Studio Wednesday

About a year and a half ago, I took a Talisman workshop at the Center at Westwoods in Westwood, MA. In the workshop, we did an exercise to find a word that would best represent the talisman we were going to create in PMC. The exercise involved choosing images we were drawn to from a large pile on a table and then meditating and journaling about a word that we thought of when gazing at those images. My word was “connect”. I then created a small charm for each letter and later made a bracelet with my letter charms. Whenever I wear my talisman bracelet, I am reminded of my word and its special meaning for me. It represents the authentic connections I have in my life, both inner and outer, and how important those connections are to me.

Here is the definition of a talisman from the Merriam Webster dictionary.

1 : an object held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good fortune
2 : something producing apparently magical or miraculous effects

This past summer I found an old stash of faux jade polymer clay I had created years ago at one of my polymer clay guild meetings. I created a pendant with the Kanji character for “beauty”. When I sat down at my worktable today, I pulled out the faux jade again with the intention of creating some more Kanji inspired pendants. Instead, I thought of my talisman bracelet and took out my letter stamps and created some word charms. I also made one out of black clay and Pearl-ex powders.

The charms are pictured above before sanding.  They’ll have much more of a green jade color once I sand away the red paint. Right now the paint gives the clay a pinkish cast. After baking, I drilled a hole in the top and bottom of each charm.

I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do with my charms but creating them today in my warm, cozy studio next to a roaring fire lent a sweet magical feeling to my day.

5 comments on “Studio Wednesday

  1. Steph W says:

    Lovely! I hope you’ll show them post-sanding, too!

  2. artandtea says:

    Thanks Steph! I’d be happy to!

  3. How big are these Karen? I need charms for bracelets my niece wants me to make. She wants specific words that can’t all be found ready to buy so I am trying to come up with how to make some nice ones. These look nice. With a hole at top and bottom, how do you use these? And how do you drill something so small? Do you use an electric drill? I’ve got books but they don’t seem to answer my specific questions. For one thing, how have the charms held up for you in actual use? If you know of a book that answers all of these questions maybe you can point me to it. Otherwise I’d really appreciate the answers. Your charms look high quality and that’s what I am looking for.

  4. These are wonderful, Karen!

  5. artandtea says:

    Hi Timaree, I’ll e-mail you privately with the answers to your questions.

    Thanks so much, Kathy!

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