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All We Need Is… Love. The February Component of the Month

January 30, 2017 , In: Design Challenge, Polymer Clay
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February. 

The depths of winter, yet snowdrops emerge reminding us that Spring will come.  Valentine’s Day – from commercialized sales of flowers and chocolate to heartfelt hand made cards. I’m sorry if I sound a bit cynical and jaded – things are tough out there right now. 

The idea for these hearts? Someone close to me who is going through some challenging things: upheaval, hurt, self exploration, rebuilding…. And while the pain is very real, the healing will come. I don’t want to sound cliche when I say the broken heart will mend, but it is true. And the scars? they are part of the whole, for we wouldn’t be who we are today without our experience; good and bad. 

Polymer and gold leaf repaired heart pendants.

Polymer/gold leaf repaired heart cabochons

The Japanese have a technique in pottery – almost a philosophy really – called “Kintsugi“. Breaks in the pottery are repaired and embellished with gold leaf. The breakage and repair is seen as part of the history of the object, rather than a flaw to disguise. Isn’t that an apt metaphor for life? 

So the scars and flaws are evident here in these hearts. I hope that these inspired you – to restore love, in your day to day, and in the world around us. If you are interested in a chance to win one of these mended Kintsugi hearts – the details are below. 

Love is love is love.

To participate in the February COM: 

  • I will give away 4 polymer hearts to winners selected randomly from those who leave a comment on this post. Please comment color choice. I’ll try to make it happen! Please noteyour comment must include your email and blog addresses so we can contact you should you win. Comments lacking this info will not be considered.
  • Please only leave a comment if you can can commit to creating a finished piece and blogging about it on the reveal date.
  • The names of the four winners will be announced on Thursday February 2nd, 2017
  • The giveaway is open to participants from all countries but please be aware, components will be mailed from the US and international postage can take up to 3 weeks.
  • The blog reveal will take place on Tuesday February 28th. 

If you aren’t chosen for the giveaway, or don’t have a blog and would still like to play along, I will be offering a few cabs and a few extra pendants for sale in my Etsy shop.  Be on the lookout this coming week. 

 

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Jenny Davies-Reazor is a mixed media artist inspired by myth, folklore and the natural world. A proud Jack-of-all-trades, she concentrated in metals and painting in art school, turned to clay during her teaching career, and is truly happiest when mixing materials in unusual ways. From clay to resin, paper to polymer... Since leaving her ceramics classroom, Jenny is always in the studio: fabricating jewelry, creating ceramic shrines and decorative tiles, and teaching in a variety of mediums. " I love sharing my passion for art, and seeing sparks light up in student's eyes..."
  1. Reply

    Love them all but those blue ones are just that little bit more yummy! Would love the chance to play with one of these!

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    Wow I love these. Beautiful work.

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    I’d heard of this Japanese tradition before but I like your musings about it and the beautiful hearts, scarred with memories but beating 🙂 I’d love to participate: rozantia@gmail.com, http://bairozan.blogspot.bg/

    • Kathy Lindemer
    • January 30, 2017
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    I would love to create something with the white heart. Very cool!

    • Jeri
    • January 30, 2017
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    Love these! Would love the the white one, if so lucky.

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    I really love the hearts. I am going thru a lot right now and really feel heartbroken and would love to create something with your heart or even buy one.
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    • Karin Grosset Grange
    • January 31, 2017
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    Fantastic hearts, I’d love to create something with them! The deep chocolate color is amazing,
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    It is a beautiful concept and I would love to participate and work with a brown or white heart. http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com and my email jewelsofsayuri(@)gmaildotcom

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    Jenny, these are beautiful! Would love to have the opportunity to work with one!!
    Blog: http://www.sallyrussick.com (New blog will be up and running this weekend!)
    Email: sallyrussick@gmail.com

    • Deb
    • January 31, 2017
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    All the cracks and scars in our hearts do make us who we are. Beautiful hearts Jenny, I really love the black one!

    • Anni
    • February 1, 2017
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    This is exactly how my heart feels after a tough night when I had to do something I never thought I would have to do. I can’t even write about it or talk about it to anyone, so I feel terribly heartbroken today. Trying to do business as usual, but it sure isn’t easy.
    I wish I could do something like that in glass. Have to think about it.
    And my colour is blue. Always blue.
    vardagsnjutning@hotmail.com
    http://vardagsnjutning.blogspot.se/

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    Hearts are dear to me and my favourite shape of all. Beautiful hearts I like all the colours but NOT green!!
    Red pendant would be my preferred choice please.

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    Those hearts are gorgeous! Please put my name in the hat.

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    http://www.ShaihasRamblings.com

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