I wanted to write down a quick blurb about caring for polymer clay jewellery - whether you've purchased a piece or are thinking about it - maybe you're wondering how do I care for it?
From my experience working with polymer clay for about a year now, I've found that polymer clay is WAY more durable than I expected. In fact, it's far more durable than crystals (I mean, crystals are pretty much glass and should be treated as such..)
Remember this necklace? (it's mine!! HAHAH!!)
Well I was at Edmonton Expo and it got dropped on the hard concrete floor .... and wouldn't you believe it's fine!
Now I'm not saying go around dropping crystal necklaces on the ground - but - in the event that it does maybe slip through your fingers and bonk the ground, chances are the stones will be damaged before the clay.
I recently left some pendants outside in the cold Alberta winter, and then brought them in, tugged them and they didn't budge out of the clay. When they warmed up, again I gave a good few tugs and they didn't budge!
The leaves MAY lift, if you play with them and get your nails under them. I do my best to make sure everything is snug, and if I notice lifting I will usually put a bit of super glue under there to smooth it out.
Clay is porous! This means do not put clear nail polish or other varnish on it (I recently made this mistake with Liquitex - OOPS!)
From what I've read, polymer clay is relatively waterproof - But I would refrain from wearing your polymer clay crystal jewellery in water to protect the metals!
Over all I've been pleasantly surprised with polymer clay as an art medium and especially as a jewellery medium. Very durable and customizable. I wear the necklace shown above very often, and handle it often. It's always with me in my backpack!
So if you've been checking out my pieces but wondering " hmm. isn't that pretty fragile? " I hope I've answered that question for you! Don't be afraid of the clay :)
If you'd like to see what clay jewellery is currently available, head over to my etsy shop!
Thanks for reading and I hope you're having a fantastic day!
I recently purchased some super large, flashy and wonderful labradorite cabochons from an Etsy seller out of Ontario - Some of these cabochons will be used to make bangles and some, like the one featured in this blog post, will be used to create incredible pendants!
Lately I've been playing with the idea of putting out weekly videos of stuff I'm making - hopefully I can stick with it without the channel getting too repetitive as I batch make a lot of similar items!
So if you'd like to see how this pendant was made - you can check it out on my youtube channel or by watching the video below!
(Also I have no idea where that chipmunk sound is coming from at the beginning of the video hahaah!!!)
Thanks for stopping by :)
Somehow I managed to stay on top of my "don't miss the deadlines this year" plan an managed to register for two great events in Okotoks!!
Presented by Okotoks MarketSquare, I will be vending both their Spring Fling May 12 & 13 AND! AAAAND!! Their Christmas Market held in conjuction with Millarville Farmers Market Christmas Market .. market.
More info can be found here >> http://www.themarketsquare.ca/
I've got a few new projects on the go, including bangle bracelets - so stay tuned for more information on those projects!
So who reads these anyways?
I'm not sure but if you read this, I appreciate you!
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Have a great rest of your day
Sometimes I think I might be part magpie...
Seems I can't leave my house without bringing new gems home (whoops!)
This week I went to Soul Food Crystals and Books and bought this:
And in the same day I ALSO went to Earth Gems and bought these (agate slices):
And If THAT wasn't enough...
Today I went to Friends and Gems at Crossroads Farmers Market and bought these:
Some people are addicted to buying shoes...
I am addicted to buying gemstones!
Many of the items I bought this week are already made into jewellery - keep an eye out on my
to find them listed for sale!
Have a great weekend everyone!!
As many of you may have noticed, I'm a little obsessed with making clay jewellery... So it's no surprise that today I made - you guessed it - more clay jewellery!
But this time it's a new twist on an old favourite design I released in 2015 - Antler pendants! The earlier pendants featured wire and pyrite and plenty of adhesive. In attempts to make a more long lasting durable pendant, I've scrapped the wire and glue for the clay!
Here are two photos of three pendants currently cooking
Earlier this week I conducted a test with a raw opal to make sure it wouldn't melt in the oven and I was elated to find that the opal was undamaged during the trial bake!
These necklaces will be posted for sale on Etsy as early as this weekend
Have a wonderful day and stay warm eh!
Woah man I am bad at posting on here regularly! It will now be in my agenda to make at least one blog post per week!
Since we started this lovely new year, I've been hard at work making new clay products - Pendulums!
Currently only in silver - these gemstone point pendants feature hand made polymer clay leaves and come complete with a chain or cord (chain up to 35" long and the cord is 17-19" with an extender chain)
These necklaces are $20 CAD and available in a wide range of stones
More coming soon inculding smaller stones and some will be made in antique brass (of course)
I've also been dabbling in making sterling silver clay rings :O
See photos below :)
Today I'm finishing up these pendulums, while enjoying a wonderful documentary "Deepest Part of The Oceans" - The Earth really is so amazing.
I hope you're having a wonderful and warm new year!
Until next time...
I added another video to this post, because it's currently blowing my mind :)
As 2016 nears its end I wanted to write a post of lessons and changes I learned to make over the last 12 months.
As you can see, (or maybe you are visiting for the first time!) I've brought back my former website!
I decided to give Pattern a try for "webhosting" for a few months and found it was a disaster. Not only was I not able to share important content such as my bio, gallery, and events, I was unable to really connect with my clients on any personal level. While the pattern site was clean and looked nice, it was essentially a jacked up Etsy store and I found it to be pretty impersonal.
I also discovered that most of my online shoppers prefer to use Etsy over a private website to make purchases, and as a result - I will only be selling online through Etsy - HOWEVER you can still contact me for private orders paid via PayPal or picked up in person, as always I'm flexible on orders!
I didn't have many shows this fall, mostly due to a business deal gone bad. I was supposed to have a spot at a farmers market for 6 months to a year. But after the manager was fired, and no one notified me, my file was just forgotten, and when I enquired, the rates were suddenly doubled.
So with that behind me I propelled forward putting more work into my online presence.
From that also stemmed the birth of my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT_PBkJeEQlbjfWWNKbKnHQ ) where I’ve begun to film the process of making jewellery!
These videos aren’t instructional at this time, but more just to show the process of what I do to make pieces of jewellery.
2016 marks the year I got into polymer clay as a jewellery medium – my roommate Jace makes polymer clay sculptures and after conducting a bit of research I wanted to give it a try.
It’s pretty much all I want to do now – with the possibilities being nearly endless.
This year I also threw caution to the wind and decided that my inner spiritual weirdo can finally come out not baring fear of judgement from my peers.
I’ve worked very hard on my personal growth above all this year, and I’ve never felt more like myself.
So what’s in store for 2017?
At this point I’ve completely lost my train of thought so I’ll just end this here!
Happy Holidays to all, near and far, and all the best in 2017!
May we all be happy, healthy, and prosperous in the New Year!
I've had to make some decisions about the online future of JLP Designs - and I've decided that I will no longer provide items for sale direct from this website. I've had a lot of issues with my web provider and it's just easier to move everything over to Etsy - I will still offer custom orders (of course) and I can send paypal invoices for those who don't have an etsy account or who do not wish to purchase through Etsy.
I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause - it's just better for inventory control to have an online platform that will perform as it should!!
That said, I'll be moving over 150 items from www.jlpdesigns.ca to www.etsy.com/shop/jlpdesigns
Please be patient! And as always, if there's anything you're looking for, please e-mail me and I'll get back to you within a few hours!
May has arrived and with it a whirlwind of changes!
I've finally figured out how to set up shipping on this website based on size and weight to better serve you with your shopping experience.
Shipping upgrades are available on purchases for those who would like to have tracking.
I am working hard on stocking up the website and etsy with new products
I am running a promotion starting on the 15th of May until May 31, 2016 - Posting here first, and will officially announce it in two days!
Stay tuned for more :)
2016 has been a year of big changes in a short time.
Over the course of these last few months I've been working to add new pages and information to this website so better serve you!
These pages (currently) include:
detailed shipping information, and gemstone meanings.
I am constantly updating the gemstone meanings page as my use of new gemstones increases.
I will also be adding a variety of new items to the store, and am committed to adding new items weekly to this website and etsy! (After Calgary Expo!)
I am also delighted to announce that I am now accepting debit at shows! If you're local, please head over to my events page and come say Hi at a market!
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