What’s on my work-table this week? Earrings! I love making earrings, they are practically the only jewelry I wear, other than my wedding ring.
I created a fern mold & made a few sets of these, with 14K gold findings. They are quite thin & delicate, with a generous coating of resin, to add shine & depth.
Of course, I had to make some purple earrings too, my favorite color!
These “Fairy Wing” earrings are something a bit different for me. I wasn’t sure I liked them & I almost threw them in the reject bowl (yes, I have a Large reject bowl) but I managed to tweak them a bit & they turned out quite interesting!
I made these leaf shaped earring from an old Kaleidoscope cane. I love Hot Pink & Orange together, it’s such a 70’s retro look.
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Currently, I’m working on designing some pendant settings, to use with small cabochons. I’m making my own molds with Premo clay, by impressing found objects, then cutting them out with metal shape cutters. I mixed a few Premo Metallic colors together to create a Golden/Bronze look for the setting. After I baked it I applied some Burnt Umber to add an antique look. Then a few touches of Treasure Gold rub, to highlight the raised design.
Now, I’m trying to decide what color cabochons to make as the insert. Here is a Turquiose, Metallic Tan, & White abstract cab.
Whatever cabochon inserts I decide to use, I will definitely coat them with resin before I affix them to the setting.
Completed Cabochon Setting in Silver clay with black accents
My New PDF File Tutorial is finally complete!
Click on the link above to view it.
This is 4th Polymer Clay tutorial
that I have made available in my
Etsy Shop, Beadazzle Me.
This tutorial will guide you step by step, how-to create Polymer Clay Mica Shift Striped Pendants, it includes 30 pages of easy to understand instructions, and 53 color images.
Directions are also printed right on the photos, so you may choose to follow the photos only, for an easy, photo by photo version of the tute..
Here are a few examples of my
completed Mica Shift jewelry
|Mica Shift Technique Earrings
|Mica Shift 1″ Pendants
paisley – a distinctive intricate pattern of curved, feather-shaped figures based on a pine cone design from India. ORIGIN – early 19th century, named after town of Paisley, Scotland, the original place of manufacture.
I’ve always loved the distinctive Paisley design. Many will remember the more psychedelic version from the late 60’s & 70’s, seeing it splattered over everything from caftans to wallpaper. My version is done in Premo metallic polymer clay. Mixing various shades of purples & violets to achieve a pleasing palette. To complete the look I added a crystal clear coating of Enviro-tex lite resin.
I also tried a complementary color mix of salmon, turquiose, & gold, for this shield shaped pendant. For the bail I used different sprockets I found at the local hardware store.
Just Let Your Creativity Flow
I’ve discovered something lately, when I just lose myself in what I’m creating, it seems to come out better. In other words, don’t plan the design beforehand, just let it happen! Whatever clay scraps or canes are in front of me, that’s what I use, it’s a very relaxed approach. Most of the time I have the TV on, I am a big fan of I Love Lucy, so I watch a few of those episodes on the DVR, or there’s always something interesting on HGTV. This new, more relaxed attitude does have it’s drawbacks, most of the time I have no idea how I made the piece.
My latest project involves layering, with translucent clay, rainbow foils, and pearl canes. After I bake the pendant & it’s hot out of the oven, I plunge it in a bowl of ice water. This seems to help with the clarity in the layering. After that I start my sanding! I usually use about 3 different grades of wet sandpaper. I always follow that with a vigorous buffing on a microfiber dish towel. Then a nice thick layer of Enviro-tex lite resin, to bring out the colors and the depth.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~Scott Adams
I am thrilled to be featured on Polymer Clay Daily by Cynthia Tinapple! Thank you, I am honored to be included with so many talented polymer clay artists.
I’ve had many customer requests to create flat-backed Cabochons for use in jewelry making. Here is my latest batch! I love experimenting with different color combos and shapes. Hope you like my new Cabs:)
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I’m having a great time this summer working with my own unique flower canes. I love mixing the colors and layering the different types of flowers, for a real 3-D look. After sanding the pendants with 3 progressively higher grits of sandpaper, it’s time for a nice thick coat of resin for a glass-like shine!
My pendants are available in my Beadazzle Me Polymer
Some of my latest creations feature a nice thick coat of Enviro-tex resin. I never liked working with resin, but I decided to give it another try. Finally, getting the hang of it! Seems it takes some fussing with a toothpick to keep it evenly at the edges, or else it doesn’t stay and shrinks back as it cures. It takes some practice, that’s for sure. Being the impatient person that I am, I couldn’t wait 8-10 hours for it to cure either! I popped the pendants in my craft oven at 200 degrees and after about 15 minutes…Wha-La!!
You can find my new pendants in my Etsy Shop