You all know Textures Tuesday, right?
No? Well it’s an inspiration page on facebook where photos of textures are posted on Tuesday. We challenge each other with themes and brillant pictures, moderated by our lovely host Catherine Witherell. It was this page that inspired me to create a new pendant and write this post.
And it starts in the kitchen. I love to cook. It’s one of my ways to wind down after a hard day’s work. One of my favourites to make is white roux* for vegetables. That was what I was making on a Tuesday late afternoon.
Unfortunately I got distracted and forgot the roux while it was on the stove. When I came back, it was burned. Not heavily, like very smelly, but enough to create a thick layer on the bottom of the pan. Without much ado I threw away the roux in my sink and started to clean the pan.
Then inspiration struck. The theme of this week on Textures Tuesdays was bubbles. I looked into the pan and I saw… bubbles! Of course I ran away to fetch my camera. I started to make a series of pictures, planning to post them for this week’s TT theme.
When I was making the pictures, there was that nagging voice that said: “How could I capture this texture, ‘cause it would be gorgeous to use on Metal Clay?” When you work with Metal Clay it’s inevitable that you see the world as a supplier for textures. So a plan formed in my head. Instead of cleaning the pan, I put it upside down to let it dry till the next morning.
At that point the roux had dried substantially and I was able to scrape small parts of the bottom to let them further dry on a plate. Two days later it was hard enough to press the two-component rubber against it to form a negative of the Roux.
Exited I rolled out a slab of silverclay. Carefully I pushed the mold against the clay. I decided on making a picture like framing to honour the Texture Tuesdays page. The clay was dried on a glass to create a nicely curved pendant. When it was dry I opened up some holes to create some lightness and baked the pendant.
Take away from this story: “Keep your eyes open to unexpected gifts of serendipity”. You never know when inspiration strikes.
I invite you to leave your story about getting an unexpected idea in the comments to share with the other readers.
*Roux (pronounced “roo”) is one of the basic thickening agents in the culinary arts. Used primarily for thickening sauces and soups, roux is made from equal parts fat and flour, and the “equal parts” are measured by weight, not volume.