All that glistens is not…..

September 11, 2012

…er.. silver.


Faux silver photo frame and trinket box

I’ve been on an extended sabbatical from creativity. Time to start messing around with polymer again. I wanted to create the look of antique distressed silver by using embossed polymer. I covered an old  photo frame and trinket box with black polymer and then finished it off with gilder’s wax. There’s a lot of scope for using it in a mixed media project in the future maybe.


Something new from some things old

November 16, 2011

I’ve been having fun trying out a new technique which uses up  old canes and left overs. The results are quite striking and look a bit like stained glass. Thanks to Alice Stroppel for the idea.

Large pendant and earrings

Small pendant and two pairs of earrings

A different twist

October 5, 2011

Back to the extrusions again.  But this necklace was made a bit differently. Four colours were mixed in the same proportion. Once the coils had been ‘baked’,  the beads were sanded down heavily to reveal the detail underneath.  I like the way the colours merge together in a subtle way. It was almost worth the loss of a finger tip or two. Apparantly they grow back. Eventually.

Sanded and extruded necklace


Old, dry and crumbly but still good.

September 27, 2011

Here’s an idea to use up those old bits of dry and crumbly clay that you may have hanging around. Don’t bin it. Stick it in an extruder with fresh clay and then push it out. It takes a bit of effort but the results are worth it. The dry clay pushes through  the fresh to create interesting textures and effects. This necklace was made with a dry cream clay that has forced itself through the fresh blue.

Extruded dry into fresh

Last of the summer

September 20, 2011

The wind is battering the window frames and telling me that summer is definitely over. Not that we’ve had much of a summer in London this year. Again. It’s time to start thinking of warm autumnal colours. And maybe hibernation. Here’s a batch of colourful earrings that I made while the sun was shining.

summer earrings


mokume gane pendant






More canework

September 13, 2011

I’ve been finding different ways to use up the canes I made recently. I had a first attempt at making a bangle and I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out. But the amount of sanding needed to get a nice finish is a disincentive to making  many more I fear.

kaleidoscope cane bangle


A more traditional style of necklace for a change . And another way of using up this particular cane.


The joy of caning

September 6, 2011

I’ve re-discovered the pleasures of canework – the construction of polymer clay canes that is. I’ve spent so much time playing around with ‘new ‘ ideas and techniques that its good to get back to the simple kaleidoscope cane. It’s simple to make but difficult to predict how it will turn out. After it’s been made and chilled in the fridge for an hour, it’s always intriguing to make the first slice into the cane to see exactly what it looks like. And it’s very versatile because the cane slices can be arranged in different patterns.

one cane, three patterns



kaleidoscope cane


Different is good

August 24, 2011

I’ve been trying out some techniques that Julie Picarello uses when she makes her mokume gane pendants. I thought this technique was all about random but she shows how you can plan different effects. Well sort of, in my case. She’s got some interesting ideas on colour mixing as well. It’s given me the chance to try some colour palettes that I wouldn’t normally use.

mokume gane pendant

more mokume gane pendants

Red and black

August 16, 2011

I’ve always liked the combination of red and black. Two strong colours that react against each other. Black is the colour of authority  (think priests), submission and also the colour of villains. Red is the colour of revolution and  love . In these two pieces I’ve separated black and red with a thin layer of white acrylic paint.  Authority and revolution separated only by a smidgin of purity and innocence. So much for psychology.

red n black necklace

red n black discs

Pushing it out there

August 2, 2011

I’m still messing around with the extruder. The force required to push the clay through the tube creates different blends and potential patterns. This necklace ended up resembling  geological strata after a lot of sanding.  Including some of my finger tip.  I  like muted tones and the subtlety of the ‘veins’ of colour that run through it.

Geological necklace

Extrusion in green