Monday, December 13, 2010

Art sheet and copper - Sold

These beads were made with left over polymer clay mixed media art sheet The colors in them just needed to be highlighted with the deep wine brown rattail cord, rich copper beads and spacers and copper findings. I hand rolled the beads to give them that handmade, natural organic look. I forgot to take a photo of the  wire cord end finding I also made with copper wire. I used a bought lobster clasp.  I sold this set at school.  the teacher was looking for something bold and I suggested this necklace and earring set.  She said it looked like it would be too heavy so I told her to pick it up and she was surprised at how light it was.  She loved it and bought it right away.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Jewelry sale

It's been a long time since my last blog; I've been busy with choir practices at school and singing with the choirs at church and senior's residences and of course my piano students.  I've also been getting ready with my jewelry for a party at my home on Friday, the 10th and a display at the school Friday morning.
I had really good sales and I'm pleased.  People thought I had a wide variety and something for everyone. I sold beaded jewelry and polymer clay jewelry. They also thought my jewelry tags were very professional. Now I can relax a day or two and get the cookies baking with my children.  I'm accompanying the school choir again for a mass follwed by a little concert and carolling in the parish hall on Tuesday and the school/parents carol sing-a-long on Friday 17th , the last day of school.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Jungle Fever

This was a very exciting project for me. I made this necklace for the 'Jungle Fever' Competition in the Canadian Beading Magazine. There are three techniques in this necklace.The faux bone  and carved drum beads  are handmade by me from polymer clay. The pendant is in brick stitch. It was a challenge to build a circular brick stitch around the faux bone disc bead. The pendant gives the necklace an exotic touch. I used greenish, brown ceramic beads and added the shell leaves in green and brown for foliage, the 'drum' beads making it 'wild' and 'feverish' - Jungle Fever. For the earrings, I flattened the ends of the steel wire and used them as head pins- the flattened end gives it a tribal /jungle look.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Making my own jewelry findings

Tried making my own clasps.  You can see the progression here.  The little hook on the right did not come out exactly the right size. I'm pleased with the hook and clasp on the left. These clasps are made with  hammered copper wire I must say I had a hard time turning the little loop at the end of the hook (I tried it on the middle hook and clasp) So I just tilted the end of the hook in the one on the left; It was a bit easier on my wrists.

Blend 'n Switch Earrings

I meant to post this earlier but somehow got to other projects.  The blend and switch technique is such a fun technique; it looks like a colorful jigsaw puzzle and like stained glass ( I love both doing gigantic jigsaw puzzles and stained glass!) This is a combination of two techniques. I  used  the  rainbow blend .  To get the jigsaw effect I followed blend n switch technique . The big shapes just seemed to go with this design. I put a thin layer of Judikins resin.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fall pendant

Made this pendant for my daughter and gave it to her on Thanksgiving.  It's adjustable; I strung it on a simple black rattail cord and I added a copper bead to highlight the warm fall tones in the maple leaf. 
Check this technique Faux Dichroic Glass

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Dichroic swirly pendant

This pendant turned out really colorful. It's the Faux dichroic technique .I used a swirly texture sheet and strung it on rattail cord with a silver spacer bead and made it an adjustable necklace.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Website problems!

Trying to set up the online store and still haven't managed to do it. it's so confusing but I don't want to get it done professionally, too expensive and can't afford that now.  Has anyone set up an online shop?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Great shopping!

I had a super shopping trip at Michaels;  everything on sale today.  I saved the 40% off coupon and used it to buy alcohol  inks; I have quite a few colors by now.  Got myself some stamps form the $1.50 bin and a couple of really great ones that were 40% off.  Clay was on sale 2 for $ 4.00. I did not get my music stamp- will have to try again!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Shades of Fall

I love the fall colors, so warm and rich!  I tried to get my polymer clay leaves to look like the fallen autumn leaves.  I still have some work on them, sanding, antiquing and  putting findings.  I followed Cindy Lietz's leaf tutorial

Monday, October 11, 2010

Been workin with polymer clay

I haven't posted in a while .  Just find that to post and get jewelry completed along side teaching is sometimes really hard.  However, I have been playin with clay and have actually got a few items done.  I've done some resin work, art sheet jewelry, some leaf earrings and pendant,  some beads and also a few pendants to give my daughters at Thanksgiving.  The pendants are an idea I had when my youngest daughter looked at the leaf pendants I've done and said she would prefer to have a leaf in a stone. I also did a last minute rush order of a necklace for my friend ( for her son's wedding)  so I have been really busy and will post photos as soon as I've finished up the pieces.

Monday, September 27, 2010

I'm a new member of Artisans Jewelry Designers Ltd

Check out this page; I've just become a member.  It's a place where artisans & jewelry designers meet and share their views, photos etc.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mixed media art sheet technique

I'm so loving this technique. It's fun to do and lots of possibilities.  I just made some pendants, earrings and beads with the left over pieces of the sheet.  Go to  Polymer Clay artist and tutor Cindy Lietz' site to take a peek at this technique. 


I've just completed a batch of pendants and earrings using Easy Cast Resin.  Found it's a bit messy as you have to keep pouring from one container to the other.  Also it pulled away from the edges so i need to redo the edges.  i did not have any other problem; no bubbles, it degassed well. You don't need an oven for this resin.  Will hopefully post photos tomorrow.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Easy Cast Resin on polymer clay pendant

I'm experimenting with Easy Cast resin I had bought from Michaels on a couple of blue morpho butterfly wing pendants.  So far I've tried Ultra Dome and Judikins Flux Enameling Resin.  Will post the photos when they're done.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Natasha bead

This is a 'Natasha bead' invented by Natasha.  The great thing about it is that it turns out different every time - a one of a kind original bead.  It's kind of magical.  The patterns that emerge look quite intricate but it is actually just scraps of  left over polymer clay lumped together.  You can't really plan a design , just maybe move the clay bits around when you smoosh them together. It ends up having a mirror image on each surface of the bead.  It's like an abstract  painting, the colors flowing and blending and falling into their own pattern. I still have to sand and buff this bead.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Blend and switch earrings completed

Yesterday I put on the jump rings for the blend and switch.  had a bit of a mishap with the Judikins resin.  The hole was too small for the jumpring, so I tried to make it bigger.  The resin around the hole cracked.  I had to peel it off and reapply it. Will post the photo in a day or two.  I still have to finish the other set - the triangular pendant and earring set.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Funky Heart

Mokume Gane  a Japanese technique is a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns.
I made this mokume gane necklace and earring set in polymer clay taught by Cindy Lietz  simulated mokume gane in polymer clay .  I used the colors I had and I thought purple and fuchsia go together well and so do purple and orange. I added silver leaf and black and some translucent to fill up the holes and when i ran it through the pasta machine, the silver leaf broke up into tiny bits and it turned out completely different. My daughters loved it – they said it was cool and funky. I added the alexandrite crystals to the necklace along with a silver bead which had a texture similar to the flecks of silverleaf in the heart. The alexandrite I found, is a beautiful violet in the sunshine but with indoor lighting it takes on a bluish hue. I gave this set to my youngest daughter Steph.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Brilliant fall colors

 I love the colors on this pendant and earring set and have decided to keep this for myself. It's the alcohol ink, crackled effect. My son loved it and said it looked like the colors of fall.

alcohol effects on crackled gold leaf

Friday, August 27, 2010

Faux Agate

Agate is a hard stone,within the range of 7-9 on the Mohs scale. Agates are found in all colors of the
rainbow.  Agate is a type of chalcedony.  It's formed from layers of quartz. That is how it has varicolored bands.  It occurs usually as veins or nodules. There are a variety of unusual banded and scenic markings.
Tiny quartz crystals from within the stone thus adding to the beauty of the stone. These crystals are called drusy.  Thes drusys are often cut from the agate as used as cabochons or a stone itself.
There are a variety of agates; moss agate, plume agate, eye agate, lacy agate, banded agate, brecciated agate, botswana agate, fire agate, crazy lace agate, moss agate, rainbow aggate, picture agate,tree agate and many more. Agate is found all over the world; Asia, Africa, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Nepal, Mexico and USA.

Polymer clay is so versatile and has the ability to be made to look like real stones too.  These are faux agates made from polymer clay faux agate beads I have yet to use them in a design.  I think i will be using some copper findings; it will highlight the stone.

To read more about agates

Some beautiful pictures of agates

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Faux Dichroic

I made this pendant with the faux dichroic glass technique.  It was so much fun.  I have done actual fused dichroic glass and it's beautiful but with this I could eliminate cutting glass, grinding it and using the hot kiln! Polymer clay is so amazing!!! I used a stamp for the design and Judikins fluxe enameling resin. I think I would have got a more domed effect using Ultra dome. I used a cord and made it an adjustable necklace. If you'd like to learn about this technique check it out here faux dichroic glass

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Blue morpho butterfly cane pendant

Just got back from NY.  We had a really fabulous trip.  This pendant was made with some left over cane from the blue morpho butterfly cane tutorial. Here's the link to the tutorial for you to check out. blue morpho butterfly cane
I think I should have gone a bit longer with the skinner blend , got it a bit more blended. quick tear drop skinner blend
However, I quite like how it turned out.  The pearly blues and green has quite a pretty lustre.  I baked sanded and buffed it and then used Judikin's Fluxe Enameling Resin. It's in powder form and easy to use but can be a bit messy.  I only have a small bottle of Ultra Dome Resin so I used the Judikins resin

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Art Pendant

This pendant is actually made from left over clay.  I had some black clay and wanted to try out the face push molds. I had some left over bits of the colored textured clay that I used for a pendant which is at the moment in a competition.  I cut the left overs in a kind of tapered shape and curled it around the face. All the joinings are visible and I couldn't smmoth it over because it would take away the design so I used a tool to push in circles along the seams and I liked the effect; kind of decorative.  I sanded it a bit and buffed and varnished it. They don't have these face molds anymore, I heard the company has discontinued some of the face molds; they had some nice ones.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Blend and Switch technique

This is the latest technique I've tried.  I made two long oval shapes for earrings and I really liked the shape Cindy showed us so I tried a pair of earrings with that shape too and a pendant.  It's just baked and not sanded or finished in any way.  I quite enjoyed doing it .  I loved the rainbow blend and this time I got the skinner blend right! The bold shimmery colors and huge shapes remind me of the 60's,with its bright and neon colors and go-go flowers. I'm going to wait till I receive my micro mesh pads to sand; my arms are too sore and since I'm doing physio, I don't want to aggravate it. In the meantime if you'd like to take a sneak peek at this technique video check this out blend and switch technique

Sunday, August 8, 2010

polymer clay

I finally got down to some claying today. Finished with theory lessons and exams.  Practicals still to go this week then I'm done for the summer.  I'm looking forward to a relaxing two weeks, NY and some more claying.  I did a huge Natasha bead and a pendant and matching earrings using the new technique we learned this week 'Blend and Switch'.  Check out this technique at blend and switch technique
 I still have to sand it but I'm waiting for my micromesh pads to arrive.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Beaded jewels

I've finally done it! Yay!!!  Thank you Brenda for spending so much time trying to help me sort it out.  My link to the 'Beaded Jewels' page is on the right of my Polymer blog page. Do check it out.

Friday, August 6, 2010

I haven't written for a couple of days.  Have been teaching - music exams. Theory exams today and tomorrow and practicals next week.
I've also been working on adding another page; I've kind of set it up but I think I've not got it quite right.  Trying all sorts of ways and I'm so frustrated!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Shocking Pink! - sold

Shocking Pink!  This necklace was made using the faux smooth raku beads and the faux deep crackle effect beads.  I thought it would be nice to combine them and I added the deep pink glass cubed shaped beads to set off the color in the tube beads.  The crackle tube beads have pale pinks. shocking pinks, and mauves and blues.  I decided to give this necklace a chunky look.  I used black steel wire and did messy wrap loops. i really love how the colors look together. To check out this technique of wire wrapping

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Faux Raku technique beads

The 'Raku' technique has its origins in Japan.  The word 'Raku' meands 'enjoyment' or 'pleasure'. Raku pottery ware was produced expressively for the elablorate Japanes tea ceremony.  The clay is first shaped and then fired in a kiln for a longer time at a higher temperature. The first firing is called a 'bisque firing'.  It is then glazed and fired a second time at a lower temperature.  It develops a porous look.  The special low fire glaze gives it thos brilliant colors so special to Raku. Raku is a process of taking the pottery while still glowing, red hot and placing them in combustible materials like dried leafs, wood, sawdust, etc.  A carbonization process or reduction process begins when the red hot pot ignites the combustible material. It is then covered so a really smoky atmosphere is created.  Any unglazed part of the pot absorbs the smoke and turns black.  Due to the extreme temperature change, a cooling down occurs causing 'crazing' or 'cracking' on the glazed surfaces of the pot.  Because of the intense heat, the pot is covered with soot. The next step is cleaning. The pot has to be thoroughly scrubbed.  the result is a stunning, beautiful work of art which has an earthy, rustic quality.  Raku is used today not only in making pottery - bowls, plates, decorative art pieces, vases but has found its way into jewelry as beautiful, brilliant beads and pendants.
Polymer clay with its extreme versatility can be made to look like glass, porcelain, bone, ivory, wood, leather, semi precious stones and with different techniques various textures and effects can be obtained.
The first photo are beads made with the faux smooth raku technique.  I used polymer clay and alcohol inks and mica powders on textured beads. To see this video go to
The second photo are some tube beads made with the faux deep crackle raku technique

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Monday, July 26, 2010

closeups of the faux bone beads

Closeup pictures of the faux bone beads taught by Cindy Lietz faux bone technique

The first photo are the spacer beads, the second picture is of the drum beads and the last one are pipe beads.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Faux bone beads

Some faux bone beads I made following Cindy Lietz's tutorial on faux bone technique. The long beads are pipe beads and the larger round ones are drum beads. I used the drum beads in a necklace I designed for a competition. The little ones are spacer beads. The beads are sanded really well and then antiqued to give it that really aged , antique look and they feel warm and satiny smooth to the touch. If you would like to learn this technique visit

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Keepsake flower petal bead earrings

Another pair of earrings with round shaped beads made for the teacher too.

Friday, July 16, 2010

flower petal inclusion earrings

I made these earrings for my daughter to match the pendant. I used copper findings and a burgundy colored pearl to set off the colors in the beads. The beads are hand rolled as I wanted it to have a really natural look.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Flower Petal Inclusion Pendant

This pendant was made with polymer clay and dried rose petals from the bouquet of yellow/orange roses my daughter Stephanie received from her teacher. The copper swirl and coil add a flowing line to the pendant and sets of the colors.
To see this technique taught by Cindy Lietz, polymer clay artist and tutor go to