I don’t know much about polymer clay, but I know it’s used for making jewelry as well as other things. I’ve seen beautiful jewelry made from polymer clay so I’m curious about what it is and went in search of information about this way of jewelry making. I found an article about polymer clay at PolymerClay.net
The polymer clay is sculpted, rolled, or cut into shapes before being baked in an oven at low heat, up to about 275° Fahrenheit (135° Celsius) to harden it. After baking, this clay becomes firm enough so that it won’t break easily. Artists then sculpt the clay into figurines, as abstract multi-colored shapes or whimsical caricatures of people or animals. Jewelry artists then create beautifully detailed beads, pendants, brooch pins and sculpted shapes for necklaces and earrings. The polymer clay can also be used to create ornaments, magnets, key chain pieces, plant stakes, cake toppers and many more items.
Sounds like fun to me! I may have to revisit this site and give this hobby a try.
This week our group is promoting Cate, Zibbet shop owner of Fulgorine. Cate is a polymer clay artist and makes her own jewelry.
An excerpt from Cate’s Zibbet profile:
I am originally from South Africa, but I have now been living in England for nearly half my life. I aspire to create beautiful things which is why I find making jewellery so appealing – it is unashamedly supposed to be pretty.
I have a BA in Computer Arts where I learned to work digitally with photo manipulation and 3D and I also paint with traditional media (oils/pastels) and work in other media such as stained glass.
In 2009, while browsing the internet, I stumbled across a page of intricate polymer clay millefiori pendants. I was instantly hooked and wanted to know how such colour and detail was achieved. Here was a material that could combine colour, texture and sculptural possibilities!