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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Natasha Style Mirror Image Clown-in-Circus-Ring Pendant w/ Matching Beads

Hand Sculpted Polly Ceramica Jewelry Elements


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I made this complex mirror image Natasha Style Pendant as an element of your next designer jewelry project.  Almost any beads can be strung with it and then you also have the matching beads that you can use as accents along the string of crystals, pearls or gemstones.  The bail is silver plated with no lead content.

You will note that the panels that make up the pendant are the mirror images of each other.  The image that results from the manipulation of the colors and shapes and the slicing and pushing together reminds me of a clown in a circus ring if I look up and down the length of the pendant.

The pendant and beads are glazed by applying 3 separate layers of polymer clay compatible finish and then re-baking to complete the curing process.  This practice keeps the finish glossy and smooth to the touch.  

All my items are guaranteed to please and your purchase price would be refunded immediately if you should choose to return an item.

Measurements:
Pendant dimensions including bail: 1 inch x 2.3 in x 0.2 in thick
Bead dimensions: 0.4 in x 0.6 in (11 mm x 16 mm )
Bead hole: 1.2 mm

Contact me if you have questions.

     


 Here is some information on how I came to make polymer clay jewelry and jewelry components and also some of the methods that I use.  

Polymer clay began as an artistic medium for children to learn to make simple sculptures with their own hands. It is safe, will cure at low temperatures, and remains malleable for many hours if not days or weeks, depending on the location and temperature of the workspace. 

By the 1980s, polymer clay had been improved and packaged for artisans rather than being sold by the pound to grammar school art teachers. The manufacturers in Europe and America had made the clay for artisans less malleable but more durable. 

Thirty years later, when I began to work with polymer clay, it was a popular medium for making beads and pendants in particular. But it is just as attractive and very distinctive for making bracelets of all kinds, from charm bracelets to wide cuff bracelets. It is light enough for earrings and is alluring when combined with crystals or other gemstones. 

The most common way of shaping the polymer clay bead, bracelet, pendant or earring is with the artisan’s own fingers. 

Polymer clay is the chimera of artistic media. It can be made to mimic glass, stone, or metal and even the organic materials such as ivory, shell, bone, coral, jet or wood. It can be incised or pierced. Metallic or earthen materials can be added to the polymer clay for effect. 


Curing a completed sculpture, whether a simple round bead or a fantasy home decoration, is a matter of baking the clay at the correct temperature for the time required to cure the item all the way. I make jewelry with premium polymer clay and I test my creations by dropping them on a hard surface to test their durability before I use them in jewelry making. The colors are permanent pigments and the finishes are compatible with polymer clay.


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Any item will be mailed within two working days.  Your purchase will be securely packaged in a jewelry box and I will email you the parcel ID number so that you can trace the package.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Whimsy Flask Polly Ceramica Pendant with Wedding Cake Beads


Polly Ceramica created this Whimsy Flask Pendant with Wedding Cake Beads and placed it on a colorful turquoise enameled copper chain.  Jewelry to wear for fun, indeed.   I have shown the little perfume flask pendant in different lights and varying positions in natural light.  
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I made this mock perfume flask of polymer clay, then sliced the colorful mokume gane embellishments in fuchsia and turquoise to decorate the little orchid flask. I wanted to maintain the color scheme throughout, so I found in my collection of vintage beads a pair of turquoise glass beads with the wedding cake trailings of vines and flowers. You can see the mecum gane patterns up close in the photo above. 



I made a bail of wire wrapped copper and hung the charming little mock perfume flask from a turquoise enameled chain. This piece is an original design; I have never seen another polymer clay pendant made in this style. I will not design another such piece in the same colors or from the same clay materials. 




This signed Polly Ceramica designer pendant is just for you! CLICK the ADD to CART button at no risk to you. The item is returnable for full refund. My logo signature is on a tiny bronze clay tag attached to the chain at the back of the neck.

I finished this little orchid flask pendant with jeweler's wax so that it retains its natural polymer clay or mock ceramic texture. To the little wedding cake beads on each side of the pendant I added small naturally white mother of pearl rondelle beads to make them more visible. 

The pendant is reversible and can be worn with either side showing. I made the clasp of lightly hammered copper wire. 

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Measurements - 25 mm = 1 inch
Length of necklace - 22 inches
Pendant Dimensions - Widest part = 4 cm x height = 4.6 cm (1.6 in x 1.8 in)

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product
I have long admired the highly decorated snuff bottles and perfume flasks that traditional societies wore around their neck. I made this pendant to resemble a perfume bottle.

Materials Used
polymer clay, glass, copper, enamel, mother of pearl

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Lilac, Green, White, Yellow Swirled Focal Bead with Accent Beads

Polly Ceramica swirl patterned focal bead lentil shaped with two matching accent beads __

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I made these three beads for beaded jewelry designers to make a pretty accessory for wearing with Spring and Summer Frocks or Fall and Winter sweaters  using a complementary color scheme, with the lilac and purple being contrasted with the pale yellow swirls.  Read more...














I hand sculpted the swirled large round edged lentil bead and pierced it completely through so that it could serve as a pendant or could be strung with other beads in the same strand.



 

The accent beads I made by forming them free hand to keep the color patterns in harmony with the focal bead.


This view is what I considered the back of the large bead, but some might prefer it to be the front. 


Measurements: 25 mm = 1 inch 
Large focal bead diameter - 29 mm - 1.2 inch
Large focal bead thickness at center - 16 mm - 0.6 inch
Bead hole diameter - 1.3 mm - easily accommodates up to 18 gauge wire
Accent bead dimensions - 14 mm x 17 mm x 12 mm 
Accent bead hole diameter - 1.5 - 2 mm


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Monday, April 27, 2015

Seven Millefiori Beads PolyClay Blue, White, Pink, Yellow Flowers

Polly Ceramica offers this string of hand sculpted millefiori or thousand flower beads.  The set is made up of a large round focal bead with  three graduated oval beads for each side of your designer necklace.  

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I made these hand sculpted polymer clay millefiori beads for a designer of beaded jewelry who likes to use handmade elements for his/her jewelry designs.  These beads are graduated in size and are somewhat egg-shaped except for the large round focal bead.  After shaping them, working the slices from my flower cane into the surface of the clay ball and then baking them, I allowed them to cure for several days and then I glazed them with polymer clay compatible finish.  I applied the glaze on three separate days, allowing each layer to dry completely.  After that I re-baked the beads to seal the glaze.  



The result of my enjoyable labor you see in this string of the thousand flowers white porcelain-like clay beads highly glazed over the blue, pink and yellow floral motif.

   

Measurements: 
Large focal bead diameter - 21 mm 
Largest accent bead dimensions - 16 mm x 20 mm
Second largest accent bead dimensions - 14 mm x 17 mm 
Smallest accent bead dimensions - 13 mm x 15 mm
Bead hole diameter - 1.5 - 2 mm

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Five Hand Sculpted Green and Gold Beads with Mosaic Motif

My Polly Ceramica Handsculpted Polymer Clay Beads in Murano Mosaic Style


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With these 5 fat rondelle mosaic beads, you can make a spectacular piece of jewelry, using one as the focal and the others as accents along the string with other beads.

These beads are made in my studio in California.  They have been sculpted into the large rondelle shape by my own hands and then I applied the mosaic slices from other canes of polymer clay, also made in my studio.  I am inspired by the great European glass bead makers of the eighteenth to  twentieth centuries.  I particularly admire the mosaic patterns they invented and used to great effect.  

After slicing and applying the abstract mosaic patterns, I worked them into the surface of the round balls of clay.  I then pierced the beads and baked them thoroughly.  After cooling them I buffed them with a fibrous paper to smoothness and then glazed them with three layers of finish that is compatible with polymer clay.  Each layer is allowed to dry completely before the next layer is applied.  After the glaze is dried, I then re-bake the beads.  

The subtle colors and patterns in these beads will draw comments when you wear them or when you display them in your own jewelry shop. 

I will ship the beads first class USPS in a small sponge lined box within a padded envelope for their safety.  They are guaranteed to please.  
Measurements: 
Bead Diameter = 18 - 20 mm
Bead Width = 14 -16 mm
Bead hole diameter = 1.5 - 2 mm



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Friday, March 27, 2015

Diamond Shaped Focal Banded Bead Ivory PolyClay Matching Round Oval Banded Beads

 Diamond Shaped Large Focal Bead and Matching Beads 

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3 Designer Handmade Art Clay Banded Ivory Beads

These are my Cummerbund beads made for the jewelry designer who searches out original creations and finds these hand sculpted banded beads in many shades of blue, violet, green and gold on the streaked white and ivory base bead.  

The beads have been curing for months, because I have not found time to list them for sale.  I have made similarly colored and banded rondelle beads that are smaller than these and they have received rave reviews.  I decided to give these larger beads a place in my blog.  

I made the ivory base bead from a stack of white polymer clay sheets alternating with translucent clay.  I then rolled the stack into a ball so that the lines would appear organic, making the surface of the bead base appear shell-like.  I rolled the ball into a log and then divided the log into even lengths. 



The multicolored mainly blue band is a narrow thin slice from the surface of a mixture of chunks of blue, white, green, violet and gold.   I sliced a strip long enough to wrap each bead.  I did not direct the blade so that it would make rigidly straight edges, but allowed the band to appear more like a scarf tied loosely around each of the three beads.  

After placing the band around the length of clay that was to become a bead, I rolled the scarf-like sash into the base of the bead held between my warm palms.  I shaped the diamond focal bead by hand also after wrapping it with the sash.   

I then pierced the beads and baked them at the prescribed temperature.  After they were baked, I sanded and glazed them with three successive layers of polymer clay compatible finish and baked them again to seal the glaze with the clay.  

Measurements - 25 mm = 1 inch
Diamond focal bead - 30 mm x 30 mm x 8 mm 
Accent beads - 16 mm wide x 25 mm long x 14 - 14 mm thick 


       


You can find a variety of Polly Ceramica polymer clay jewelry and components for your own designs at the links listed here: 


More about Polymer Clay: 
Polymer clay began as an artistic medium for children to learn to make simple sculptures with their own hands. It is safe, will cure at low temperatures, and remains malleable for many hours if not days or weeks, depending on the location and temperature of the workspace. 

By the 1980s, polymer clay had been improved and packaged for artisans rather than being sold by the pound to grammar school art teachers. The manufacturers in Europe and America had made the clay for artisans less malleable but more durable. 

Thirty years later, when I began to work with polymer clay, it was a popular medium for making beads and pendants in particular. But it is just as attractive and very distinctive for making bracelets of all kinds, from charm bracelets to wide cuff bracelets. It is light enough for earrings and is alluring when combined with crystals or other gemstones. 

The most common way of shaping the polymer clay bead, bracelet, pendant or earring is with the artisan’s own fingers. 

Polymer clay is the chameleon of artistic media. It can be made to mimic glass, stone, or metal and even the organic materials such as ivory, shell, bone, coral, jet or wood. It can be incised or pierced. Metallic or earthen materials can be added to the polymer clay for effect. 

Curing a completed sculpture, whether a simple round bead or a fantasy home decoration, is a matter of baking the clay at the correct temperature for the time required to cure the item all the way. I make jewelry with premium polymer clay and I test my creations by dropping them on a hard surface to test their durability before I use them in jewelry making. The colors are permanent pigments and the finishes are compatible with polymer clay.



Monday, March 23, 2015

Polly Ceramica Gives Away the Summertime Necklace


Polly Ceramica Summertime Give Away

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I made this lightweight  and brightly colored necklace with my hand sculpted oval pendant and an abstract design in both inlaid blue and white then burnished over with gold leaf wax.    



Necklace length = 18 inches 
Pendant dimensions = 24 mm x 30 mm x 6 mm (not including 1 inch bail)

The two strands of small beads are made of white shell, sapphire blue stones, dyed Pacific coral, and brass.  The wire loops and fasteners are made of jeweler's bronze.  

I hope the winner enjoys wearing it, giving it away or selling it!  When you win it, it is yours...


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