Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Work In Progress
Butterfly Necklace

My butterfly necklace is starting to take shape. 

See the sketch for this necklace in one of my older posts.

I decided to make this focal piece two-sided, which quite a challenge, I have to admit. 

The picture above shows the faux cloisonne black side of the butterfly, and there will be a red and orange side created with foil and inks like in these pendants.

I still need to shape all the connections and put the wings and the body of the butterfly together.  It all looks good so far, but there are too many points at which things can go wrong.  I think, this is the most challenging piece I ever made. 

Sunday, June 20, 2010

I decided to separate my jewelry form my polymer clay and resin tutorials. I created a new web site,, specifically for the tutorials and information about my classes. My jewelry and links to my on-line shops will remain on my old site,

The new site is less fancy and more user-friendly. The navigation is simpler, and the text is easier to read. I moved all my free tutorials here, including the information about conditioning and baking polymer clay, as well as tips for beginners and links to sites I recommend for buying polymer clay and tools. Every project tutorial has its own page on the new site (just as it was on, but I also added pictures demonstrating possibilities of each technique and variations of each project as well as links to a few example pages from each tutorial.

I am quite pleased with the results. It feels like after a good cleaning – everything is in its place and in proper order.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Pendants and Earrings

I just finished a few more pieces combining polymer clay, metal leaf, resin, and metal frames.

I really like the results, although they are even more difficult to photograph than my Faux Cloisonne pendants. The light reflects in such a way that it is really difficult to see that the surface is absolutely smooth and clear. I tried photographing them from a sharp angle to show the surface finish, but than the pattern and colors get lost, and that is not good either...

While I am experimenting with my camera and lighting to get better pictures, just trust me that these pieces are truly amazing in person – the colors are extremely bright (and I will be ready to share my tricks in a new tutorial soon), while the surface is smooth as glass (that is what I like the resin for!).

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