I hand-form every piece of polymer clay jewelry. All colors are original colors of clay,
there is no paint applied. I use several techniques including caning, engraving, weaving,
layering, and many others for which I don’t have names. I add beads and wires to
complement clay work. Ear wires and wires are sterling silver; necklaces are either
sterling silver, 49 strands stainless steel Beadalon, or rubber.
It was a fund raising activity for my temple that got me into playing with polymer clay in
2004. It was a long story with some twists and turns. In 2007 I opted to do art/craft
full time. I used to work as an environmental researcher in Oak Ridge, TN, so you know
I glow in the dark!
Polymer is durable when handled properly. It should be kept from pointed or sharp
objects that may scratch or cut the surface. It is flexible to a certain degree and is
unlikely to break (but not impossible) when dropped. A long period of exposure to
alcohol may do some damages to polymer, hence it's better to put the jewelry on after
spraying hair products and perfume. I have never done anything special to clean the
polymer except rinsing it with water when it starts collecting dust.
Sterling silver will require polishing over time to keep the bright shiny look. Keeping
them in zip lock bags will help slowing down the tarnishing process.
Cables are stainless steel coated with nylon. The stainless steel won't change color,
but the nylon might. After wearing it might be good to clean the cable from sweat,
body lotion, etc. I use 49 strands stainless steel cable. It's the best quality of its
kind. You can coil them without any problem, but don't pinch them or it'll kink.
|Saul Bell Design Awards, Finalist, 2019
Polymer Journey, 2016, 2019
1000 Beads, Lark Book, 2014
Niche Awards 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016