Monday, March 22, 2010

Variations on a Theme - Polymer Clay Adventures

When I wrote last week's post, I had already finished the sculptural pendant featured. To outline my creative process, I cut two more ovals from the kaleidoscope cane to take pictures. The post is written and I'm left with two unfinished oval slices. Time to put 'em to work!

I ordered some rubber buna cord to finish these necklaces. When I have that in my hot little hands, I'll be able to list the pendants for sale.
My friend, Alice Stroppel of Polymer Clay Etc, suggested I try using brass cuff bracelet blanks. I spent this past weekend working on my first cuff.

This was so much fun. Alice has a video showing how to make a polymer clay cover for business card holders. She assured me the process is basically the same for a bracelet. I watched her video and it made the cuff construction easily understandable.

I started the cuff with a base of black clay, on which I laid slices from my latest leaf cane and the gold fan shapes. The background is gold leaf on black clay with a layer of translucent clay on top. After baking, I added a Swarovski crystal button, and some smaller Swarovski flat-back crystals. Pretty! You can find it listed here.

Thanks Alice! More of these are in my future, for sure.

copyright 2010 Shibori Girl


somepinkflowers said...



...and so on!


if photos of these cuffs
do not end up in a magazine
something is wrong
with the world...

EADotCom said...

Kate this is superlative work! Exceedingly well done!

Snap said...

Kate -- my dear, you are amazing! Too beautiful for words.

May I give you a little shout out on my blog?

surfingcat said...

They are both beautiful!

I love the range of shapes and colours and textures.

Beadwright said...

Your art just amazes me. I love everything about it. Color, design, it all comes together.


lori vliegen said...

your new pendant is GORGEOUS, kate.....once you receive your new cord, that won't last long in your etsy shop!!! and speaking of not lasting long.....that bracelet has enough "wow factor" to be gone before you even list it in your shop!!! the very least it needs to be seen on the cover of a major magazine, don't you think?!! xox, :))

Alice Stroppel said...

Beautiful as always, your work is stunning. Glad I could help. And thanks for the link to my video.

Anonymous said...

Your work is stunning! I love the pendant and bracelet. Alice does a wonderful job with her cuff ladies are just too talented for words!

rochambeau said...

YOU are SO greatly creative Kate, especially in the area's that I appreciate the most. It's a joy to see you bring this art to where you have.
Thanks for sharing it here. What a delight to see!


Rubber buna cord? Wow, sounds perfect for that necklace!

Sarah said...

Oh oh oh what stunning work you do!! Wow wow!! I found you through Snap..whom I adore!! Off to look around and visit you Etsy shop!
Wonderful, Sarah

Alice Stroppel said...

I keep getting emails asking about attaching the clay to the bracelet. So I made a quick video.

Thanks, Kate