Category Archives: Polymer Clay Artist’s Guild of Etsy
Three of my Blossom Necklaces have been featured in Etsy Treasuries.
The first is my Pear Blossom Necklace. It is made of translucent polymer clays and evokes pear blossoms blown by March winds.
You can see Line Lebrecque’s “A Winter’s Tale” Treasury here:
Line is a fine polymer clay artist. Visit her Etsy shop at:
My Plum Blossom Necklace was featured in a second Treasury. It is also made of translucent polymer clays. I’ve filled the middle of the beads with rosy plum clay, which shines through the lenses in the surface clay.
The second treasury, “Pink Meets Gold”, was created by the talented polymer clay artist, Lisa Rapp. It can be viewed at:
Lisa’s Etsy shop is at:
You won’t have any trouble seeing why I call “Caribbean Dive” a Blossom Necklace. It is created with translucent polymer clays.
“Caribbean Dive” was featured in Beth Petricoin’s Treasury, “Going Green for the Holidays”. Beth is a polymer clay artist with astonishing creativity.
See her work at:
I am so honored that these amazing artist’s chose my work to feature in their Treasuries.
You can see my items on my Etsy shop, LadyFlowersbySusan at:
One of my favorite Gingko Pendants and earrings was just Treasured by Lisa Rapp on Etsy.
You can see the Treasury, Falling Leaves, here:
I wore my own blazing red set of these in Santa Fe last week and people in my conference workshop and shop owners had a fit over them. I love to wear them on Pentecost, too.
You can see the Etsy listing for my pendant and earrings here. The price goes up from $49 to $59 this Friday!
Lisa, a talented polymer clay artist, is also an excellent seamstress. Check out the purse she made of heavy decorator fabric, embellished with polymer buttons and a polymer zipper pull. Lisa’s purse has pockets for everything you need. See it here:
It is finally fall here in Texas and I am so grateful!
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:
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:
Lisa has gathered together sixteen Etsy items that evoke the feeling of fall.
My fellow Polymer Clay Artists in the Polymer Clay Artist’s Guild of Etsy have honored my work by awarding me Second Place in the Guild Members voting on our Forest Challenge this month.
I am so humbled by their votes.
I actually tied for second with the great polymer clay artist Jill Kollmann.
It means a lot to me to be selected by my fellow artists! Thanks to all of them.
There was some VERY stiff competition this month!
I’ve just posted my entry for the challenge that will finish in early November. The theme for next time is “Salt and Pepper”. I thought immediately of my grandmother’s cut crystal salt cellars. Each had its own tiny silver spoon with Grandmother’s initial engraved on it. I created a salt cellar and a pepper cellar, and made matching spoons for them. I hope you like them. I hope my fellow artist like them, too.
I’ll be asking you to vote for the salt and pepper cellars in early November!
My Dad was a medical photographer. He told me that the true test of a photographer was whether she could photograph canned spinach on a white plate. Well, photographing these two together was quite a challenge! The salt cellar was all translucent clay with bits of white. The pepper cellar had three shades of dark brown and bits of white. I tried SIX different backgrounds before I was able to make this photo. I had to settle for a great shot of the salt cellar and an OK shot of the pepper cellar.
I wish Dad were here still to help me with the photography!
Yesterday was my first craft show.
I’d picked a one-day craft show at a church for getting my fee wet. It turned out to be a wise and wonderful path. The church, All Saints Lutheran Church in Arlington, TX, was warm and welcoming. The helpers wore huge “Ask Me” badges and huge smiles to match. So many were “encouragers”. One woman, a peppy high school coach who runs marathons, said the most amazing thing to me. When I asked her for another chair for my daughter, she said, “I’d be blessed to get one for you.” How cool is that?
My first sale was to another teacher, this one a veteran of 40 years in the classroom and still loving it. She bought TWO of my higher-end pendant/earring sets!
She fell in love with my verdigris and copper pendant with pearl drops.
She also fell in love with my wasabi/navy gingko and its earrings.
What happened next was magical. My daughter had shopped the whole craft fair, wearing one of my other gingko pendants. She came back and told me that all of the vendors were crazy about it. (NOTE TO SELF: Next time send her around with business cards…) Vendors began to appear at my table, saying that they had to come and see my work. They all said the same thing: “You are an ARTIST!” I cannot convey how wonderful it was to hear that from other artists!
Soon another vendor bought another one of my gingkoes.
Then a vendor bought Rivendell for her daughter who had come by five times to admire it.
Then a vendor bought two pendants. She’d wanted Rivendell but waited too long. So she bought the gingko pendant right off of my daughter’s neck and commissioned me to make another version of Rivendell.
Another vendor kept coming by and touching another pendant/earring set. She liked that it had some glow-in-the-dark clay (I will mention that she kept an Elvis dollar bill in her cashbox, a delightfully wacky woman).
She said she’d come back for it if she made enough to cover it. I gave her one of my 10% discount-if-you-come-back-cards. People kept coming up and fingering “her” pendant. She’d call out to me every time she made a sale how much she had. Finally, seeing someone else very interested in “her” pendant, I walked over and said she could have it for what she’d earned, which, by then, was within $2 of the discounted price. She was thrilled. She came right over and I strung it on some “bug tail” (thin “rat tail”) and she put it right on.
It was exciting and a bit exhausting. I was so glad I chose a church fair for my first one, the helpers and the customers were so very nice.
I learned to send my daughter around with business cards while wearing my jewelry.
I learned to use a 10% discount card if my customer says, “I’ll be back.”
I also learned, glory be, that other artists recognize me as a true artist!
My punchbowl runneth over. I have made another seven pounds of Beads of Courage to send into the Tucson office. (400 beads)
Beads of Courage are presented to very sick kids in 60 hospitals across the US every time they have a needle stick or an x-ray or another procedure. The beads serve as a record of their courageous journey.
I make them from my scrap polymer clay at the end of every clay day.
It is a privilege to serve these kids as they struggle courageously against life-threatening illness, often cancer, but many other conditions as well.
If you make beads, I hope you will visit http://www.beadsofcourage.org and learn how you may serve these precious kids as well.
If you scroll down on this blog you can find a free tutorial on how I use scrap clay to make my beads.