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I have been reading and following some designers that work with polymer clay.  I thought I might play with some clay and see what I think.  I love to explore other mediums where I can be more creative and actually design components, whether those be beads or findings and components.  So I’ve dabbled with wire (my recent post on the copper wire cuff with the crystals) and chain maille using the same wire in jump rings.  I have taken some fantastic classes from Don Norris on silversmithing.  I learned a great deal and I enjoy that too.  Now compared to using wire and solder, polymer clay, friendly plastic and other such mediums usually fall under a listing of “alternative.” However, some things I’ve done have appeared “as is” in some test pieces, but even more importantly, I see a design in these that I then re-create with gemstones, wire and other components.  So, never underestimate the value of working with these things that seem more common, less expensive, and ones that other people may not consider “art.”

Now, before I go any further, let me first clarify that my turquoise links are not something I consider “art.”  But let me tell you what I learned while making these.  First, how to make a join and then make it disappear.  I wanted to see how thin the clay could be and still form a solid piece.  The thinner ones you see here aren’t hard, but a bit “rubbery” feeling. I can twist them slightly and pinch them just a bit.  But they would still hold as a link.  The thicker ones, though, show more color, especially those that are blended.  I compared twisting to rolling in terms of the design it made when I blended 2 clays together.  The blue and silver didn’t show as much as I thought it would, but I love the blends with the white.

My plan is to randomly combine these in an asymmetric combination of links, similiar to the asymmetric chain mail in the Creative Chain Mail Jewelry book I reviewed recently.  I think the color will add more drama.  It should be a very playful, fun design.

I took a piece of molding clay and made a fleur-de-lis mold.  I think it might be nice to make some light weight fleur-de-lis for next spring… is the symbol of Louisville and VERY popular around Derby time!  Hopefully I can find some other sizes for more molds, for larger pendants and hopefully for smaller earrings!

Creative Eye Studio

I met a fellow
Louisville beader a few years ago at a silversmithing class by Don Norris (if you ever have an opportunity,
take his class. You will learn a great deal AND have a great time doing
it).  Kim had taken some silversmithing
courses before and already knew some things about flux and solder and, of
course, a torch.  But we sat across from
each other for 2 days, laughing at each other, being awkward, and asking each
other, “What did he say?”  It was a great ice-breaker.  Plus we both ended up with lovely pieces of jewelry to add to our collection.

Kim is the proud designer and owner of Creative Eye Studio.

She has her own blogspot
blog.  In addition to her jewelry, Kim
takes great pictures, so check out her blog for photos around her home and from
her travels.  Kim is also a member of a
Kentucky Etsy team that meets periodically and is planning a retreat for a
later date.

Kim’s designs are available at her Etsy store .  She loves fleur-de-lis designs, the symbol for all things Louisville and, of course, even more common around Louisville’s own holiday: the Derby!

Kim and I crossed paths at other times, including a job hunt when we both found ourselves out of work!
Thankfully that passed for both of us as we found new jobs.  I love the earrings I have highlighted here from Kim’s store.  All of them are light, feminine, almost airy, as if they would dangle freely even without ear wires, just buoyed on a slight breeze.  I leave you with one last pair of earrings—a pair Kim calls Sweet Tweet!


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