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Wicked! Polymer Clay Jewelry 

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The Art of Creating Art with Distractions – Polymer Clay Jewelry

Sometimes it begins with boredom. Perhaps not boredom, per say, but a desire to do something just to do it. No agenda. Just letting creative energy out, and whatever happens, happens.  This is usually either the best work, or absolute shite.

Occasionally I work with my daughter around, and by occasionally, I really mean, like, eighty percent of the time. This can go swimmingly well, or disastrous, but most of the time we work really well together. She’s six, so, you know, things change by the day, interests by the hour, and attitude by the minute. So when working with a kid at home, which is where my studio is, you have got to be flexible. My goal wasn’t originally to create a piece of polymer clay jewelry, but sometimes magic happens when you least expect.

When I have ‘serious’ work, or commissions, I try to do them when she’s out of the house, or someone else can entertain her. A lot of the time, however, she likes to hang out and watch, usually doing her own art project or just being some character in her head. Turning the studio into a castle, or jungle, or something else fantastical (the locations of which and characters also change by the minute.) One has to be pretty good at multitasking to seriously work with a kid like that around.

I often hear, “Okay, mama, you don’t have to play it, just sit there.” Which is code for: You don’t have to actively get in costume, act, and make stuff up, but I’m gonna talk at you, really, really closely and non-stop, until you’re done working. Chatter, chatter, chatter. Like a small chipmunk burrowing in all your tools and supplies, all the while chirping like they do.

So, I play along. I work on whatever project or computer work I may have, concentrating as best I can on it, while still focusing on her, and answering every now and then with something like, “Oh, yes, your majesty!” Or, “Yes, that sure is the best pizza I’ve ever had!”

Then I take a bite of pretend pizza made out of my polymer clay stash with those craft puff-balls thingies glued on top.

When Guinea Pigs and Witches Collide

To give myself a break from the seriously challenging art of making ‘serious’ art with child present, I take days where we make things together on purpose. She’s really into watching tutorials on YouTube. One day while looking up “cute Guinea pig,” we found tutorials on how to make them with clay. (Her favorite is here.) This spawned a mass amount of guinea pig figurines in my home, currently we have twenty, all of which are different colors and have names like, “Lemony.”

One Christmas everyone got a clay guinea pig ornament. They’re everywhere. But I digress. This fortuitous web search spawned an interest in sculpting with clay, not only for her, but myself.

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Here are the guinea pigs of which I speak.

One day we sat down to make more guinea pigs and I decided to try something new. I wanted to experiment with using my metal jewelry trays (which are for fitting cabochons or cameos inside.) The goal was to try to see how well polymer clay would mix with it, and whether I’d like it.


Trying Something New

It worked pretty well, I’d say. Well enough that it sold before it was even finished. Periodically I’ll post my art in progress on social media to get fresh eyes and opinions, especially with something new. This wasn’t my first experience with polymer clay, but it was with creating polymer clay jewelry. I started out with a lump of black clay just trying to figure out what exactly I was going to make. Black clay went into the background of the tray and next came a head in a glorious, almost glowing green color.

I sat there staring at this green head wondering where this was going, no real intentions on the table and it hit me. Wicked Witch of the West. And that was it. From there on out it was a no brainer.  I kept at it for a few hours. It’s small, and pretty tedious work. Surprisingly I’m really good with miniatures. It’s surprising because I have little to no patience.

After she was baked, I painted her details on and used some powder metallic. This looks just phenomenal in person, but because of the nature of metallic and the shiny glaze I used, she was irritating to photograph at best. I did manage to get a few though, and her new owner loves her very much.

Thanks for checking her out! Don’t forget to see what’s new at our shop!
Let us know what you think of this first attempt at polymer clay jewelry. Leave us a comment and give us your opinion!

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Wicked Witch Cameo in progress, still just a head! Not too shabby for a first attempt at polymer clay jewelry.
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In progress, now with hair! Beautiful Victorian ringlets!
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In progress, now with hat, ready to bake!
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The finished piece. Pretty small!
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The finish. So very hard to photograph…
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A nice up-the-nose shot of the finish.
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We do gift packaging, too!
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We do gift packaging, too!
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And last, but not least, my husband tells me everything looks better with boobs. So, here’s the finish, with boobs. How’d it come out?

 

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Skull Decor – Pinstriped Iron Cross

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Our Skull Decor is a serious way to make a statement! A most bad-ass gift, or home decor item. A flamed and pin-striped human skull!
Okay, so it’s not actually human — but this baby is just about life size and rock solid.

Beautifully detailed in a classic von Dutch style by our artist Dean (read more on him in our About section). Very unique and quite a show piece.
A perfect home addition for collectors and novelty lovers of all things rockabilly / psychobilly / goth / kustom kulture or just the bizarre!
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Rose Tattoo Art – Vintage Leaded Glass Jewelry Box

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A medium size, intricate trinket box for storing your most precious possessions, jewelry or keepsake memories! Makes a lovely gift for wedding, anniversary, birthday, Mother’s Day, valentine, etc.
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•Lid hand painted
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•Mirrored interior
•The last two photos show the box with white paper inside, to see the art without the reflection. Does not come with paper.

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This is a vintage leaded glass box with hand-painted details. This is not a stencil or sticker decal!— A medium size, intricate trinket box for storing your most precious possessions, jewelry or keepsake memories! Makes a lovely gift for wedding, anniversary, birthday, Mother’s Day, valentine, etc.PURCHASE LINK>>>https://www.etsy.com/listing/528662739/

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Three New Pinstriped Handbags

Three new painted vintage handbags are now available
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Each purse is hand picked, quality vintage and hand painted by our artist Dean. Read more about the artist, and our handbags here.

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Forty Elephants – A Vintage & Handmade Market

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BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!
The first fifty in line get a super rockin’ tote bag filled with goodies from all us vendors! Yesssssss!
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We celebrate our 6th year at The Masonic Center of Lancaster. PhotOlé Photography will be on hand with his trusty polaroid to take your vintage holiday photo ($10 each, no appointment needed). Vintage Santa will be there. And we’ll be giving away Forty Elephants tote bags filled with goodies from our vendors to the first 50 customers in line. We pride ourselves in offering you the most creative & wacky things from our top notch vendors.
Shop small with us this holiday season!
Free admission. Parking in lot or on street. ”

Here is what you will get in your tote from us! $5 off anything at our booth!
*May not be printed, must be the special print that will be in the bags, we’ll know!
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Saturday, November 26 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Lancaster Masonic Center

213 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603


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