A Special Piece of Jewelry – Part V

My eyeballs are about ready to fall out.  I have been working on a very special piece of jewelry for three days now, trying to get it just right.


Here you see my set-up for making a polymer clay stamp that will be used to imprint metal clay.  The purple polymer clay, a clear roller and letters in a wood box are the main tools.  The cards are a low tech way to roll the clay out to a uniform thickness.  I put an equal number of cards on either side of the clay and as I roll, I keep the roller ends on the cards.  The clay, in between the cards, is rolled out to the thickness of the card stack.  Hey, whatever works!  The rest of the items are “tools” I’ve found around the house.  An old apple corer, a couple of lipsticks and stick foundation – all wonderful for making different size circles.  I’m always evaluating everyday items for something usable in my art –  wonderful textures and shapes are waiting to be found – one just needs to remember to look.

With tools in place and clay rolled, I cut out a circle, with a smaller concentric circle within.  Then the fun began.  I wanted to imprint “a dog leaves a paw print on . . .” circumferentially, on the front.  Sounds easy.  Well, here I am, three days later to let you know it isn’t!  Roll clay, cut out circles, imprint – and repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat – until it’s perfect.  Right now, my left engineer brain is fighting with my right artist brain.  The trial piece below looks pretty good at first glance.  But I see too much space between the letters in the word “leaves.”  So more rolling, cutting and imprinting until I come up with a “neat but organic” look that would make both sides of my brain happy.  I do like the paw!  The pink silicone mold I made was from a reduced size print of our dear Miss Perky’s paw.  It’s the real thing!

Have you figured out exactly which non-profit will benefit from this necklace, when it is complete?  I may have a little contest down the road, so start guessing!


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4 Responses to A Special Piece of Jewelry – Part V

  1. Dee August 26, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    Cool Maria,
    I really enjoyed reading about your process for getting started on the stamps. I totally agree with looking at everything as art or how it can help me with my work..it’s almost crazy..I see nothing for what it really is anymore!! Lovely job and still can’t wait for the finished pieces! Glad your feeling better!!

  2. Maria August 30, 2009 at 7:14 am #

    Thanks Dee. Surfaces are the worst (actually best!) I’m always making silicone molds of interesting textures to use down the road – wood, brick, coral, fabric, etc. There’s nothing wrong with “repurposing,” right?

  3. Michele Martin September 10, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    It was good seeing you at the SCWBEC meeting this morning. Let me know as soon as the ‘dog tags’ are available. I definately want to purchase one in memory of my little lost Yorkie, Rocky.

    See you at the SBPWN meeting later in the month.

  4. Maria September 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    Michele, thanks for visiting my site. I was saddened to hear of your poor Rocky. They find a place in our hearts so quickly, don’t they? I will be sure to let you know when I have Perky’s Paw available.