My “Klimt” bracelets

I’ve gone off in a fun new direction with my jewelry lately and it’s all my dear friend Judy’s fault! I say this with great affection and admiration for an artist I consider to be THE mixed media queen extraordinaire. She has inspired me more than words can say.

A couple of months ago, Judy introduced me to painting on polymer clay and a whole new world opened up to me. That day, we made some ATCs but I got a notion to go in a different direction and make a pendant. And then I went home and started making trays of little components for earrings and bracelets and… thing led to another….and my “Klimt” bracelets were born. The rubber stamp I used reminds me of the shapes from the paintings of Gustav Klimt, especially his well known painting called “The Kiss”.

I am having the grandest time with my paintbrush and new hoard of Golden fluid acrylic paints! So many gorgeous colors. Yum.

I used ecru colored polymer clay as my base and cut out some square components from my stamped sheet. Then many joyful painting sessions ensued!

Knowing that bracelets have the tendency to twirl around as you’re wearing them, I wanted a clasp component that would incorporate seamlessly into the design.

I was a little nervous because I’ve never made a toggle clasp before and wasn’t quite sure how what was in my head would manifest into a physical clasp.

I’m happy to report that it works!

Stay tuned for my earring creations…

“The world is but a canvas to our imaginations.”

~Henry David Thoreau


31 comments on “My “Klimt” bracelets

  1. sue considine says:

    Karen, i love these fun braclets. The color combinations sre great! I hope our granddaughter is blessed with your artistic talent..

  2. artandtea says:

    Thanks Sue, you are so kind! I am looking forward to playing and making art with Ella!

  3. Brooke says:

    I really like how the clasp matches the rest of the bracelet – both are very pretty!

  4. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much Brooke!

  5. Heather Wills says:

    Way cool creations Karen~ I love the colors you used. The toggle clasps are very innovative!

  6. Cindy says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!! You must be so thrilled to accomplish something this grand…all handmade even down to the toggle. I love the color combinations, especially the blues.

  7. Judy says:

    WOW!!! Well, you have taken my breath away. Those came out gorgeous. LOVE THEM!!! So glad you were inspired.

  8. Judy says:

    p.s… thank you for your kind words and the shout out.. you’re a great friend and that’s what it’s all about… sharing.

  9. Janine says:

    Fabulous design idea and truly yummy colors!
    It may inspire me to go a new direction painting on the clay instead of creating the ever-time consuming canes. Thanks!

  10. Dora says:

    Wow, Karen, these are absolutely gorgeous ! Love the clasps, great design.

  11. artandtea says:

    Thanks Heather, I was so glad that they worked the way they were supposed to! 🙂

    Thanks Cindy! Yes, it feels good to get what was in my imagination manifested into physical form, especially with the toggles. I even made the jumprings.

    I agree Judy, we all inspire each other! Glad you love them!

    Thanks Janine! Oh, I’m so glad to hear that I’ve inspired you to try a new direction with pc. This is so much fun!

    Thanks Dora, I’m glad you like them!

  12. Susan Hemann says:

    The jewelry reminds me of the Kiss too. Beautiful colors! What fun you must have had.

  13. floatingink says:

    These are brilliant. I love the way they mirror the paintings.

  14. artandtea says:

    Thanks Susan! I have such a passion for painting these little components. 🙂

    Thanks floatingink!

  15. Aimee says:

    Those are awesome! Can u make me one? 🙂

  16. artandtea says:

    Any color you want, my dear. 🙂

  17. frivolitea says:

    oh my goodness those are wonderful bracelets!!!

  18. Arline says:

    Those are terrific, Karen! What an inspiration you had.

  19. artandtea says:

    I felt very inspired to create them, Arline, thanks for your kind words!

  20. […] the following weeks going off in my own direction with what I had learned that day. I created some painted polymer clay bracelets, very different from anything I had ever created […]

  21. Lora'sRobas says:

    I love your colors 🙂

  22. isa07 says:

    Merveillous !!!

  23. So inspirational! I love Klimt

  24. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much! 🙂

  25. Michelle says:

    Just beautiful and inspiring!! Do you have any suggestions on how I could learn how to make a polymer clay toggle, and how to paint/finish polymer clay? Have you written tutorials or books? Thank you!

    • artandtea says:

      Thanks so much, Michelle! Your kind words about my work are much appreciated. I haven’t written any tutorials or books. This is a painting technique that I learned from a friend, Judy Shea, who makes the most wonderful mixed media art. I used Golden acrylic paints and sanded the polymer clay first to give it some “tooth”. As far as the toggle, as you can see, I just cut out a shape inside one of the square shapes to make a hole for the toggle to fit through. I suggest playing around with it and see what works for you. That’s basically what I did and it was loads of fun painting and experimenting! Enjoy! All the best, Karen

  26. Patt Word says:

    Karen -I am in love with your work and especially THE RUBBER STAMP. Please tell me where I can buy this one.Thanks in advance

    • artandtea says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Patt! I purchased that rubber stamp at a show I attended in Springfield, MA. I’m sorry that I can’t remember the vendor’s name as it was many years ago.

  27. Erin says:

    I have been admiring these for some time! They are fantastic! Where did you get the stamp you used for them?

    • artandtea says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Erin! I purchased that rubber stamp at a show I attended in Springfield, MA. I’m sorry that I can’t remember the vendor’s name as it was many years ago.

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