Please welcome our latest sponsor, Fox Henderson's The Monkey Rodeo. His work has been featured here numerous times, most recently the Norse Cthulhu that's currently for sale at his site. There are also some Mythos makeup appliances in the pipeline that should be warmly received.
His Cthulhu idol is something I'm really looking forward to, since I've been planning on doing a Viking-themed assemblage of props for a while. One of the pieces I'd like to include is an Elder Sign inscribed in amber. After browsing some polymer clay craft sites I banged out a quick test piece.
I used Sculpy III Translucent clay with a touch of Super Sculpey for color. Unfortunately, I baked the clay directly on a cookie sheet. That caused some scorching that transformed the clay's translucent white to translucent brown. That said, it's not bad. The color is still within the range of Baltic amber despite the hue shift. The baked clay polished up to a dull shine with a cotton rag, giving a serviceable facsimile of amber's warm glow. I brought out the inscribed Elder Sign with wax-based schmutz.
For a first effort I'm pretty happy with it. For the next go-round I'll use a ceramic tile as the baking surface in order to avoid the scorching issue. I also need to come up with a version of the Elder Sign that's a bit more Norse-ey.