Monday, April 28, 2008

New Work

I'm taking a break from my illustrated transfers and have gone back to my landscape technique using metallic clays and alcohol inks. I love the organic, other-worldly feel to the pieces.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Faux Pebbles

My jewelry tends to be chic and elegant, but I also have a line of down to earth, natural pieces. Yeah, I know that might be a contradiction in terms given that polymer is petroleum based, and like almost all artist materials, is not particularly eco-friendly. On the other hand, I don't drive and have never owned a car, I don't use plastic grocery bags or drink bottled water. I figure that I use a heck of of a lot less petroleum in a whole year of polymer work than the average person uses to fill their tank just one time!

I make my faux pebbles in a variety of natural colors, but tend to prefer the darker shades. The huge advantage of polymer pebbles over the real thing is that they don't weigh anything at all!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Zen time....

I'm starting to get the hang of vessels! It's great fun and a relaxing break from jewelry making. Thanks to Seth Savarick for sharing his techniques - a must-take class for polymer clay aficionados.

And how about those photos? Thanks to
Melanie West for all her tips!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

New Work April 1-15

I'm experimenting with oxidized and textured bezels.

And a new earring design with handmade earwires.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Take a class. Be inspired.

I recently took an awesome class on Japanese inro style containers from master polymer artist SL Savarick and was inspired to start making vessels out of polymer clay. I'm practicing on business card holders, but will soon attempt more complicated construction.

Another class that inspired me was the Boston Handmade knitting workshop. I learned to knit (if you can call my sorry attempt at a scarf knitting), but I also fell in love with Clover bamboo knitting needles. They look wonderful with the ends covered in polymer clay!