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Thursday, June 11, 2015

New Polymer Clay Jewelry Designs


I love creating with polymer clay, as I mentioned in my last post.  I have completed several brooches, which I have just posted to Etsy and EBay.  Without any further ado, here they are:

Our Lady of Sorrows Figural Brooch

Brooch embellished with several AB crystals

St. Therese of Lisieux (as a child) - with a rose border

Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus - stamped and painted clay

Our Lady of the Wayside figural brooch


Our Lady of Fatima figural brooch

Our Lady of the Wayside - twisted border design

Our Lady of Guadalupe - stamped and painted border

Several figural Virgin Mary brooches

I am still in the process of making several polymer clay statement necklaces and will share them here when I have some completed.  Be sure to check back!

P.S.  By the way, have I mentioned that I am now on Instagram?  Be sure to visit me there, too! 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Polymer Clay Jewelry in Process


Although I have been creating things for as long as I can remember, I really only started creating jewelry designs in the late 1980's.  In the early 1990's, I discovered polymer clay and became immediately hooked on this wonderful medium.  At one point, I can recall other artists transferring images onto polymer clay, but I wanted to do something different than what others were doing.  Frankly, I wanted to impose images into my work in a manner that was more foolproof with less trial and error.  I developed the technique for incorporating images from real paper into my jewelry designs.  At first, I utilized postage stamps into little framed pieces of polymer clay jewelry, and gradually started using other images, as well.  I sold my designs on EBay and couldn't keep them in stock. Then, when I shared my technique for my framed postage stamp/polymer clay jewelry designs in Belle Armoire Jewelry II about 10 years ago, I noticed that all of a sudden, I had competition from people who were using my technique to create and sell their versions of framed polymer clay jewelry designs on EBay.  To this date, I can't recall anyone giving me credit as the person who discovered this technique. And yes, it is still a sticking point with me.  It is what it is, I guess.  Live and let learn, right?  OK, enough about that.  I am getting off of my soap box now.  LOL

Some of my earliest postage stamp jewelry designs (circa 1999-2000):







 Even though I still created with polymer clay at home, the pieces I made to sell on EBay and Etsy were primarily made of other mediums.  I focused on creating mixed media Catholic and pop art jewelry designs.   These days, I am known more for my Catholic jewelry designs than anything else.

Lately, I have decided to return to my polymer clay making roots while still focusing on the Catholic aspect of things so as not to alienate my customer base.  Earlier this week, I spent an entire 12 hour day working on just polymer clay.  I wanted to share some pictures of what I am working on right now.  Please keep in mind that all of the pictures show the designs in process.

This design utilizes the Klimt cane as a base.  It will be fashioned into a necklace and possibly matching earrings:




 Another pendant in process.  I'm still toying with the idea of adding more clay into this piece and then covering the top with resin:


A Virgin Mary pendant with handmade rose beads.  I am thinking about adding some rhinestones to this piece:


Polymer clay focal jewelry pieces in process- pendants and brooches:


Polymer clay crosses which will be made into earrings, necklaces and a bracelet:


An image of the polymer clay designs I made in 12 hours.  The hearts have been textured and will be highlighted with other colors so they pop:


Stay tuned for more pics of these projects as I complete them. :)