Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Amethyst Necklace

Here is another necklace with interesting rough-cut stones.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Faux Raku

I've always loved Raku pottery in all its many varieties, but I'm particularly fond of this vase that I've owned for years.  I used it for inspiration in designing this Faux Raku necklace.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Faux Stone Necklaces

These unique polymer clay and sari silk necklaces make quite a statement. The gold crackle suggests seams of pyrite running through the stones which have hints of color. Although the faux stones look like they might be heavy, because they are made of polymer clay, they are actually quite light in weight. The stones are wired together with antiqued copper wire and the same wire is used to bind the ends of the beautifully colored sari silk. A handmade copper clasp or a lobster claw makes secure closures.

I was inspired by and credit must be given to Staci Louise Smith’s tutorial on Craftart.edu for the design ideas and technique for making the faux stones.  I love the fact that the sari silk comes from women’s cooperatives in India and Nepal - the scrap silk doesn’t end up in landfills and the women have a safe place to work and make a living.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Lapis Lazuli and Gold

I love Lapis especially the stones with lots of golden flecks of pyrite running through them.  I saw this fan of rough-cut stones and had to buy them, but then I had to figure out what to make with them.  My solution is this gorgeous necklace composed of the Lapis, blue Sodalite beads, gold-plated filigree beads and a gold-plated clasp.  I really like the rough cut because it emphasizes that these are STONES.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Finally populating my Artfire online shop

I've been lax about blogging and very lax about putting my products up for sale online.  That is changing as of today.  My shop is on Artfire which is an online marketplace similar to Etsy.  I've started out by listing a number of my Jackson Pollock inspired earrings.  You can see them all at

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Crushed Velvet Technique

I've been playing with a polymer clay technique called Crushed Velvet.  It is a mica shift technique where you run the metallic clay through the pasta machine a bunch of times to line up all the mica particles, then you put the sheet of clay through the fettuccini cutter which slices it into little tiny strips.  Then you mush up the strips into a cane. You take a slice of the cane and turn it into a veneer and then make what you want.  You get a 3D effect even though you used only one color of clay.  I made some earrings and a couple of cabochons.  Fun and pretty.

Friday, February 12, 2016

More Pollock inspired earrings

I had another fun day in the studio - incense burning, big band music blaring and paint splattering.