Tag Archives: Polymer Clay
Art Jewelry Elements ( http://www.artjewelryelements.blogspot.com ) issued a challenge to make jewelry with a firefly theme for June.
I made some drink markers with three-segmented phosphorescent tails, just like real fireflies have. I used Sculpey Glow in the Dark clay for the tail segments.
Here they are in dim light:
I also made eight more, with non-glow-in-the-dark tails, in case I had a big gathering:
Of course, IRL they would go one to a glass.
I had a blast making them. I made three or four every night until all 13 were made. I made a second set for my daughter.
I made an “eye cane” for their eyes and a “wing cane” from translucent clay for their wings. I used “toe ring” sized memory wire for the clips.
I was inspired by some bar flies made some years back by Kim Detmers. Her bar flies were much more varied. All of mine are “beetles”. You can see her current work on Etsy ClaybyKim.
(The Art Bead Scene post is one click down)
Every month Erin Prais-Hintz gives us an amazing design challenge. The challenges have ranged from photos of dragonflies, to short movies and this month: Architecture.
When I saw this building, and the others in the challenge, I knew I had to make earrings with Dinosaur Bone. And not just any Dinosaur Bone, Opalized Dinosaur Bone.
In medical school I learned that the hip bone is “spongy” inside. It is not solid bone but has “trabeculae”, long arches of bone in its spongy core. The arches are virtually identical to the arches architects have used over the centuries to create the supports for cathedrals and for modern buildings like the one above.
If you are a nerd like me, you are going “duh” because the laws of physics apply equally to supporting bone and supporting the roofs of buildings.
Here is an X-ray of a hip bone. The image is reversed, so the bone shows black. Do you see the swooping, curved lines?
Here is a drawing that shows the lines that support the bone:
If you go to http://www.earrings-everyday.blogspot.com and look at all of the photos Erin posted, YOU WILL SEE THESE SAME LINES AND CURVES IN THE LOAD-BEARING WALLS OF EVERY ONE OF THE BUILDINGS in the challenge.
I am in year two of a five year plan to create gorgeous polymer clay opals.
When Erin posted the April Challenge, I had just seen this photo of Opalized Dinosaur Bone and pinned it to my “Opals to Polymerize” Pinterest board.
This fossil is a tiny piece of a dinosaur bone, so you don’t see the swooping lines we’d see if we had an X-ray of the dinosaur’s whole hip bone.
Here are the earrings I made:
I really had fun making these. I created two shades of green opal, two of blue and one of violet. I mixed tiny shreds of these colors into five different color combinations. I wrapped the green ones in Raw Umber Premo and the blue ones in Burnt Umber. If you look closely you can see how this enhanced the natural, organic feel to the piece.
The opal clay sparkles and twinkles just like mineral opal.
I used dyed jade beads as drops below the Opalized Dinosaur Bone. It’s translucency enhances the mineral feel to the earrings.
Here is another shot. The photo finishing to bring up the sparkle of the opal made my hands look a bit blue.
Join me on a trip down memory lane:
This is one of my early pieces, a pendant of Fossilized Dinosaur Bone, in this case the spaces in the spongy bone of the dinosaur filled with the mineral Apatite, Fools’ Gold. This is my interpretation in polymer. I have one of these available to sell. Message me at http://www.susandolphindelaney.etsy.com if you are interested.
This piece, a small pendant, is very dear to me. The green clay is my very first successful batch of opal clay. I’d been playing with a technique which hadn’t worked and I was processing the clay so that I could turn it into Beads of Courage for kids with cancer, and voila, there it was. I had discovered the next step in making beautiful opals from polymer.
This is another pendant, from my second batch of opal clay. I’d seen an amazing fossil: Opalized Snakeskin, in these colors. I had to try to make it.
Thanks for following my journey.
I am so grateful to Erin for creating these challenges. I always enjoy them, but I must say the deep nerdyness involved in this one kept a grin on my face the whole time I worked.
Art Bead Scene offers a painting each month as a prompt to create beads and jewelry.
The painting this month is Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, painted by Frida Kahlo in 1940.
So many of Kahlo’s paintings focus on her physical suffering as a result of terrible injuries in a bus accident.
Instead of the suffering I chose to focus on Frida as an Artistic Goddess and created beads and then earrings derived from the Jaguar in the painting. I call the beads Eye of the Jaguar Goddess Beads.
I used my emerald Opal polymer clay and layered it with black and translucent black polymer to create the Eye of the Jaguar Goddesses. They shimmer and reflect light like mineral opals. I topped them with a pair of emerald shaped vintage beads collected in Santa Fe, NM. The pale emerald beads sing with the opal clay.
Here are the earrings:
I am so grateful to Art Bead Scene ( http://www.artbeadscene.blogspot.com ) for these monthly challenges. I grow so much as an artist as I respond to the challenges.
A few days ago a woman found my Aurora Australis earring disks on Etsy and wrote to me.
She is a spinner of wool and wanted me to make her a diz* that looked like my earring disks. Many emails ensued and today I made her the diz at the top of this post.
I textured the top of the diz with a mold I’d made from a Malaysian palm and after curing, painted it with iridescent paints and cured it again.
*A diz is a curved disk with small holes in it. It is used to select the longest fibers from a mass of wool fibers, so that they the long fibers can be spun into a strong yarn.
Here is the back of her diz:
The diz is 2 1/2″ across and 1/4″ thick. I left the back very plain so that no paint would rub off on the wool.
I look forward to hearing from her about how it works for her.
Are you feeling at the end of your rope?
My dear, late friend Fr. Al Durrance used to say this: God can always be found at the end of your rope.
Al had been in the healing ministry for 56 years when he passed last July. He brought me into that ministry in 1994 and I have been privileged to see many miracles because he “got” me that day at the National meeting in Ft. Worth. He waived the “entrance” requirements for the Oder of St. Luke the Physician and inducted me on the spot. I think he knew that I would do all of the required things. I did. In fact, I have taught the course on the healing miracles of Jesus eight times already.
I made these earrings from translucent polymer clay that I kissed gently with silver/granite clay and bronze clay. Only the tiniest bit of each.
I made the silicone molds from a statue of St. Francis of Assisi. The mold for the back is just folds of his habit. See below.
I painted the recesses of the clay ovals with a silver paint and the high points with a gleaming micaceous paint.
They are gorgeous. Below you can see the “back” of one on the left.
They are available in my Etsy shop as a special order. I can do them with hints of silver, pale gold, gold, copper or bronze in the clay. I can put in gray mica or gleaming colorless mica. Or both. I can paint the recesses with silver, gold, copper or bronze. I can paint the high spots with a super thin layer of mica in red, orange, blue, green or violet. I can use wires and lever backs to match the metallic color you have chosen to tint the clay body.
I’d be glad to make a pair for you. I can have them ready to ship within three days.
Erin Prais-Hintz of Earrings Everyday (http://earrings-everyday.blogspot.com/2015/01/were-all-ears-january-inspiration.html) gives us a wonderful challenge every month.
This month the challenge was to use the new Pantone colors in earrings.
Here are the new Pantone colors:
Marsalsa is the foundation of the 2015 Pantone Spring/Summer Palate. I used Marsala in the earrings above where I gently marbled together clays in Marsala/copper/Glacier Gray (another color in the current Pantone palette); gold and a translucent black. There is a lot of Premo “gray granite” clay in these earrings. I call them: The Flip Side of Granite.
Pantone’s Glacier Gray plays heavily in these earrings called: “Shades of Silver”. They are very translucent and glow with bands of color when backlit.
Pantone’s Tangerine drew me in. I created these Tequila Sunrise ladies with many shades of translucent tangerine swirled with some mica. I photographed them on a “Mexican beach”. These are also very translucent when backlit.
All are available in my Etsy shop http://www.susandolphindelaney.etsy.com
Yesterday I was photographing some of the lush, female figures that I offer as earring components in my Etsy shop at http://www.susandolphindelaney.wordpress.com.
I found my tongue planted firmly in my cheek.
I have a brick that has MEXICO stamped into it, so I decided to use it as a prop and to place the ladies at famous Mexican beaches.
I call these glorious goddesses Purple Squirrels at Playa Norte. Swirls of my blue-violet opal clay jostle with translucent violet and opaque violet clays.
A Purple Squirrel is a unique individual with the education, experience and qualifications to fill a very special job opening. I placed the Purple Squirrel at one of Mexico’s famous beaches.
Anke at Acapulco, a pair of goddesses swirled with shades of Dutch blue.
Some of my customers carry a goddess as a pocket goddess.
Underwater at Puerta Vallarta. Earrings in which subtle teal swirls with ivory opal clay, palest gold translucent clay and ivory pearl clay. The faceted stones are Adventurine.
If you visit my Etsy shop you can see other beach goddesses. And narwal tusks!