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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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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hand Sculpted Bicone Bead and Scarabs

Polly Ceramica offers this hand sculpted large bicone deep blue and gold polymer clay bead with scarabs as components for your own handmade designer jewelry making.

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Hand sculpted lapis blue and gold bicone focal bead with scarabs shown in top and bottom views

Bicone beads are a bit tricky to shape by hand, especially when I put grooves into them after I have formed them by hand and pierced them with my needle tool.  While I still have them on the jeweler's needle tool, I use one of my sculpting tools to press grooves around the bead, leaving the mid part of the bead bulbous.  Here is another view of the grooved, handpainted and glazed beads: 

This view shows sides or edges of the scarabs that I made based on old Egyptian models.  I scumbled the paint to give the impression of antiquity, as if this set of beads had been removed from an ancient tomb, but still had the deep color and glaze on them.  Below is a view of the bottom of the scarabs with faux hieroglyphics incised into polymer clay before baking and glazing.  



As a designer of original handmade jewelry you can use the scarabs with the large bicone focal bead or on a different piece of jewelry -- or on dangle earrings where the back sides and front would show to advantage.  

Here is another view of the set as it might be used on a necklace with separator beads between the focal bead and the scarabs: 


Add these to your cart and make something original with them! 

All items purchased from this site are guaranteed to please.  I refund the purchase price immediately upon the return of any item.  

Measurements - 25 mm = 1 inch
Large bicone focal bead - 21 mm girth (0.8 inch) x 32 mm (1.25 inches)
Scarab beads -13 mm (0.5 inch) wide x 20 mm (0.8 inch) long x 8 mm (0.3 in) thick
Bead holes - 1.5 mm 

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

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

AIIEEEEE! A Shopping Cart in my Blog!

A-SHOPPING WE WILL GO! 







Just a short note to  say that I have my shopping cart set up for Paypal checkout for all the items that will be listed in the CATALOG pages.  I will be adding a few items that I have already made and photographed; the first item is from my online shop.  But I want a home for my Handmade Jewelry Components and some of my completed handmade jewelry, but they are too numerous too pay the rent for their listing space on Etsy: my shop at Artfire is already overflowing and my annasemporium1.com will specialize in antique ethnic jewelry and historic and prehistoric artifacts.

 Moreover,  in this blogspot, I can write the equivalent of a blog as the description and also provide you, the blog visitor, with a way of checking out directly from here through Paypal with your credit card, directly from the bank account or from a Paypal balance.

See the Catalog of Polly Ceramica creations at the top of the right column on this page.  From there, you can scroll through the listings, all provided with an Add button and a View and Checkout function.  

Just please fill your cart heaping full and put a big smile on my face! So far I only have this one item catalogued.  Give me time and you will see a LOT MORE!  

Any problems or suggestions?  I welcome them, especially if there are glitches in my links, etc. 

Thanks for checking in! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Polly Ceramica Shares a Listing

I decided to take a break from showing my techniques and to share a few of my Polly Ceramica creations offered at my Etsy shop.  All these have garnered many views and "favorite" tags:

Hand Sculpted Paisley PolyClay Pendant Gold, Purple, Bronze Wire Wrapped Loop Bail

The pendant above is ready for hanging on your own choice of chain or cord.  And now for a second popular item in my Etsy shop: 

Polly Ceramica Quill Bead Earrings with Blue Crystals, Gold Filled Wires

The earrings get a lot of attention, too.  And now for a third item to share --  gleaned the most views among all my shop offerings: 

Polly Ceramica Art Clay Three Large Mother of Pearl Mimic Beads Ivory and Blue

The photo below shows the item that has appeared in more treasuries than any of my other listings: 

Polly Ceramica Art Clay Mock Teacup Shard Blue and White Pendant


And finally I will share one of my favorite creations: 

Polly Ceramica Art Clay Hand Sculpted Pendant Necklace Copper, Teal, Green

Thank you for visiting my short and to the point blog.  If you have questions, comments or suggestions, send me a message in the comments section below at the link "comments."