Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dotty Pod Inspiration

A new earring design has arrived - my Dotty Pods! These are similar to my Peanut Pod Earrings in that the "shell" is the same form, but the inside is different. The shells are made of purple polymer clay that has been molded and baked around long wooden beads to give them their shape. Before baking the outsides have been textured. The middles are turquoise clay that has been textured and added after the shell has baked. They are attached with liquid polymer clay and the piece is baked again as a whole to ensure a strong hold.
What's amazing about polymer clay is that it's so light that even these large earrings don't weigh down my earlobes. Look at that middle picture to see what I'm talking about.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Zoo Inspiration

Here are some photos I took on my trip to the Bronx Zoo this past Tuesday. Images are from the Butterfly House and the Gorilla Exhibit. It was great to see those gorillas in such a well-kept large environment. They genuinely seemed happy in their enclosure and seemed to be having a great adventure play-fighting over a particular stick.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

More Image Transfer Inspiration

Blue bird image from toile textile was transferred onto tablet-sized pieces of white polymer clay. Holes were pierced prior to baking and a varnish was applied to protect the pieces. The tablets were hung on kidney-shaped earring wires which were adorned with blue Swarovski crystals. I do not know who designed this textile, so I'm sorry, I cannot credit the bird's artist.