Polymer Clay Daily – thanks!

Just a note of acknowledgement and thanks for featuring my work on Polymer Clay Daily – yesterday!

Milner’s shifting geometry

by Cynthia Tinapple on March 3, 2010 · 1 comment

Need more Synergy? Try Heather Campbell’s site, Libby Mills’ or Julie Eakes‘ blogs and Kelly Russell’s site. Maureen Carlson commented yesterday and brought up issues to think about in the polymer versus polymer clay debate. Leave your thoughts and I’ll try to pick up the thread soon.

I’m going to let the topic rest for a few days as I pack for a month-long trip out west and prepare to take this show on the road.

The necklace at the left from France’s Kylee Milner (Bijoux and Banter) popped up as I was catching up on research. Polymer disks bump up against one another to form a shifting geometry amid the play of autumn reds.

This just in…

Elise Winters writes that while her jewelry’s debut on the fashion runways was exciting, it was, “…nowhere near as thrilling as seeing Gwen Ifill wearing my teal lattice rope necklace on the PBS news hour tonight.”

Polymer Clay Rocks!


Terra Luna_20091113_04, originally uploaded by Lunes Bijoux.

I have had a fabulous time creating a new range of designs using a variety of techniques. This is a combination of Maggie Maggio’s watercolour technique with some rough texturing ideas from Natalia Garcia de Léaniz and then the shapes from Kim Cavender’s class at Euro Clay Carnival France.

I have this currently for sale in the studio although I must admit I am really tempted to keep it for myself. I even had fun shaping my own silver clasp!

Polymer Clay really does rock.

This is part of the Terra Luna Collection.

Terra Luna_20091113_03
Terra Luna_20091113_08Terra Luna_20091113_12

Who influences your creativity?

Since starting out on the polymer clay path several years ago I have been awe struck by many an artist.

One of my most recent influences has been Ronna Sarvas Weltman and her stunning new book “Ancient Modern”. Her eathy style, vibrant colours and use of mixed media are wonderful.

I am not one to follow a specific tutorial just like I don’t like to follow a recipe in it’s entirety… so this is my take on Ancient Modern.

Luna Incantation

Pearls & Polymer – Pearlie Queen Yo

LUNA Yo perlie queen_004, originally uploaded by Lunes Bijoux.

Introducing Pearlie Queen Yo!

This creation was custom made for a client of mine who had requested I use her old pearls in a new modern lariat polymer creation.
The earrings made from polymer & sterling silver were a little present from me to her!

This was my first time making large flat beads with holes in the middle for her precious pearls. It was a delight to make and I am sure there will be variations of this in the months to come.

Addicted to Vanille Café – a unique polymer clay flavour!

It’s amazing what a good bit of buffing can do to some stunning beads. My husband Andy has spent hours polishing this design and we are both thrilled with the outcome.

I mixed my own flavours from fimo classic and premo and came up with something almost edible.

Vanille Café

Vanille Café - a unique flavour & creation by Lunes Bijoux
Vanille Café - a unique flavour & creation by Lunes Bijoux

A heir in the family loom

I haven’t shared much bijoux with you for a while.Banter has been getting in the way!

This creation is part of my B4KY Range and is made entirely of Coral. Whilst it is  nowadays illegal to remove coral from it’s natural habitat in most countries I am almost 100% sure that this coral was not gathered illegally. The coral used in this necklace dates back at least 60 years and belonged to my husband’s, father’s mother. It was passed along to my mother in law who brought it to me in a very sorry state.Having seen the devastating effect that the environment can have on coral I would hate to think that this coral was obtained in any way illegally. I would sooner admire the beauty of nature than a necklace around someone’s neck. Having said this I do occasionally wear it and it’s look stunning!

The B4KY range represents a range of jewellery or stones which already belong to someone but that need either some loving restoration work, a new lease of life or even a beginning. The following photos represent all of the above.

The amber pendant has been transformed from a brooch. My client no-longer wanted the brooch but felt that since the amber had been passed down to her she should keep it. We came up with a simple design which enabled her to wear it to dazzling effect.

The following stones are stunning and the story that goes with it is beautiful. One of my special bridal clients (who I had created the tiara, necklace & earrings for….. asked me to design two special presents for her bridesmaids. The stones were from a beach in New Zealand where she spent her honeymoon. The stones when they arrived at the studio were quite plain and non de script. We managed to drill perfect holes in them without shattering them and then string them. Fiona was delighted with the result – as were her bridesmaids.

The final was a client who was tired with a plain set of stunning pearls and felt that they needed a bit of life putting into them. She actually wanted me to create several pieces from one string. As you can see I managed to design 2 necklaces, an anklet and a stunning pair of earrings.

OK enough of Bijoux – Banter’s back on the perch. Diane with the gorgeous books over at Much of a muchnes has been letting the recent Oscar’s go to her head. What a win for France by the way! And what a beautiful woman too….not to mention her dress.

Anyway, she has honoured me with another award and I am delighted to accept it….now I did write a speech but was frightened of the response I might get particularly since the Oscar audience can be quite cutting……. YOUR OSCAR SPEECH IS BORING

So without any further ado – thanks Diane, I’ll shut up now!