Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Flowery week

Ahh, the beauty and fragrance of spring flowers.  There are so many colors, shapes and sizes to choose from, there is something out there for everybody to love.  I tend to be envious of the artisans that have the ability to replicate these works of nature.  I'll keep trying though!!

Look how lovely this bracelet is by 2goodclaymates.  Check out their site to see matching earrings!


 How unique {and beautiful} is this pin from handarbeitskram


Wow, is all I can say of this piece from VixenJewels.


There are so many wonderful pieces to look at, it's hard to choose.  Feel free to check out all of the artisans sites at  http://www.polymerclaysmooshers.blogspot.com/.  You certainly won't be disappointed.

Til next time, remember.... 
"Opportunities multiply as they are seized."
- Sun Tzu

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Peaceful Pastels

The Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild has weekly blog rings.  This weeks topic is pastels. 

What do you think of when you hear the word pastel?  I think of spring….  What do you think of when you know spring is coming?  I think of warm sunshine, clear blue skys, birds singing, and, gentle breezes that bring the wonderful fragrance of freshly blooming flowers.  With polymer clay, the beautiful colors of these flowers can be replicated and turned into striking pieces of jewelry. 

I love this set with shades of pink by AmazingDesigns. 

Just look at the detail in this pendant by Into the Dawn Designs.  {She also has matching earrings!}

Simple, yet what a statement by Valerie’s Stuff!


This is just a very small sample of the gifted artisans that belong to the Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild.  Take some time to relax, put your feet up, smell the flowers and take a trip into the world of polymer clay.  

Til next time, remember…. "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hi and welcome!

Hi, my name is Jan.  Welcome to my blog.  I must admit I am a newbie to all of this technology stuff, so please have patience with me.

My daughters, Kristen, Jordan, and I started a small craft business in 2009.  We make handmade jewelry, using crystals, glass beads and polymer clay.  It's a small enterprise; home-based, started with the plan to participate in local craft shows.  Now we also have a shop on ArtFire {I'll put a link in for those who want to take a gander!} where we are certified handmade artisans.

I decided to set up this blog to talk about my love of polymer clay, network with other artisans, and hopefully, obtain feedback on some of my work.  More importantly, I want to encourage all those that have a desire to start creating.  I am someone who has always loved to create and found this wonderful medium to use in my jewelry designs.  I don't have an art background like so many polymer clay artisans do, {I'm a Registered Nurse by profession}...so, don't let that stop you from expressing your creativity.  There are many wonderful, talented artisans out there and tons of resources one can find if they just have the patience to look.

The address to our ArtFire site:  

I recently joined the Polymer Clay Smooshers.  You can look at their blog at:


Here you can have access to additional ArtFire links, and let me tell you, these are some gifted artisans.  Browse around and enjoy.

I have included a few of my pieces made with polymer clay.  Among the many variety of techniques there are, I just love swirling different colors together {the heart below is a self mixed pink and translucent} to see what comes out.  The round pendant at the beginning of this entry was made with red, gold, black and translucent clay.  One of the first things I learned when researching polymer clay is, don't throw away clay you think you have messed up.  Even scraps of clay can be combined to make something striking.

In closing for today, I hope to be able to show many other artisans works, talk a little about my life, and definitely encourage those interested in pursuing this art form.  So come back often, leave a comment or ask a question.  I'll be glad to help if I can.

Til next time keep in mind..... A person may not remember the words you spoke to them, but they will remember how you made them feel.