One of my newest ventures is polymer clay. Now, I'm a complete beginner, and I haven't a whole lot of time to work with it (the three reasons being my sons and daughter!), but I've tried out a couple of projects:
The pumpkins became pendants for Halloween necklaces for my children. The rest are attempts at creating some winter pendants. I'm learning a lot as I go, so I can only get better from here (I hope!).
Of course, I've been creating lots of fall pieces of jewellery, too. Fall is such a lovely season...I love the changing colours of the leaves, the somewhat unpredictable weather, cozy evenings listening to the rain (and it rains a lot in our corner of B.C. in the fall...)..it's a season that makes me really happy.
Bo Hulley are perfect for some fall themed jewellery - though I'd have to say with these necklaces, I think you could get away with them in the spring,too!
Naturally, I had to come up with a fall themed necklace using one of Sally Sutherland's doll beads.
pumpkin fairy is such fun!
Helen Chalmers' colourful and intricately decorated lampwork beads. I like these ones because it's a way of wearing a beautiful, handmade art bead that's not too big or bold if that's not what you prefer.
colours. I've been using them in lots of earrings and several necklaces. I get these little lovelies from my favourite Canadian source for Czech glass beads.
SummerWindArt. This shop has become one of my favourites for beautiful polymer clay pendants. There are so many to choose from!
Now, since I wrote the first part of this blog (the benefits of being able to save and work when you have time!) I've taken a tutorial to learn how to make beautiful polymer clay bon bon beads. This tutorial was created by Heather Powers, If you're beady, you'll probably know who I'm talking about. If you aren't, she's a very talented artist of polymer clay beads, and as well as making all kinds of beautiful beads, she also develops tutorials for those of us wanting to learn about polymer clay but may not know how to start.
As soon as I came across the information about the tutorial on her blog, I signed up! I cannot tell yo how excited I am to have learned how to make these gorgeous beads! Heather's photos are really enticing, and the images of her own bon bon beads had me hooked. These ones are my first attempt (and I'm pretty pleased with them!) - they still need painting and sanding.
You can bet I'll have more of these made in the near future. The colour possibilities are endless, and practice makes perfect!
As always, you can keep up with my jewellery making adventures on my facebook page, which I keep updated on a MUCH more regular basis!
How have the last few months been treating you?