Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Seahorse Necklaces

Seahorse jewelry seems to be catching on lately.  I've made quite a few and most of them have sold.  One customer liked it so much she commissioned another similar necklace with a "funky" fish focal bead instead of the seahorse. 

These seahorses are hand sculpted of polymer clay, adorned with crystals and pearls, antiqued and finished off with a satin glaze for a soft shine.  Then they are strung on professional grade beading wire with semi-precious stone chips and I add a beautiful gold tone metal leaf toggle clasp.  Each one is so unique, you'll never see anyone else wearing the same necklace.

This Green Seahorse Necklace is still available.




I'll be making more of these necklaces this week.

 They would be great at the seashore or your favorite vacation resort.  Click here.


More Pastel Colors

After I finished with all the petals, I made another Rainbow necklace of round beads in pastels for the summer.  Those round beads are so hard to get absolutely round.  It takes a lot of practice.  Here is the result.

  The beads are graduated from the large beads in front to the smaller beads at the back with small white glass pearls in between.  Would be pretty for the summer and the necklace is so light weight!

More Petal Necklaces

I had such great response to the multi-color petal necklace I recently made, I decided to do a few in pastel colors for the summer.   Then I got carried away with the petals.........

These rainbow necklaces are all available at my Polymer Panache Etsy shop: Click here

Friday, February 22, 2013

Rainbow petal necklace

Made one of these multicolor petal necklaces last spring and it sold so fast I decided to create another one today.

It has over 120 individual clay petals and is 22 in. long.  Can't get much more colorful than this.  A great necklace for Cinco de Mayo celebration.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Learned a new technique.

I saw a beautiful necklace a few years ago at a local jewelry shop at Pier Village in Long Branch (on the boardwalk).  It appeared to be crocheted wire with black and white beads crocheted into the necklace.  Recently I came across a YouTube video showing instructions how to make this type of necklace.  At first it was a little difficult but, as you work on it, it gets easier.  Here is my first crocheted necklace:

This necklace is made up of white pearls, aqua crystals and aqua glass twist beads on gold wire with a pretty clasp.  It is a three strand necklace braided together.  Came out really nice.

Here is my second crocheted necklace in browns:

This one has large tan glass pearls, smaller chocolate pearls, small gold crystals and larger beige button crystals, again 3 gold wire strands braided together.  They can both be seen at my Etsy shop: Polymer Panache.  https://www.etsy.com/listing/123836870/statement-necklace-crocheted-tan

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Polymer Necklaces I Just Finished .......

Just completed these two necklaces with round PC beads and lots of small glass beads for sparkle.  Think they will be nice for spring/summer.

 I find it's always hard to get perfectly round beads for the necklaces.  But I guess that gives them that unique handcrafted look.

Getting Back to Work.........

Tried to learn how to create beads and pendants as shown in Julie Picarello's book "Patterns in Polymer - Imprint & Accent Bead Techniques" (Great book).  I found my PC blades were not sharp enough for this new technique.  I did manage to make a few pieces with the duller blades but am not all that happy with them.

 Ordered some new tissue blades and will try again to make some of the gorgeous designs Julie has in her fantastic book.

I'm Back..............

Well I haven't posted for quite awhile.  First there was Hurricane Sandy which flooded our apartment building first floor and left several tenants with no where to sleep.  The parking lot also felt the wrath of Sandy and 16 cars were ruined, including ours. 

The 1st floor tenants were taken in by other tenants and everything was a mess for a good while.  No electric for 9 days and all food was thrown out but we didn't receive any help from FEMA for cost of food replacement. 

My hubby and I spent the month of November looking for a used car we could afford and filling out FEMA papers.   No help from FEMA there either.  But I know there were so many at the Jersey Shore who were much worse off than we were, so I'm not complaining.

Then we got the news that my 43 year old nephew was diagnosed with cancer.  We were devastated.  But with the car we just bought we are able to take him back and forth for his treatments.  So far the news is good -- considerable shrinkage of the tumor.  Waiting to find out about the surgery he will probably have to have.

Not much free time to create jewelry.