Thursday, November 5, 2015

Maple Leaf with Lady Bug Pendant

Just finished this pretty maple leaf pendant with a tiny lady bug on it. 

Available at my Etsy Shop - Polymer Panache  Click here.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Autumn Leaves Necklace

Lots of colorful autumn leaves fill this three dimensional necklace.  Leaves are handmade of variegated clay in greens, oranges,
 reds and browns.  Antiqued with brown acrylic paint to 
bring out the veins of the leaves and a satin glaze added 
to protect the paint.  
They are attached to a copper chain and it closes with 
a copper toggle clasp.
Available at Polymer Panache. Click here. 

Polymer Clay and Leaf Necklace

Copper Polymer Clay and Copper Leaf handcrafted beads made into this attractive necklace.  Beads are protected with a satin glaze which prevents the leaf from oxidizing.  Would be great for the holiday season.    
Available at my Etsy Shop: Click here.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

New Swirl Beads Necklaces

Have been practicing making swirl beads and made these two necklaces for sale at my Etsy Shop.  Click here.


Friday, August 21, 2015

More New Bracelets & Matching Necklaces

Some new dangle bracelets and a few matching necklaces I recently made.

Murano Beaded Bracelet at my Polymer Panache shop: Click here:

What is the difference between Venetian Beads and Murano Beads?
There is no difference. The glass used to make the beads originates in Murano. However, Venetian Glass has been used to describe the glass coming from Murano for centuries and since Venice is much more widely known than the island of Murano, people continue to refer to it as Venetian Glass, Venetian Jewelry. So beads and jewelry made from beads produced in Murano are sold in the stores in San Marco (the famous square in Venice) as Venetian Glass. It's a matter of marketing terms and that Venice is much wider known than Murano. When the glass furnaces were moved from Venice to Murano, the Doge specifically gave the residents of Venice the right to make small pieces (lampwork) which included beads, small animals, the kind of art made by the canes (which of course are produced in Murano). Historically some of the best known bead houses have been in Venice, namely in Cannaregio. 

 Blue Green Glass Bead Bracelet and Matching Necklace.

Pink Cat's Eye and Aqua Crystals Bracelet and Necklace.
All these handcrafted bracelets and matching necklaces can be seen at my Etsy Shop

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Salsa Bracelet

Using up my Lucite Flower Beads.  This colorful bracelet definitely says "Dance with me"
  In addition to the flower beads I've also added crystals, pearls and some silver accent beads.

New Bracelets

Started making some dangling bracelets with some of the many beads I have in my stash.  
The technology for glass beadmaking is among the oldest human arts, dating back 3,000 years. Glass beads have been dated back to at least Roman times. Perhaps the earliest glass-like beads were Egyptian faience beads, a form of clay bead with a self-forming vitreous coating. Glass beads are significant in archaeology because the presence of glass beads often indicate that there was trade and that the beadmaking technology was being spread. In addition, the composition of the glass beads could be analyzed and help archaeologists understand the sources of the beads.

This blue bracelet is made with Furnace Glass Beads.

 Furnace glass
Italian glass blowing techniques such as latticinio and zanfirico are adapted here to make beads. Furnace glass uses large decorated canes built up out of smaller canes, encased in clear glass and then extruded to form the beads with linear and twisting stripe patterns. No air is blown into the glass. These beads require a large scale glass furnace and annealing kiln for manufacture.

 These handcrafted bracelets can be found in my Etsy Shop Polymer Panache

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bright and Bold Necklaces

Earlier this month I played around with the idea of making necklaces with large bold beads in bright colors combining polymer clay, wood beads, crystals and other assorted beads to see how they would work out.  Here are four that I liked the best.

Purple and Magenta

 Blue and Pink

Champagne and Gold

Orange and Yellow 

All four are available at my Etsy shop, Polymer Panache.

"Torn Watercolor Paper" Necklace

Here are two new necklaces made of polymer clay using the Torn Watercolor Paper technique which I recently learned.  The first one I tried is in a light blue clay and is 20 inches long.  I then thought I'd like to use this technique using several pastel colors which would look more like a watercolor painting torn into little bits.  I think I like this one the best.  The pastel necklace is 19 inches long and both are available at my Etsy shop, here. 

Hope you like them.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Beautiful Handmade Handbags

Just discovered this new Etsy shop where you can find some really different handcrafted fabric handbags that are up-to-the-minute styles.  Here are a few of them:

These beauties can be found at: Irene Johnson's Etsy Shop 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Small Flowers Necklace

After making three Rose Necklaces I tried making a necklace with small flowers in my favorite color combination, chocolate browns and aquas.  I used two shades of aqua and two shades of brown.

Another necklace in same style but with pretty Spring colors.

And I just finished another necklace similar to the above:  This one in all gold polymer clay with Czech crystals.

See these necklaces at: 
Polymer Panache 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Yellow Roses Necklace

I'm really liking making all these roses and buds so I decided to make necklaces with different color roses.   Here is one I just finished in three shades of yellow.  Lots of crystals and pearls on this one too.

See these necklaces at my Etsy shop: Polymer Panache

And here is a purple necklace with the flowers in three shades of purple.


Roses, Roses Everywhere
 Worked very hard trying to perfect my first Roses necklace.  It was a lot of work but in the end I think it turned out very nicely.  This necklace has lots of roses and rosebuds made of polymer clay and other small flowers of clay also.  Each flower has a pink Swarovski crystal in its center.  I've added lots of pink crystals, pink pearls and some pale green Swarovski bicone crystals throughout the flowers.

This necklace can be seen at my Etsy shop: Polymer Panache

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Fun & Funky Necklaces

Ordered lots of beautiful designer beads from TLS Clay Design and here are the necklaces I made with them.  These are truly one of a kind.

 All these unique necklaces now available at my Etsy shop, Polymer Panache. Click here