What do you use to make the cores of your hand-dyed beads?
All the focal beads are made by hand using an artist’s clay (also known as polymer clay). Sometimes we’ll use a paper pulp clay, but that’s pretty rare.
The lightweight nature of polymer clay makes it a perfect choice for the heart of a bead- I can create a smooth surface for the dyes and inks I use to paint my beads, and it’s incredibly comfortable to wear and will resist chipping, fading, and breakage.
Polymer clay is pretty much indestructible and much more durable than even the most hearty of ceramic and glass pieces.
Each clay piece I create has been properly conditioned, constructed, and cured. In addition, I sand and polish every piece to a high sheen and coat the piece with several coats of a high gloss glaze Varathane. The sanding and polishing process actually takes over 100 hours. The Varathane coating ensures that the dyes will not fade in sunlight or run if you get caught in the rain.
As far as dyes, inks, paints, etc.- my usual choice is a mix of permanent archival inks, liquid watercolors, and hand-blended dyes. I have my own special formulas for each color.
All jewelry pieces are finished using the highest quality materials; glass and crystal spacer beads, durable filament and coated nylon for stringing, sterling silver and gold filled wire, and high polish electroplated strong-foundation metal findings and crimp beads.
Some tips for helping your jewelry last forever:
– put your perfume on *before* your jewelry (the alcohols in perfumes can be rough on *all* beaded jewelry)
– polish your pieces every so often with a soft cloth to keep the metals from oxidizing
– store your jewelry in a soft, dry place.
What about the illustration/paintings/prints/cards, etc.?
All printed media is printed on 100% archival paper, either Epson Professional Grade papers, Epson photo papers, HP photo papers, or cold press 140 LB watercolor paper using one of two Epson professional printers using Epson archival pigment inks.
All paper goods and prints will be signed/dated very lightly.
The purchase of ANY paper good product and/or print does not transfer reproduction rights.