I rarely wear brooches, but come Fall, I plan to sport my “Autumn Imagined” brooch on a denim jacket.
I was inspired to make this brooch by Jeffrey Lloyd Dever’s bracelet, “Summer’s Opulence.”
The brooch is a project in my Fall Lifetime Learning Institute class. The piece took some time and experimenting to develop, due to the pods. I had to create molds that the clay could be cured on. Then after curing, the mold had to removed without breaking the clay. Among the “molds” I tried were thawed, frozen pearl onions–too squishy; flour/water dough balls–I couldn’t get them to hold a round shape; and, most successfully (don’t laugh), canned garbanzo beans. If you have a better idea, please post it here.
The beads for this Nautilus Bracelet will be the first project in my Fall Lifetime Learning Institute class. (I don’t know why I thought photographing the bracelet on pink would be a good idea. Oh, well.)
The beads are cut in long triangular shapes from a Skinner blend, lightly stamped with ink on each side, and then rolled into the nautilus shape.
This is a sophisticated look that can be achieved by a beginner. The only tricky part is making the bead hole.
I was inspired to make these beads by Ellie Hitchcock whose Nautilus Necklace is pictured in Making Polymer Clay Beads, by Carol Blackburn.
Bargello (say bar-JELL-o) is a timeless pattern with almost universal appeal. Most often seen in textiles, the motif offers abundant possibilities in polymer clay.
We’ll be making this polymer clay brooch & earrings in my Fall Lifetime Learning Institute class.
This belt buckle feautres bargello that began with a Skinner blend.
Her name is Molly McGillicuddy, a rescue cat who shows not one whit of appreciation for her indulgent owner.
Molly is a polymer clay brooch, a project in my Fall Lifetime Learning Institute class. The project features the marbled paper technique & simple eye cane.
His name is Heinrich Garza, a patio pup whose mom was a seductive Schnauzer & dad an overachieving Chihuahua (check the ears) from up the street.
This polymer clay brooch is a project for my Fall Lifetime Learning Institute class. Along with the cat brooch I’ll reveal next week, it features the marbled paper technique & a simple eye cane.
Polymer clay Fiesta Beads
I’ve been wanting to teach polymer clay Fiesta Beads for a long time.
Typically bracelets & necklaces featuring petal-type beads cluster them tightly, but I like to give them some space with seed beads. Each of these beads is unique & deserves attention.
I’m getting ready for my Fall Lifetime Learning Institute class, “Polymer Clay Jewelry,” which will begin Monday, September 12th. The online catalog will post on Friday, August 6th, and print catalogs should be available in the main public library & branches on or about Monday, August 9th.
I’ll be posting photos of all five projects here over the next few weeks.
Birdhouse Timothy Englert
Disclaimer: this week I’m featuring the creativity of my husband, Timothy Englert, who was the Spring class’ teacher’s pet. Who else gets to show up for class with all tools and polymer clay provided? Of course, he did have to schlep supplies and help move tables.
The photo features Tim’s mosaic guitar, “Jeremiah” transfer, and mokume gane boot. This was his first time in my class, but he had some experience in polymer clay as my guinea pig whenever I needed to try out a technique or project before teaching it.
I don’t usually create a six-week class featuring a single project as inevitably some people have to miss a class or two. But I took the chance with the birdhouse project anyway.
So I really have to appreciate Sharon Swander. This class was her first experience with polymer clay. She had to miss two classes so guided by photos of the finished birdhouse, she went online and watched YouTube demos to figure out techniques for finishing her birdhouse.
I’m featuring Evelyn and Martha’s birdhouses together because they worked in tandem from the get-go, sharing a pasta machine, clay, and ideas. When Evelyn missed the first class, Martha pitched in and painted the exposed parts of Evelyn’s wooden birdhouse so she wouldn’t get behind.
These two would often get ahead of me and end up playing with clay. That’s something I encourage.So much about the polymer clay medium comes with exploring and accidents.
Here are some results from Evelyn and Martha’s playtime:
This birdhouse from my Spring Lifetime Learning Institute class is by Jeanne Schmidt. The birdhouse front features a Skinner blend polymer clay veneer with Texas bluebonnets and kite. Look closely, and you’ll see the little bird Jeanne added to the perch.