As if real Japanese shibori ribbon jewelry wasn't gorgeous enough!  I was bowled over when I saw Ludmila Bakulina's amazing shibori ribbon inspired polymer clay earrings tutorial!  She manages to beautifully capture the iridescent look of the fabric.

Her tutorial assumes you already know how condition clay, blend colors and texture it.  You can purchase that particular deep texture stamp of hers in this Etsy store.  There are many other texture patterns available.

She demonstrates how to curve the cut outs.  Great tip on just a quick bake using a hot air gun. This eliminates multi-baking steps down to just one bake.  The pieces are then stiffened so they do not distort during further handling .

I also like her attention to detail - the fine texture backing as well as the cane slice with initials - see her tutorial for that here. And the metallic clay edging as well as the wire work to finish up.

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