I had initially thought of mixing translucent clay and alcohol inks but decided instead on a technique called Ancient Metals. One of the earliest articles I tried when I first began working with polymer clay was this one, taught by Laurie Prophater in a magazine article in 2007. My way of judging the worth of a new clay technique is to see if I can push it to do more than the orgininal application in the tutorial. The author warned that the technique wouldn't accept too much handling but I had made large beads before with the technique and decided this time to make some smaller beads to add to the Monet beads I already had.
Well, I had a lot of fun but my results won't be joining the Monet beads at the party this time. I need some different ink colors, I loved the blue but it wasn't the right shade, so I need to buy some more inks. I've never tried mixing different colors of these Ranger inks, maybe that's an experiment for today? Do I ever need an excuse to buy supplies? I believe that having your art materials close at hand makes the difference, you just have to reach for what you want and your creative process doesn't get interrupted searching. But after dumping a basket of beads yesterday (luckily in plastic bags) pulling my article binder from the bookshelf, my long-delayed workspace remodeling project is now in No. 1 position on my to-do list.