Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Polymer Clay Florida Sea Shell Charm Bracelet

My new Sea Shell Charm bracelet was inspired by the colors of Florida Scallop Shells & Jingle Shells. Their luscious orange shades range from a vibrant sunny orange to a delicate sheer peach & pastel melon tones. I incorporated real shells, as well as my handmade polymer clay beads & some iridescent freshwater pearls. When worn the bracelet makes a soft jingling sound, reminiscent of shells washing up on the beach in the surf!

One of my favorite spots in Florida are the sugar white beaches of the West Coast. If you like to gather shells, this is one of the best places to find some real treasures! My husband & I love to take the boat down to Venice Beach, it's loaded with so many different varieties of shells & some great prehistoric shark's teeth as well! I especially like to hunt for Jingle Shells! I am fascinated by their colors, iridescence & the characteristic Jingling sound they make

Jingle Shells or "Mermaids Toenails"
Jingle shells are small, translucent, shells. They are practically flat and it's possible to wonder if they are a shell or something else.
Actually the jingle shell is a clam-shell. They are generally 1 or 2 inches in width and come in various colors such as black, yellow, white and orange.
Petite Pillow Beads

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Polymer Clay Baroque Earrings

Brand New Polymer Clay Baroque Earrings feature sea foam freshwater pearls & Swarovski Crystals in a rich teal color.
As you can see from the side view, the earrings have the look of rippling waves or glistening water droplets!

I just completed these earrings called Morning Dew, the colors are a mix of grass green, olive, aqua & watery turquiose. These are some of my favorite colors together, they remind me of a walk in the woods in the early morning, when the dew is still on the blades of grass & the delicate spider-webs are visible as a blanket of sparkling lace.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Polymer Clay Handmade Watercolor Round Earrings

My Watercolor Round Earrings are stylish & eye-catching, just right for the long hot days of summer!
I created the cane used for these earrings by combining left-over ends, (I save everything!) a series of stacked skinner blends from another cane. I never expected them to be so popular. Next time, I'll take photos, so I remember exactly how I mixed the colors & assembled the cane.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Leaping Lizards

Polymer Clay Lizard Cuff Bracelet
We live in a tropical climate on the West Coast of Florida & our yard & patio is crawling with these little creatures. They inspired me to create this Lizard Cuff bracelet.  Some people call them Geckos or Skinks. My favorite's are the Green Anoles or Chameleons. They get their name from their ability to change their skin color to suit their environment. The more common Brown Anoles were brought here from the Bahamas & Cuba. I love to watch the males as they puff their orange throat flap in & out. Our dog Teddy loves to chase them around the pool deck, I have to watch him so he doesn't catch any!
 This bracelet was made using Kato black clay. I chose Kato clay for it strength & durabilty, so the bracelet would hold up to taking it on & off. I used Pearl-X powders for the lizard's iridescent skin, his eyes are flat Swarovski crystals.  
                                                        My little lizardy inspirations

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Tea for Two- Polymer Clay Teapots

Tea for Two...What I call my Recycling Craft is another one of my polymer clay based obsessions. Finding crafty uses for burned out light-bulbs that would otherwise be discarded. Every one I know collects their old light-bulbs for me & I'm getting a huge stash of all shapes & sizes! Who isn't charmed by a tiny tea set? Toddlers to Grandmas, find them fun to play with & collect. My mini 2.5" teapot with matching cups reminds me of the whimsical style of Mary Engelbreit. She is known for her greeting cards & classic children's book illustrations.

"If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. "
Mary Engelbreit  
Here are a few of her teapot illustrations, she is well-known for her cherries & flowers:)

These 2 teeny-weeny teapots are only an 1.5" tall & are made from night-light bulbs! The lids are removable & the pots will hold water. The light-bulb screw base was broken off by tapping it at the base with a butter knife handle. I hope you like my little teapots!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Polymer Clay Denim Blue Pod Bracelet

This Stone-washed Pod Bracelet really came about quite by accident. Late one night, I was trying to create a new cane out of a blue skinner blend, I tried stacking them on top of each other, smooching them a bit & wha-la! the Pod bead was created. Then, I made the small faux-cork beads in a golden color with an antiqued Burnt Umber glaze. The textured wobbly disc beads, in mossy green & midnight blue, were sprinkled with faux carrera marble dust to add to the natural look. The finishing touches were the natural Jade semi-precious stone beads, with their time-worn look! I think the bracelet has a whimsical style. It is strung on clear elastic cording. I also made matching earrings.
Another version of the Pod Bracelet is this Cymbidium Orchid with Grape pod beads & semi-precious stones.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Polymer Clay Forever Blue Necklace

Brand New  Forever Blue  Flowers & Ferns polymer necklace. I designed this piece to be fun & flirty ! The stone-washed denim blue hues look great with jeans & a casual tee or for evening wear with a strapless cocktail dress. 
Created using my new polymer clay cane in shades of Midnight Blue, Stonewashed Blue & Periwinkle, featuring a sheer, translucent edge. The delicate flowers are finished with a smooth macro-sparkle coating. Strung on stainless jewelry wire with stainless closure.