Faux Labradorite

This is the first lesson where I have had a chance to collaborate with another clay
artist and dear friend, Bethlyn Damone! I got one of Bethlyn's faux labradorite
beads about a year ago and was just amazed by how real it looked!
So I asked her if she would work with me and make
a lesson and she accepted! So here it is!!! ENJOY!

Materials:

Work Tile
Translucent Clay
Black clay
Slicing blade
Pearlex powders:
Interference Blue
Interference Green
Interference Violet (Bethlyn)
Pasta machine (optional)
 
Step 1: Take a pinch of black clay and mix it into the translucent clay. You want just enough to make it a gray color.
Step 2: Divide your translucent gray clay into TWO equal balls.
Step 3: Flatten one ball and add Interference GREEN. Mix the powder into the clay. I added the powder till I was happy with the color.
Step 4: Flatten the other ball and add Interference BLUE. Mix the powder into the clay. I added the powder till I was happy with the color.
Step 5: Once satisfied with the color, roll each color through your pasta machine or just flatten it out with a roller.
Step 6: Stack the two colors on top of each other
Step 7: Cut the stack in half with your blade.
Step 8: Now stack the 2 halves on top of each other. You can always flatten it out a little and keep stacking if you would like!
Step 9: Flatten your stack out a little and just take your fingers and press into the clay. Don't get too carried away, though!
Step 10: Shape the stack into a cube.
Step 11: Now you are ready to start cutting slices from the top of the cube. Take a scrap piece of clay and cover it with the slices. You can add as many as you would like!
Step 12: Take you covered piece of clay make a focal bead or mold it into something or what ever your hearts desire! Bake, then plunge into an ice water bath, sand, polish, and you have your first Faux Labradorite bead! (See examples below)

Jenny Cox and Bethlyn Damone
2003 Text and Pictures