I’d rather be in the studio, but…

•April 17, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Spring has sprung and with it come outdoor chores.  Working in the studio will just have to wait!  Today I’m blowing leaves from the front beds as tiny plants have started to emerge from their long winter nap.  They are tender at this point and raking would cause severe damage.  Underneath these leaves lie tiny bellwort and snowdrop plants and ferns are sporting fiddleheads that will eventually unfurl in leafy glory.  Our woodland path is filled with bluebells…I’d prefer that they had chosen to grow elsewhere than where I walk, but I had virtually no input and I don’t think transplanting them at the stage is viable.  I’ll just have to hop around them for now!

Did I Say SALE?

•April 9, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Yes, indeed!  It’s that time of the year and I need to free up space for new work so I’m having a sale on select items in my Etsy shop.  I have a huge selection of tutorials on sale from 20% – 35% off the original price!  Here are just a few…the “Exotic Blossoms” Bracelet, “Bedazzled Spiral Cuff”, “Six Petal Bloom”, “Cleo’s Serpent Hoops” Drop Earrings”, “Anemone on Coral” Ring, and there are many more…just look for SALE! as the first word of a listing!

How about kits?  Yes, I have a few on sale!  If you’ve been tempted to try your hand at  polymer clay, my “Easy and Elegant Polymer Clay Beads” kit is a great way to get started!  Do you enjoy bead embroidery?  Then check out my “Sea Garden” and “Six Petal Bloom” Bead-Embroidered Brooch kits…each kit contains a one-of-a-kind handmade resin cabochon plus Delicas, seed beads, a beautiful selection of Swarovski flat back rhinestones and freshwater pearls, beading foundation, leather backing, pin back and glue.  These kits include a handy 3” x 5” travel tin!  And I’m offering free shipping on these kits!  There are limited quantities available…get one before they’re gone!

Call Me Happy!

•April 7, 2019 • 2 Comments

This one’s a keeper…I love, Love, LOVE this necklace!  Measuring 5mm, 10mm, and 15mm, each wire-worked bead cluster is separated by 20mm curved links of sterling silver.  A symphony of brilliant and subtle colors in abstract pattern, the necklace almost sings when worn against the backdrop of a black top!  And since my wardrobe is primarily black, I definitely will be wearing this necklace a lot!   And it will pair so well with Painterly Globe Drop Earrings!   I can’t imagine ever wearing mass-produced jewelry.  For me, art jewelry is the only way to go!

On A Roll…

•March 30, 2019 • 2 Comments

During the past two weeks, I’ve been busy creating polymer clay components and have amassed a good-sized collection of beads, several of which I’ve used in drop earrings.  Making beads is such a zen-inducing activity and it’s a good way to once again get a feel for working with polymer clay.  The beads shown in the above neckpiece graduate in size from 16mm to 26mm.  Each bead sports a colorful patchwork motif and is separated by smaller disk-shaped spacer beads.  I can’t wait to start on the next polymer clay project!

Crazy Eyes!

•March 22, 2019 • 2 Comments

I simply could not resist these eyeglass frames!  Besides being a necessity for aging eyes, I consider eyeglasses a fashion accessory and an artsy pair such as these are just so much fun!  The squared half of the glasses has slightly rounded corners while the other lens is distinctly round.  They are certainly a conversation piece causing people to do a double take to make sure they are seeing correctly!  Of course, I had to make a new pair of earrings to wear with them and I couldn’t stop at just one pair!  Having spent several days this week playing with polymer clay, I made a painterly collection of 14mm beads that pair perfectly with the long sterling silver-plated stainless steel ear wires!  Each pair of earrings is one-of-a-kind, very lightweight and comfortable to wear.  Measuring 2″ in length, they swing and sway with wild abandon!  I love them and think you will too!  You can find these “Painterly Globe Drop Earrings” in my Etsy shop!

What’s On My Work Table?

•March 19, 2019 • 2 Comments

There’s a riot of color here!  I’ve been very busy this past week making one-of-a-kind polymer clay cabochons that I’ll bezel with sterling silver to be used in brooch designs. And I’ve been making beads…lots of beads! I plan to combine them with sterling accents in bracelets and necklaces. The scrap clay “painting” (shown in the center) that these are made of is dwindling in size, but it has gone a long way!  Last year I was into Polymer clay earrings (several are shown at the right side of the photo) that were inspired by the cut out work of Henri Matisse and I think cut outs made with scrap clay paintings would be very interesting indeed!  Stay tuned for finished pieces to come!


•March 14, 2019 • 2 Comments

Amazing what one can do with scrap polymer!  Having accumulated a plethora of scrap pieces of clay over the years, I threw some on top of a sheet of white polymer and rolled it through my Dream Machine.  Then I added several small pieces and snakes of blue and red clay in strategic areas and ran the clay through the machine again.  Finally, I did some rough sketches with felt tipped markers and rolled the sheet of clay super thin (about two playing cards in thickness) that I can use as veneer over beads.  The sheet is approximately 4” x 4”.  I love modern art and frankly, can envision this as a small framed piece.  But, I think I’ll just use tiny pieces at a time and make components for a wildly fun necklace!  Or maybe a brooch or two.  Or earrings or a bracelet?  So many choices!

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