Saturday, March 24, 2012

Shop Talk: Working with Polymer

For someone who says that they can't draw ... check out these designs! A friend and I started a dialogue many months back (someone I met on one of my many beading sites I regularly visit). I simply fell in love with the designs she creates.  


They are whimsical but thoughtful, play with fantasy but have such a natural look to them ... I just love them. She uses polymer clay and mixed media to create these pendants. The results are so unique and simply beautiful.
 

I bought one of her pieces from her Singing Cat Studio off of Etsy a few weeks ago (right). I wanted to try my hand at creating around one of her pendants.


I decided to use some stones a friend of mine handed me saying she didn't know what to do with them. They were natural aquamarine stones that ran in color from white, to pale blue to pale amber. I've never seen aquamarine in these colors, but I like that it is not the expected colors. I thought using these stones along with apatite rounds would create an interesting blend for the pendant.


In the spirit of mixed media, I added suede and a Mokuba ribbon. If you've ever been in the Mokuba show room in NY ... then you know it is like a candy store! It has rows, and rows, and rows of the most amazing, beautiful Japanese ribbon. I seriously had to restrain myself, and still I walked out with over $200 in ribbon!

The mixed media effect seemed to really pull out the complexity of the colors she used in the pendant.  If you'd like to see more of her work, or find out more about her check out the following links. I found a lovely interview of her from 2010 which talks about her hope of growing her Etsy shop, which I would say has become quite popular and successful. She also has a showcase of her work on flickr if you want to see more of her designs. 

5 comments:

Therese's Treasures said...

Very pretty love the combination of stone, clay, and fiber in your piece. I'm going to go check out Singing Clay Studio.
Therese

Duni said...

Her shop has amazing items! The necklace you made with one of the pendants is beautiful! I love the how you incorporated a ribbon!

winetastegirl.com said...

I love that color combination! Thanks so much for the comments on my blog. I'd love for you to check out my post today on Plum District.
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Miss Val's Creations said...

Kim's work is beautiful! The interview is great. I love reading about how artisans get into their trade, grow their business and have future plans for it! It is always an inspiration.

Your multi media creation is beautiful. The ribbon store sounds heavenly!

Marcela Gmd said...

Beautiful combination!!!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Besos, desde EspaƱa, Marcela♥

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