I was recently talking with a friend of mine, Alison Sachs, of Beads by Earth Tones on etsy. She makes most beautiful polymer clay beads and components. In fact, I had a bracelet accepted for publication in Winter 2012 Stringing that combined the beautiful stoneware work of Marti Conrad and the beautiful polymer clay bead work of Alison Sachs and a beautiful lampwork bead by Lynda Cogbill. But, more on that later.......
Anyway, I was telling Alison that I was amassing quite a collection of polymer clay but that I found myself rarely using it. In her wisdom she said, "Well, maybe you need to use it more....." So I made a challenge with myself to make one piece of jewelry each week in August using polymer clay. So, I will be keeping my polymer clay beads and components in front of me all month.
Here are my first two pieces. In this first necklace, I used polymer clay by Alison - two of her "Imprint series" beads, a bird, and an egg as well as three of her wood grain disk beads. The donut and the two green/brown disks under the bird are also polymer, but I don't know the artist. There is also a larger green round polymer clay bead capped with silver caps that doesn't show well in this photograph by Carsclayart on etsy. I also used one of Ingrid Mueller's porcelain bead with a Vintaj pinecone bead cap and a pinecone dangle by Trinity Brass Co.
Next is a calico cat necklace consisting of a polymer clay calico cat, a matching tube bead and three matching round beads. These are also by Carsclayart. For you cat people out there, is a cat marked with brown, black and orange a calico or a tortoise shell?
And I am offering a chance to win this yummy bowl of Polymer Clay bead soup. Most of these were made by Carla Barnham, Carsclayart on etsy. She did not make the leaf, I purchased it from someone else, but I don't know who. It is handmade however. This bowl includes a couple of things that would work great for Halloween (which I do not celebrate for religious reasons - but I don't judge those that do), a couple of pieces that would make a nice breast awareness theme piece, a cool bee bead, a couple of hearts, a leaf pendant and some pretty cool tube beads. Did you know that October is breast awareness month? There is also a tuxedo cat pendant. And see those two life savers? They are not real.....
By now, you know the drill, leave a comment here, spread news all across the internet and leave a comment here with the link. For each place you broadcast, you will have one more entry. I will choose the winner on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.
Also, Marti Conrad of Marti's Buttons N Beads is having a giveaway of this beautiful necklace and earrings set that she made.
HERE and follow her instructions for a chance to win this.