Friday, July 30, 2010

Faux Jade

I've been working on creating several faux stones with polymer clay. So far, the jade has been the most satisfactory. I made the beads for this necklace a couple weeks ago and before I had them assembled, a new friend came to the studio, saw the stones, and asked me to make them into a necklace for her. This is the result. Actually it hangs better but I was in a rush to get it ready and took this photo in a hurry. Hope you are enjoying it Coleen.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Copper Cuff with Silver Nugget

This is my first attempt at making a copper cuff.  Three different solder joints on top of each other and luckily they all held. The surface was textured then treated with liver of sulfur. The inside of the blank was lined with polymer clay since it fits snug to the wrist and green wrists just aren't my thing. Hope the polymer holds tight as the cuff needs to flex a bit each time it is worn. Next time, I will rough up the inside to give the polymer more tooth for adhesion.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Artists & Creativity

Have you ever wondered how artists do what they do? What is their inspiration? I've always been fascinated by the creative process and enjoy reading about how other artists have set about bringing ideas to fruition and how they get moving when the ideas aren't flowing. Rice Freeman-Zachery has written a book where she interviews 15 artists about their inspiration, creative process and how they jump start their work if they are temporarily stalled out. Easy reading and validation that other adults have to stop and pick up leaves, trash and "treasure" when they are supposed to be doing other things. Check it out.

Friday, July 9, 2010

For the Birds

The bird house I made was a lot of fun so I thought I'd try another one. Earth tones and a little more texture complete this little polymer abode.

Friday, July 2, 2010


Got into making a few bangles lately. Made a copper cuff too that I'll post later. These bangles were made with scraps from, you guessed it, black & white beads. Will it ever end? They have a metal core and should be durable. I guess there is the possibility of clay breaking off since I didn't glue the clay on or sand the metal first. Time will tell.

These purple ones were fun to make and are made entirely of polymer. I don't know how well they will hold up since they are a bit flexible and have no internal support. If anyone reading this has any experience with solid polymer bangles, let me know.

Have a great 4th of July!