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This weekend I gave a talk to my haiku friends about my jewelry making design process. I compared the moment when I “see” (feel) a haiku moment to the moment when I KNOW that I am going to make a piece of polymer clay jewelry. As I prepared for the talk I realized that the moments were essentially similar.

In both Haiku Moments and Design Moments I have a deep visceral sensation. I connect with a reality outside of time. I am flooded with a pervasive sense of calm. I sense the presence of the numinous, the sacred. I am in a reverberating silence. The spiritual restlessness that called me is stilled. The splits that plague ordinary time are stilled. Thought, feeling and body sensation are one.

I showed about 40 pieces of my Polymer Clay Jewelry and shared a haiku that “went” with the jewelry, in one of its dimensions.

Traditionally, a Haiga is a photo or a painting which is presented with a haiku. In this case the haiku is presented with a piece of jewelry which was inspired by the same sort of process as the haiku moment was.

I was sitting next to the current Haiku Society of America President, an old friend. When I finished my presentation he said that he wished I had gone on for another hour, talking about my pieces and passing them around.

Today I learned that a former President of HSA, who was sitting across the wide table from me, had turned to his left and said to another haiku friend, “She should do a book of these”.

I am not ready to write another book, but I did create a Pinterest board with about 40 of my jewelry pieces paired with haiku.

I hope you will visit:

http://www.pinterest.com/susanddelaney/jewelry-haiga/

It will probably only take 3-5 minutes to see them all.

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I learned tonight that polymer clay artist extraordinaire, Lisa Rapp, had included one of my Nelson Mandela Turquoise pendants in her latest Etsy Treasury.

I created Nelson Mandela Turquoise to honor the life and work of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa. I made the faux turquoise in the colors of the South African flag, which signify unity. I used opaque and metallic polymer clay to make it.

Lisa Rapp is an amazing, versatile polymer clay artist. You can see her work at:

http://www.higirls.etsy.com

Check out the items in the top row. Three of them have placed in the Polymer Clay Artists of Etsy Challenges.

Lisa’s Treasury, “Feels Like Fall”, can be seen here:

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/ODk1NzgzOXwyNzIyNTM5Nzkx/feels-like-fall

Lisa has gathered together sixteen Etsy items that evoke the feeling of fall.

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I am a member of the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy. This month’s challenge was “Tribal”. I created Nelson Mandela Turquoise to make this necklace; some of the other pieces of Nelson Mandela Turquoise were made from the leftovers from this project.

Nobel Prize winner Nelson Mandela is a member of the Tembu Tribe of South Africa. Mandela studied law and then dedicated himself to service to his nation. He had 67 years of public service all told. Mandela’s work was about Peace and Reconciliation.

The Nelson Mandela Turquoise is made in the colors of the South African flag: black, navy, red and green, which symbolize unity.

The necklace has seven beads of Nelson Mandela Turquoise, two “black lava” beads, twelve antique gold polymer clay spacers and hundreds of  “coconut husk” disks created from a mix of brown, black and antique gold polymer clays.

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Today is Nelson Mandela International Day, his 95th birthday. To honor the 67 years of public service of this Nobel laureate we are invited to spend 67 minutes volunteering today.

I decided to make some Beads of Courage for my 67 minutes. Because I will miss my polymer clay guild’s workshop on Saturday, which will teach about spiral beads, I decided to make some spiral beads from a little pile of scrap clay that I had on hand.

Swirling the clay under a glass plate was very soothing. I am tickled at how the beads turned out.

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The Nelson Mandela Turquoise that I made recently, also from polymer clay, continues to get kind and generous comments. You can read some of them here:

http://www.jewelrymaking.craftgossip.com/beautiful-necklace-in-honor-of-nelson-mandela/2013/07/04/

So, if it feels right, get out there (or in there, like I did) and give back to the world today, 67 minutes.

Mandela’s contribution to our world was in the area of reconciliation. If you can’t give 67 minutes of time to your favorite charity, consider reconciling with someone today.

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I have been creating Faux Turquoise this week. As Nelson Mandela lies critically ill I decided to create a Faux Turquoise from Polymer Clay to honor him, his life and his accomplishments.

I selected the colors of the South African flag: black, gold, red, green and navy blue for Nelson Mandela Turquoise.

I made several pendants. All are available on my Etsy shop, LadyFlowersbySusan. (http://ladyflowersbysusan.etsy.com).

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Every piece of turquoise is different and every piece of Nelson Mandela Turquoise is different. I mixed up literally hundreds of pieces of clay to create Nelson Mandela Turquoise from Polymer Clay.

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I also made some beads from the clay. I have been working on a Tribal Necklace for next month’s Challenge of the Polymer Clay Artist’s Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE). I am going to use Nelson Mandela Turquoise in the necklace I submit as my entry in the competition next month.

In a few days I will be inviting you to vote for my entry for this month’s challenge, which is a pink Bottle of Hope, a gift for a cancer patient.

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