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I am in love with crystals. This is all I can say, but have a lot more to show instead.

Amethysts:

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Sodalite:

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Pink Aventurine:

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Malachite:

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Hey! This year the winter was a bit late in my country, give or take two months, but it is finally here to bring me some winter inspiration!

My polymer clay creations from this season can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4Gk2NAAo0g

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I just love experimenting in and of itself. I love trying new things, especially when we talk about art and creating in general. Like a friend/colleague of mine said several years ago- When you do something, suddenly you think: “What will happen if … , and you just do it to see!” And even though it was in the context of architectural projects, it is valid for almost every creative project I undertake. So there was this pretty “logical” thought while I was researching other jewelry designers- “What will happen if I add some metal wire details to my jewelry pieces?” Then bought some copper and aluminium wires (and just a meter of sterling silver as a sample) and started experimenting- first with some beads and stones I found, and then garnished some polymer clay pieces I had previously made.

My first wire ring, a variation of a tutorial I found on YouTube, silver platted copper wire and agate:

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After some more wrapping (well, a lot more:)):

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Copper platted aluminium wire and agate resulted in a butterfly (I don’t know what it is with me and butterflies lately…)

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Then followed…

Silver platted copper wire and polymer clay:

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Then time for the sterling silver wire and the entirely handmade pair:Image

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And the last piece for this post is my favorite one for now:

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On the hand of its new owner, fits just perfect:)Image

Have a great day and don’t stop experimenting, the nicest surprise may be just around the corner!

Hi Everyone!

Today’s post is dedicated to a cane, that is very eye-catchy and actually pretty easy to make. It is based on the Bull’s eye, but instead of using only one single cane, this time they are put together to form a flower pattern. The geometry stays the same, but by changing the color combinations the final results have completely different moods. You can also see clearly the progress I made to more precise and clear shape forming, color mixing and surface treating.

The first variation is minimalistic, only with white ( Fimo Soft) and translucent (Fimo Accents) polymer clay. It looks gentle and detailed and is easy to match with other pieces of jewelry and clothing.

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You can leave the cylindrical shape after cutting the cane, or you can continue further and give it a little twist and make a spiral. I personally love the spirals- they look amazing regardless of the point of view can be used as an accent of the outfit. However the simple circle has its own beauty and works perfect with casual outfits.

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The second cane is made with the opposite color concept. The petals of the flower are with gradient from dark green to white and are outlined with black, and the background is in grass green. For me they bring the association of a light fresh wind in the forest and match wonderfully to green eyes:)

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For the third cane I experimented with red and clear translucent and tried to make a gradient with them for the petals. I also made everything too small and suppose the red outlines polluted to an extend the translucent core and there is no visible gradient in the final result. However, I still like the the red tinted petals, but for sure need to do some more experimenting with the different types translucent clay.Image

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I still cannot get rid of the flakes in the translucent clay. But the defect turned into frosty effect and I am pleased with how these turned out. I practically put all left-overs from the cane together in a sheet and cut circles out of it:

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Positively I am getting better with sanding and buffing, but the round pieces needed something else to give them a finished look, so I made these little wire swirls (the first pair is only with sterling silver, while the swirls for the last one are from copper with silver coating and the hooks are ready made sterling silver). I liked the behavior of the wires and the combination with polymer clay, so I am definitely continue exploring the theme.

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So, it was the middle of July. I was pretty frustrated of my canceled vacation to Hungary and the Formula 1 Grand Prix. There were no last minute options for another journey, so I was left with the perspective to spend the week off my office job at home. Here, in the city, it is not really a good idea to spend the most of the time in the open because of the heat during this time of the year (well, some people tend to like it, but I feel like there is a kidney instead of a brain in my head). I had to find something that would be both interesting and indoor compatible, and it had to be colorful, what is the summer without colors?

First I thought of making soaps, it looked so fun on You Tube:). But after considering that chemistry had been one of my hardest subjects at school, I decided not to. And as I was going through my jewelry box, an idea came and wanted to stay. Polymer clay! This was why I, being into arts and crafts my whole life, ended up ordering a box full of colored blocks to play with.

Two days later I received a package with 500 g air-dry, 10 colors of oven-baked polymer clay, a little jar of finish, all Fimo, and a lot of metal jewelry parts. I cannot explain why I was so excited the moment the courier handed me the boxes, but now I think I understand that this was some intuition that I would soon find a wonderful new experience.

И така, беше средата на юли. Бях ядосана заради отпадналата ми почивка в Унгария и местния кръг на Формула 1. Нямаше изгледи за друго пътуване в последния момент, затова трябваше да остана една цяла седмица отпуска вкъщи. Тук, в града, не е особено добра идея лятото да прекарваш по-голямата част от деня на открито (е, на някои хора им харесва, но аз имам чувството, че вместо мозък, в главата ми се е наместил бъбрек). Трябваше да си намеря нещо, което хем да ми е интересно, хем да е на закрито, хем да е и цветно, какво е лятото без цветове, все пак?

Първо мислех да правя ръчни сапуни, изглеждаше толкова интересно в You Tube:). След това обаче се замислих, че химията ми беше най-трудният предмет в училище, та се отказах от сапуните. И докато си ровех из кутията с бижута една мисъл намина и не пожела да си отиде. Полимерна глина! Така, след като цял живот съм се занимавала с разни други изкуства и творчества, поръчах цяла кутия с цветни блокчета, с които да си играйкам.

Два дни по-късно получих 500 гр. въздушно съхнеща глина, 10 цвята за печене във фурна, малко бурканче с лак, всичките на Фимо, и много метални джаджи. Не мога да опиша точно колко бях развълнувана, когато куриерът ми подаде кутиите, но сега мисля е било някаква интуиция, че съвсем скоро ще открия ново вълнуващо преживяване.

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These on the picture are some of my very first studs. I tested all basics to come familiar with the material- color mixing, texture and consistency, basic shapes forming, etc. And I wanted to see how hard it actually is to cure the pieces with the metal parts inside them, so I do not have to glue them afterwards. I really do not like it when my jewelry falls apart and I have to repair it, or put extra glue, because eventually it falls apart again and again. It actually does not matter if you bend the wire, or use some earring base, as long as the clay is neatly densified. All you have to remember is to be careful while forming the shape and to keep the wire in the place you want it to be:)

Тези по-горе са първите ми обички на винтчета. Тествах си основните качества на материала- смесване на цветовете, текстура, консистенция, форми, т.н. И много ми се искаше да разбера колко пък е трудно да се пекат нещата с металните части вградени в тях, а не да се лепят по-късно. Хич не обичам когато бижутата ми се разпадат и трябва да ги сглобявам и лепя наново, защото обикновено те продължата да си се разпадат пак и пак. Оказа се, че за търсения ефект може да се използват еднакво лесно готови основи за обици, или просто огъната бижутерска тел, стига глината около тях да е добре уплътнена. Трябва да внимавате малко повече докато оформяте глината и да не забравяте да държите металните части на местата им.

It was really great fun! All this twisting and playing and mixing and shaping… I recommend this particular material to anyone who just wants to spend a little pleasant time, alone or with company, and the results could be even wearable!

Беше наистина весело! Цялото това усукване, размесване, оформяне… Препоръчвам този материал на всеки, който иска да прекара малко забавно време, сам или в компания, и резултатите от това дори да са носими!

Have a great day!

Пожелавам ви прекрасен ден!

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