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My endeavors with polymer clay lend creative expression to my ongoing quest to seek the infinite within the finite. I find polymer clay to be an extraordinary medium for unifying pedantic ponderings into visual and kinesthetic reflections. The design results can range from spontaneously unexpected to experimentally deterministic to attentively calculated. My aim is to create colorful, unique, and qualitatively durable objects; to learn, experiment, and advance; and to educate and promote polymer clay as an artistic medium.
I live in rural Pennsylvania with my husband and children. They have always been my greatest source of joy and creative inspiration. Their patience, support, dedication, guidance, and love have been invaluable and foundational for all of my endeavors with polymer clay.
Polymer clay is a man-made substance containing polyvinylchloride (commonly called "PVC") together with a plasticizer. It is a modeling medium that, when well-conditioned and properly cured, produces a strong, long-lasting, durable product. It comes in many colors and differing textures, is easy to work with, and can be purchased in most craft stores. Unlike earthen clays, polymer clay cures at 275 degrees Fahrenheit, and does not require a kiln for firing. Polymer clay remains soft and pliable until baked so it is ideal for projects that may take more than one sitting to complete. Before curing, different techniques and substances can be applied-to and/or mixed-with it to produce different effects. Pictures can also be transferred to it. Once cured, it can be sanded, painted, drawn-on, carved, back-filled, polished, or varnished. Polymer clay is a phenomenal medium with virtually limitless possibilities for the experienced artist as well as the novice.
All of my items are spiritedly handcrafted. Each piece is sculpted one-at-a-time using various techniques. Many of the designs you see are created using a technique called Millefiore. The term Millefiore means "thousand flowers." The technique was developed by Venetian glassmakers and has been used for hundreds of years. In glassmaking, rods of colored glass are fused together to form bundles, or "canes." These canes are then sliced like a loaf of bread. The front face of each slice contains the picture and these pictures could be used alone or fused to other items to create repetitive patterns. In polymer clay, rods, stacks, rolls, and other canes of clay can be bundled together to form complex images and designs. These canes can be reduced into various sizes. Just like glass canes, they can be sliced and used alone or in a veneer to form new designs and patterns. To learn more about some of the techniques and processes I use, please see my tutorials in the Education section.
Polymer clay items are very durable and should last a lifetime with proper respect and care. Certain oil-based products can react with the polymers in polymer clay and cause it to break-down over time. So, it's a good idea to put on your polymer jewelry after styling your hair and/or putting on your makeup, body lotions, perfume, etc. If your jewelry piece should become dull, you can shine it by buffing it lightly with a soft cloth. Sculptural items can be washed with mild soap and water if necessary . Polymer clay is non-toxic. Do not burn polymer clay in an open flame. Do not microwave polymer clay.
Please visit the Education section and Links pages to learn more about Polymer Clay!
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