I have been creating these designs for over 25 years, and I still get tons of comments when I wear them. And my customers tell me the same thing.
It’s funny, since I began working in sterling silver and gold, I sometimes forget how fun the clay creation can be. But now whenever I get a custom order, I feel like I’ve recaptured the old joy.
Here are some of the best things about polymer clay daily wear:
- If your polymer clay jewelry gets a little dirty, all you have to do is gently scrub it with a little dish soap and an old tooth brush!
- The colors never fade, at least as far as I can tell…
- Polymer clay jewelry is lightweight. Even the weight of a large necklace is unnoticeable
When I first discovered this medium back in the early 80s, I couldn’t get enough of those beautiful, bright colors. And when I started to work as a professional polymer clay artist, it only got better. There is something very special about getting paid to create beautiful things, and I felt like I had really found the medium I wanted to work in for a very long time. Which is exactly what I did.
I think it’s funny now, but back in the late 1980s I actually took my clay jewelry around to offices in little towns and cities in Marin County, California to sell. And people bought from me! I gained quite a following there, and some of my customers from that era are still with me today. (Luckily they didn’t just decide I was nuts) Or maybe they did, but they thought I was an endearing kind of nut.
Anyway, after all those many years, I seem to have come full circle. In between the 1980s and now my main focus as an artist shifted to sterling silver, gold, pewter and enamel jewelry. And the polymer clay sat on the back burner. The only pieces I created were for people who had heard about my polymer clay jewelry from someone else. I didn’t promote it. I didn’t really have very much about it on my website.
But I’ve always had veterinary customers who ordered their name badges in polymer clay, often representing the favorite animal of each employee. Those are just a joy to make! Imagine wearing a representation of your favorite pet every day at work. Think about the questions and comments you would hear! The opportunities to brag about your little yorkie, Great Dane, Pit Bull, bunny or cat!
And I do have a section on my site for custom orders, which for the most part means: polymer clay! Check out all these possibilities, and let me know what you would like me to make for you!