Yet another experiment for an earring design. This time I sculpted rounded rectangles in polymer clay. Then I dug out a channel down the length on one side and punched a hole where the channel stopped. The rectangles were then dusted with a dark copper metallic powder and cured. To fill the channel, I mixed a bit of green metallic powder with resin and filled the channel on each piece. I added a couple of layers of plain resin over the top to give it depth and put a couple of dots next to the channel for good measure. 😉
After the resin was cured, I attached some jump rings to the hole below the channel and hung a couple of tiny metallic charms–one an antiqued round and the other a very shiny silver oval (it’s difficult to see from the photo, but the antiqued and shiny charms add a nice contrast and some movement.)
I definitely plan on trying another variation on this idea, but must remember to make the polymer clay much thinner. Getting a jump ring through the bottom for the charms was a little tricky. I prefer much smaller components but the thickness of the clay prevented that. However, the larger hardware give the earrings a more industrial feeling, which I really like!
Here is the last of the commissioned mustard seed pendants I created. It all began last year when a good friend asked if I would create the pendants to give as gifts. She gave one to her daughter, one to her niece and kept one for herself. She then asked for one more to give as a gift so I decided to attempt a design I had sketched out when I started the others earlier in the year.
As with the others, it was sculpted from polymer clay and dusted with a copper metallic powder. The bail was harvested from a necklace that I had taken apart, then wrapped thin wire several times to one end of the chain link to anchor it in place. At the top of the rectangular window inside the pendant I had inserted a very fine chain so that only a couple of the small links protruded at the top. This provided a place to hang a small charm. The charm was made by encasing a single mustard seed within the middle of the resin, and embedding more of the tiny chain at the top of the resin to act as a very small bail. A jump ring attached the resin charm to the chain at the top of the insert cut into the pendant.
I had misjudged the size of the charm, so I had to sand it down in order to make it fit and be able to swing freely inside the cutout in the pendant. Once you sand it, you simply coat it again with a thin amount of more resin and cure it to give it a nice shine.
As with the other pendants, a channel was carved into the side, and the text was inlaid, then encased in clear resin. To make the text more easy to read, I lined the bottom of the carved out area with white polymer clay before placing the printed text inside. As a final touch I added a couple of decorative drops of clear resin to the front of the pendant.
When I presented the finished pendant to my friend, I was relieved to hear that she was very pleased with the results!
Out of all the holidays, Thanksgiving is probably Domo’s favorite because of all the delicious foods that are served. Unfortunately, it seems as though Domo is unwilling to share the huge bounty on the Thanksgiving table, and is making a mad dash taking along the entire turkey and a whole pumpkin pie!
But little does he know that these two traditional Thanksgiving dishes are really sculpted out of polymer clay! The pumpkin pie tin is also sculpted from polymer clay with silver metallic pigment applied to it, and a coating of clear sealant to give it a bit of shine. The pumpkin filling also has a thin layer of sealant over the top.
Whether it results from eating all that food, or from all that running while scurrying away with the turkey and pie, I’m sure Domo will be happy and napping just like everyone else after their Thanksgiving meal!
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Domo loves Halloween but seems to be afraid of the fog and darkness outside, so he’s rushing back indoors to safety! But he’s making sure not to leave behind his jack-o-latern and the biggest piece of candy corn you’ve ever seen!
Unfortunately, Domo will be disappointed if he tries to eat the candy corn since it’s sculpted from polymer clay, as is the pumpkin. But he doesn’t seem to mind, and looks determined to get them all back home out of the scary nighttime darkness!
If you look closely…it seems as though he’s also taking along a little hitchhiker! I guess Domo’s little spider friend is afraid of the dark too! He might be a bit hard to see in the photo, so here’s a shot of the little guy by himself:
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I wanted to try something a bit different and create some earrings with a cutout in the center. To make things a bit more interesting, I thought it’d be nice to have something hanging within the cutout. This would add some movement to the earrings.
They are a simple shape, but it proved to be a bit more difficult than I estimated since these are fairly tiny in size. The round piece is about 5/8″ in height and the cutout is a quarter inch in diameter. They’re sculpted from polymer clay with a metallic antique gold powder finish. So, fitting the jumping, silver washer shape and the tiny green glass seed bead were pretty tricky! But after a little bit of wresting with them, I was able attach it all inside the earrings!
Earlier this year, a friend of mine commissioned me to create a couple of mustard seed pendants to give as gifts. You can see them here. She liked the pendants so much that she asked if I could create another pendant to give as a birthday gift for her daughter!
For her daughter’s pendant, she requested that it be another round version, but with a silver metallic finish instead of the gold I had done originally.
It is basically the same design as the round gold pendant except I used components that matched the silver finish she requested. As usual, I harvest pieces and components from jewelry I already have on hand, or make them from wire. In this case I took a link off of a large silver chain and wrapped it with wire to create a bail.
The pendant itself is polymer clay dusted with silver metallic powder. A channel was carved into the side of the pendant so that the text could be inlaid then encased in clear resin. This time I lined the bottom of the channel with white polymer clay so that the text would show more clearly once the resin was used.
A round hole was cut into the pendant then filled with clear resin in layers. This allowed me to float the single mustard seed inside the resin. Here are a couple more shots that show more angles.
I received an email from my friend the day after she gave her daughter the pendant. She said her daughter really loved it and thought it was extra special since her mom had come up with an idea for a special gift, and that she knew that I had actually handcrafted it especially for her. It felt great knowing that it held special meaning for her and that she really liked her birthday gift!
Domo seems to be more interested in the holiday food than in the holiday fireworks! Seems like he’s found somebody’s picnic basket and made off with their apple pie and hotdogs!
Maybe Domo can try to eat it all, but perhaps I should tell him both are sculpted from polymer clay! The pie tin is also polymer clay with some silver metallic pigment applied to the clay to give it the appearance of a metal pan. It’s a bit tough to see in the photo but the sculpted hotdog has glistening mustard which was achieved by applying acrylic sealant to the yellow polymer squiggle.
After Domo polishes off all that food, I’m sure he’ll be too sleepy to get into any more mischief and will probably just sit back and enjoy the fireworks!
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Ever since I was a kid I loved the look of gears and the inner workings of machines. I didn’t even know what steampunk was back then, but I’d take apart broken watches and things that my parents were going to throw away anyway. I still have some watch parts I’ve kept all these years. I even have a bag of parts from an old adding machine!
For some reason, even though I have loose watch parts, I decided to cast some cog shapes myself. It does give more dimension to the piece. I took molds of some of the old adding machines parts I have and then used polymer clay to make the cogs. The cogs were then covered with metallic powder and cured. I added tinted resin to the middles them to give the appearance of cabochons or jewels dotting the center of each cog.
The thin chain has a small amber bead and a silver oval-shaped charm attached to the bottom. I prefer the earrings worn so that the chain hangs down from the side. Seems to give the cogs a sense of movement that way. Like the machinery is in motion! But it can be worn hanging straight down as well, since it is a simple post earring.
Here is another shot of the earrings taken in sunlight. It shows more of the metallic detail and the tinted resin a little better.
I look forward to creating more Steampunk inspired jewelry, and already have some in progress! Stay tuned!
Here are some earrings that are a little different, that I tried as an experiment. Instead of simply attaching a bowl-shaped piece onto a square shape and calling it a day, I decided to connect them together with wire and thread charms and chains to each end. I felt it would add more visual interest and give it much more movement.
I started out by creating square shapes in polymer clay and coating them with gold metallic powder. The bowl shapes were sculpted in translucent polymer clay and dusted with yellow-green metallic powder. A wire runs through both pieces. At the back of each earring is a single copper bead to anchor it, with a chain and circular charm hung between the copper bead and the back of the square piece. In between the square and bowl shape is another shorter piece of fine chain. To anchor the front of the wire inside the bowl shape is another copper bead. I decided to loop the end of the wire so I could dangle a tiny silver charm at the front of the piece.
Here is another shot of the earrings at a slight angle that better shows the different layers.
I’m pleased with the results and will most likely try other pieces using this basic idea. They would most definitely be a good conversation piece when one wears them!
A friend really liked the Tiny Clear Earrings With Aqua and Gold I had posted earlier, and asked if I had a pendant that went with the earrings. I didn’t have one, so I created a custom pendant for her to make up a set.
Here are a couple of photos of the front of the pendant. I included two shots since the lighting on the right image shows that the resin is actually clear. (too much glare in the outdoor shots!)
The rectangular piece is clear resin with tiny aqua glass beads and tiny gold beads floating inside. Instead of simply attaching a bail to the top of a resin, I decided to sculpt an asymmetric piece that covers one corner of the resin. I used polymer clay and embedded some wire at the top to act as a bail. Metallic powder was applied to give the clay an antiqued gold look, and finished it with some clear resin embellishments.
Here are some additional shots of the pendant from different angles:
It was a bit of a challenge to create a snug fit between the resin and the corner piece, but well worth it to give it a different look. I hope she likes it!