful…love it when you show your own work!

                  • reply Eli ,

                    Really beautiful!

                    • reply Liz Hall ,

                      WOW, love it, there is just something about polymer and wood together and the fauxopal is gorgeous!

                      • reply genevieve williamson ,

                        Love the bowl, love the combination of materials, love that you and your husband work together as a team!

                        • reply Sherry Bailey ,

                          Send that to me IMMEDIATELY! (Worth a try!) ;^)

                          Beautiful, and a perfect use of faux opal. (Seriously.)

                          • reply Randee M Ketzel ,

                            So pleased to see how this turned out–yes, opal and wood are a sublime combination. When I saw the parts lying out ready to be put togehter, I was rooting for the dark grout–perfect! And yes, while it’s wonderful to have a husband who loves and supports your work, it’s ultra wonderful to have one to collaborate with :)

                            • reply Jan Montarsi ,

                              Its Really nice to see your work here too !!!
                              It’s a head “turner” !!!!

                              • reply Mags Bonham ,

                                Beautiful Cynthia! I have been playing with the opal lately too. Isn’t it amazing?

                                • reply Maniguette ,

                                  Cynthia, it’s beautiful and stunning !!! Love it.

                                  • reply Lynda Moseley ,

                                    Gorgeous presentation by both of you, Cynthia. I wish I was close enough to see the show in person. Maybe you could post photos for us?

                                    How wonderful you can combine your talents so harmoniously! This one has an Arts and Crafts era vibe. Frank Lloyd Wright would be proud. I absolutely love it.

                                    • reply Janet Johnson ,

                                      My husband turns wood, too and was intrigued by what you and your husband achieved. One question – did you apply the polymer veneer and cure it ON the bowl IN the oven? (We’re concerned that the 275-300 degree heat might do bad things to the wooden bowl)

                                      As an alternative, I can see creating a very thin decorative veneer, curing it flat, then gluing it to the bowl with C A glue…

                                      Thanks for this inspiration piece!

                                    • reply Helen Conrad ,

                                      That is amazing. Your work is so beautiful!

                                      • reply Marlene Brady ,

                                        Gorgeous!!

                                        • reply Sabine Spiesser ,

                                          The colours, to die for! What a fabulous bowl. Thanks for sharing.

                                          • reply Wendy Moore ,

                                            So so magnificent Cynthia. You two should be very happy with that creation. Now we just have to get the two of you to a couple of Australia’s opal mines so you can have even more inspiration! Hugs, Wendy

                                            • reply Sarah ,

                                              Way to fuse the muse! Truly gorgeous, I just love how polymer clay contrasts with wood surfaces, so stunning!

                                              • reply Christine Dumont ,

                                                A beautiful combination!

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