Thursday, October 4, 2012

Lariat Necklaces

After making dozens of Lucite flower earrings I decided to make some Lariat necklaces using the same flowers.  These lariat style necklaces are so easy to wear and so light weight too.  Just bring the chain around the neck to the front and tie a loop.  No clasps to bother with.  They are now available at my Etsy Shop:  

Polymer Clay Necklaces

Some new polymer clay designs now in my Etsy shop:  

This necklace was created in shades of peach and aqua with pearls and crushed crystals.  The clay beads are connected with ribbons.
This style was inspired by Christi Friesen, polymer artist of California.
This is my own design of polymer clay discs with little clay dots connected to a black chain and toggle clasp.

New Summer Necklaces

Here are some new pieces of jewelry that I created this summer.  Have been kept busy with sales at Oceanport Gardens, the ladies really like the conservative styles.

Another Great Artist on Etsy

While searching Etsy for artists I found this great animal/bird artist Cathy McGovern from St. Louis.  I'm amazed at her ability to reproduce those fine details of each animal or bird with such accuracy.  To see more of Cathy's art work click here:

Monday, April 30, 2012

Lucite Flower Earrings

I've become fascinated by Lucite Flower Beads and created a bunch of earrings this past month. Here are just a few of them.  For more earrings visit my Polymer Panache Etsy shop:

 These earrings are made with frosted hand dyed lucite beads and Swarovski crystals.

These are made with clear flower beads and long antique brass cones.

A Few More Petal Necklaces

I love making these pinch petal necklaces.  Here are a few more presently listed in my Polymer Panache Etsy Shop:
 Above: Cocoa Brown and White
 Purple and White
 Tan and Light Blue

Monday, February 27, 2012

Been Busy Making More Petal Necklaces

I've been busy making more petal necklaces of polymer clay.  People seem to love this style.  I realized last week that if I'm going to have another sale at the Oceanport Senior Residence this spring I'd have to get busy and make more jewelry.

My first project this week is this gold petal necklace which reflects light much like a gold metal necklace depending on how the light hits the petals.  Of course, polymer clay is so light it isn't as heavy as a metal necklace.

 Then I got to work on this colorful Hawaiian Lei style petal necklace in several gorgeous colors.  This one would be particularly nice for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Both these necklaces are currently for sale at my shop; Polymer Panache. Click here:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Colorful Paintings by Elaine

I love discovering paintings of new artists (new to me anyway).
Here are a few paintings by Elaine.  They're so full of color and bursting with life.
I hope you enjoy them.

Elainesheartsong Etsy Shop can be found here:

Elaine Cory's Profile

Elainesheartsong was born from my love of art.   My background is in fine art and interior design. Every day I wake up with my mind buzzing with ideas. I love to paint, any painting can be commissioned in a different size...just let me know.....

Friday, February 10, 2012

Two Color Pinch Petal Necklace in Polymer Clay

Just finished creating another pinch petal style necklace in Red and White.  This one is a little different as one side of the necklace has red petals rimmed with white and the other side white petals rimmed with red.

I love the way the red and white look together, so crisp and bright.  It will be a great necklace for the summer months.

I sometimes think that the customers looking at a handcrafted necklace have no idea about how it's made or the many steps that go into creating it.  I put together a photo showing some of the steps that went into this necklace and listed it along with the above photo in my Etsy shop -- Polymer Panache.

The photos below show a white log made of polymer clay covered with a sheet of red clay.  It is then sliced into dozens of "petals".  Then the round slice is "pinched" at one end to get the petal shape.  The pinched end is then perforated with a sharp needle.  All the petals are  placed in the oven to cure.  The last photos shows all the petals ready for stringing.
I hope this will give the customer a better idea of
the work that goes into a handcrafted product. 

See more pictures of this necklace here:

Friday, January 27, 2012

Crocheting Hats

Last week I got the bug to start crocheting again.  I wanted to create a hat I had made many years ago.  While searching the internet for the pattern I couldn't find the one I was looking for but did find an old pattern that I liked and crochet it in 2 evenings.

What struck me while I was googling vintage patterns was that there are so many being sold on-line.  I had no idea how popular they had become.  I immediately got out some old patterns that I had stuck in a file folder in the 1970's (I know -- I should throw out some of my junk) and started retyping the directions and scanning the pictures.  I've just listed three of them on my Etsy shop:

Here are the photos of the patterns that are now available at:  I will be adding more in a few days.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Funky Hearts for Valentine's Day

Here are a few more less traditional heart pendants of Polymer Clay.

 The heart pendants below were influenced by the beautiful work of Christi Friesen, polymer clay artist of California.

All the above hearts are available at my Etsy Shop - Fraidy Cat Creations.

Valentine's Day Hearts

Have been working on some polymer clay hearts for Valentine's Day.  The small heart pins/brooches with tiny floral appliques were a challenge to make as all the flowers are so tiny.  Some have Swarovski Crystals.

These can all be found at my Etsy shop, Fraidy Cat Creations.