It was also great to talk to people attending workshops and to see how excited they were about the new skills they’d picked up and I completely understand that as I was lucky enough to take a mixed media workshop with our own Jenny Davies-Reazor. Jenny’s class gave us a start on developing the skills to combine polymer clay, metal and ceramic cabochons as shown in these pieces of hers…
|Mixed media amulets by Jenny Davies-Reazor|
Metal working was one of my first jewellery making passions but I’ve never really felt the urge to get into polymer clay until I saw how well they worked together in this layered approach. This is the piece I made in the workshop and though not perfect I was pretty pleased with it…
|Cabochon by Diana Ptaszynski|
Needless to say as soon as I got home I ordered myself some supplies and set to work at having a go on my own and this was my first piece using a ceramic cabochon my Marsha Neal…
The process uses simple cold connections such as tab settings and staples to combine the elements into a sturdy focal piece. I know Jenny is hoping to teach similar classes at events next year so if you get the opportunity to attend one I would thoroughly recommend it.
This was a pretty large piece so I haven’t quite decided how to use it yet but my second piece has already been made in to a necklace called ‘From Darkness Comes Light’. I used one of Jenny’s Celestial face cabochons with a sleepy expression and made a sun ray tab setting, Set against the dark blue of the sun stone beads and the tint of the polymer it evokes for me the dawning of a new day.
Well by then I was well and truly hooked and just had to make another one, this time using a pretty butterfly cabochon (again by Jenny) in warm rich tones. I haven’t had a chance to make this one up yet but it’s sitting on my work bench with a selection of possible beads for when I do.
Taking Jenny’s workshop has had an added benefit in that it’s also made me think about other ways of using cold connections and different mediums in my designs. This pendant combines a lampwork cabochon by Caroline Dewison with copper and a setting made from a vintaj brass flower blank connected with rivets.
|Ceramic cabochon by Caroline Dewison leather flower by H M Creative supplies|