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One of my Polymer Clay pendants was featured in an Etsy Treasury this morning.

I am so honored.

Beth Petricoin of Etsy’s Create My World shop created an Etsy Treasury of items which contained the pendant above. Beth called her Treasury Pure Beauty.

See this pendant and other gorgeous polymer clay items at:

You can also visit Beth’s wonderful shop at She has some amazing items.


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This is my entry for this month’s Challenge by the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy.

Our theme this month is “based on a book or story”. I chose to portray the waterfalls in the Elves homeworld in Middle Earth, Rivendell.

I made the pendant from one of my signature translucent Stroppel canes, this time in watery blue. Each chain is attached to the back of the pendant with a tiny armature and then passes through a tunnel to the front.

I had a lot of fun making this pendant. It is a hoot to wear.

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I decided to enter the August Art Bead Scene Challenge.

We were to interpret a painting by Rufino Tamayo, created in 1970.

The painting, “Tres Personajes” has three shadowy human figures and several areas of strong horizontal lines.

Red and Purple predominate in the painting.

I chose birches to echo the horizontal lines in the painting and to echo the three people in the work. I grouped two of them close together, at a distance from the mysterious third.

I had a blast creating this. I can’t wait for next month’s challenge. The winners are chosen by random lot, probably because all of the entries are fantastic.

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Today I learned that my “Patriotic” entry in the Polymer Clay Central July Challenge was a third place winner in the competition. Here it is:


This theme meant a lot to me. My first grandfather in this country led a band of soldiers from Hagerstown, MD to fight with General Washington at Valley Forge. Seven of the other men in that unit are also ancestors of mine.

This piece is one of my signature translucent Stroppel canes, made from two different canes, one Stars, one Stripes. I used a technique I learned in a Lynda Moseley tutorial to create the amazing translucency of this piece.

I wasn’t allowed to show it anywhere on the internet until today.

I’ll be posting it on my Etsy shop tonight.

I am grateful to all of the PCC readers who voted for my piece!

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This week I had the incredible honor of having a lovely Pinterest follower of mine, Nanette, pin TWO of my pendants to her board, Artists That Inspire. Here are the pendants she pinned:



I am so honored that she has been inspired by my work!

Today I want to share with you an Artist That Inspires Me, Polymer Clay Artist Jill Kollmann. Jill is a fellow member (and an officer) of the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy, PCAGOE. Jill, in addition to being a fantastic polymer clay artist, was so kind to me when I joined PCAGOE and struggled with the software needed to register.

Jill lives in Orange County, CA and is a member of the Orange County Polymer Clay Guild. She creates stunning focals and beads, mostly floral, for her shop.

Here is one example of her gorgeous work:


You can see this and her other work at her Etsy shop jkollmann:

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Yesterday I had a half day off. I tried and failed to make opal cabochons that pleased me.

When dusting off my Pinterest boards last night, I came across a photo of a fossil, Opalized Snakeskin in Boulder Opal.


I got up this morning and reworked the opal clay that I’d made yesterday. I chose a lively red clay for the remnants of the snakeskin, just like the original fossil has.

The attitude of the scientist is perfect humility toward the laws of Nature and a patient determination to learn them whatever the cost.

I have an attitude of patient determination toward learning to make wonderful polymer opal cabochons. It didn’t happen yesterday, but I made some wonderful opal in fossilized snakeskin today. It is a good beginning.

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I entered this pendant in the Polyform Facebook July Challenge. The theme was Rose Gold.

I have won a selection of Polyform products as my prize.

I am so humbled and honored. The other entries were so fine.

I use Polyform’s Premo polymer clay for almost all of my work. The clay is easy to work with and cures to a very strong state.

I made this pendant from the trimmings of the beads for my Cherry Blossom necklace. I created a translucent Stroppel cane, based on the innovative techniques of Alice Stroppel.

This clay must be magic. The Cherry Blossom necklace was featured on Craft Gossip and now the derivative pendant has won a wonderful prize.

My friend, Archana Lyer, also of the North Texas Polymer Clay Guild, won the prize for her jewelry last month. I am grateful to her for encouraging me to enter this contest.

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