and also this ancient Egyptian brooch to the right
My first idea was to cut out the pattern, like I did with my art nouveau necklace:
hmmm, looks nice.
After smoothing the edges a bit, using a knitting needle:
Not exactly what I was going for. Seems like I can't do a very tidy job with the needle and other tools, and it's just way too small to use my fingers. A bit distorted here:
One piece of "tile" in place. I had a trial with a scrap sheet.
Mmm, I don't know. Maybe I should cure the whole frame first, and then add the tiles. But how to smooth them into the recesses? Or should I bake them, too, and then simply glue them in place with liquid clay? Too many questions, too many questions.
How about making a cast with furrows in it. Too much work? Too much scrap clay?
This is a trial piece:
What if I simply use the "wire" method? Claygun, here I come. - I haven't taken photos here but it looks to me like it's even more work with even more questionable results.
Back to the beginning: In the meantime, I totally accidentally came across this cloisonne tutorial, and it gave me the idea that I would actually try the casting method. I still haven't figured out how I am going to add the tiles, but let's worry about that another day.
To be continued....