Studio Wednesday


This week I finished 2 projects – my glazed polymer clay heart and pearl necklace and my first knitted pair of socks.


I sculpted a heart out of white Premo and after baking, carved some words onto the front and embellished with thin, extruded polymer clay snakes. Using acrylic medium and mica powder, I created a glaze and applied at least 4 layers to the heart, letting dry overnight in between applications. Using 20 gauge antiqued copper wire, I created the metal components of the necklace. The faceted lavender pearls are knotted on hand dyed silk cord. As I carefully put this necklace together, I thought about my dreams, especially the one about buying my own house.


My second sock knit up more smoothly as I knew what I was doing the second time around. I now understood about not knitting the whole round with the “waste” yarn and adjusted the instructions accordingly. Since I used bigger knitting needles – US 10 – and very thin yarn, the pattern came out lacy looking. They’ll be perfect to wear in the warmer months ahead.


Today I worked on a free-form peyote bracelet, a custom order in a fall color palette. It felt so good to get back to placing the tiny beads on my needle once again, if only for a little while. I find my shoulders hunching up with tension very quickly while I bead so I need to be very careful with that.

Today was my last official Studio Wednesday. I felt sad but am excited to begin the next phase of my life. A new adventure. A new house. All my own.

He is the happiest, be he king or peasant,

who finds peace in his home.

~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


7 comments on “Studio Wednesday

  1. Job Search says:

    I really like the Dream necklace. Very cute.

  2. sueokieffe says:

    your peyote bracelet looks like it will be a stunner. someone was wise in picking you to create her jewelry. there is something waiting for you at my blog. come and get it!

  3. judysheart says:

    Karen.. you’ve been busy.. I love the necklace, bracelet and socks.. so comfy cozy!! Seems as though everything you touch comes out just amazing.

  4. I love the Dream necklace! I can see your hearts desires in it. It looks lovely photographed with the Amethyst. And I really like the free form bracelet. That is my favorite style of Peyote stitch, since there is so much freedom to it. Hope you enjoy your new home!

  5. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my necklace, Job Search.

    Thanks so much, Sue, for your kind words about me on your blog! I’m glad you like my new free-form creation.

    Judy, you are too kind! Thank you so much. 🙂

    Thanks so much Cindy! I’m glad you like my new creations!

  6. doras_explorations says:

    Beautiful stuff, Karen ! The free form peyote bracelet is looking great, how exciting to see it evolve…
    All the best to you as you start a new phase in your life. Your new home is somewhere out there waiting for you, I’m sure you’ll know it when you’ve found it !

  7. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much Dora for your kind thoughts and wishes!

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