I have a "thing" for coral as the colors are so varied and rich, they just make you feel warm wearing them. Since I have never seen a REAL coral chow carving, it became necessary for me to figure out how to create one!!
The FAUX CORAL I create from polymer clay which was painstakingly layered, thinly sliced and layered again and again to bring out the rich orange/red tones and translucent quality of real branch coral!!! You can see the real coral in the background of many of the photos for comparison. I even introduce "fissures" and pock marks for that realistic touch!
After firing , the entire pendant was covered in black paint (always a "cringe" moment ) and baked on , followed by hours of sanding and buffing off the paint to reveal the exquisite details of the sculpting beneath. It looks for all the world like finely finished coral without the weight or high price tag of the real deal!!
This handsculpted set of beautifully matched faux coral earrings would look stunning with one of my matching bracelets or necklaces!!
EARRINGS MEASURE 1 3/4" tall without the earwires.