Tiles and Coasters

I’ve had tiles and coasters in mind for a long time. I just like them for decoration, but they are also useful as a base to display something, a way to protect a surface, or just to show off an image you like. I don’t have a kiln at the ready and don’t really want one, so I use polymer clay. The finish has the feel and texture of kiln-fired clay and I can also build with it as well as paint on it.

PRODUCT NOTE ON AIR-DRY CLAY TILES

I’ve had to discontinue my tiles temporarily. None of the clays were consistently durable even with regular use. They tested fine right after I made them but seemed to lose their strength as time went on. I added more layers of finish as well as heavier finishes to see if that made the tiles stronger, and it did but unpredictably. I’ve been moving the designs over to polymer clay and will share new designs soon. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Three Cats Trinket Dish

This 4” round coaster is made from white polymer clay and stamped in royal purple with my brush pen sketch “Three Cats Looking”. NOTE: This dish is not safe for food or water.



The coaster are 4″ white polymer clay with “Three Cats Looking” stamped and impressed in Royal Violet ink. I love this little brush pen sketch and I’ve always wanted to do something with it, so I had a stamp made to play with. I may paint one or two of these too, and some other ideas include a square or rectangular dish. I really, really want to do something with the tail to let it hang off an edge or something, but I’m just not sure the polymer clay will stand up to a beating with a tail that thin.

And just to prove that my designs are “inspired by cats you know”, here is the photo I took when I sketched the three of them. You can read about the designs in my original post for this daily sketch.

photo of three black cats from behind

Mewsette, Mr. Sunshine and Jelly Bean

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These 4” round coasters are made from terra cotta polymer clay and impressed with a real leaf from one of the trees on the Panhandle Trail: sycamore, oak, maple and beech. NOTE: This dish is not safe for food or water.



Trees of the Trail coasters

“Trees of the Trail” coasters, terra cotta polymer clay with the imprint of a real leaf that’s from one of the trees growing on the trail—in fact, the sycamore leaf is from the sycamore tree I sketched in “Sycamore Moon” and the maple leaf is from the tree that holds “The Rope Swing.

I roll and cut the 4″ circles, press the leaf into the surface, bake the coaster and let it cool, then wash natural white acrylic paint over the surface, wipe it down, wash it again, and repeat until the leaf impression holds enough white to be distinguished and the surface has a light patina.

This is a brand new design and an experiment with the technique to get what I was visualizing with actual living leaves, and it worked! Another experiment earlier this month did not work, so this makes me very happy, and I have four sets of these coasters for my 2018 Panhandle Trail show.

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