About polymer clay:
Polymer clay is a bakeable synthetic modelling clay made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Much like the PVC you would find at hardware store, polymer clay is waterproof and lightweight. Cured polymer clay items can be worn in the rain or shower and can be light enough not to pull your earlobes down.
Another great feature of polymer clay is the durability of the finished product. Unlike ceramic or porcelain clay, properly cured and manufactured polymer clay pieces should not break as easily as they have a little flex to them. However, of course, it will break if you are determined to break it.
A little side note to demonstrate its durability: I have accidentally put one of my brooches through the washer and dryer several times (oops), and it survived...unscathed! It is not scratched, and still looks new despite the adventures I have put it through.
The techniques I predominantly use are Millefiori and Mokume Gane. Such techniques do not require any paint or ink. Paint is only used after a piece is cured to accentuate textures and lines that I etched by hand. In order to achieve images, layers of different coloured clay are manipulated and rolled to form a log (called canes) that can resemble a sushi roll or a licorice log. Thin slices are taken from these canes to build a more intricate design for a piece. Each slice I take from this cane is the same image all the way along the length of the cane with the exception of the ends where distortion takes place.
Once a piece is cured, it is sanded underwater and buffed to get a smooth and satin finish. I do not apply finishing on my work (unless indicated) so that each piece is waterproof and as low maintenance as possible. Since each piece is handmade, my work is one-of-a-kind and no two pieces are exactly alike.
Have a look at this demonstration video I recorded:
What are the jewellery findings made of?
I prefer to use surgical steel when making jewellery for two purposes:
1) stainless steel does not tarnish or rust allowing the piece to be low maintenance and easy to care for;
2) a majority of my customer base are sensitive/allergic to most metals. I have so much as had customers purchase a pair of earrings, put them on while at my booth, walked around for 3 hours, and excitedly returned to let me know that their ears/skin did not have any allergic reaction to the jewellery findings.
All non-surgical steel products would be indicated in the description.
Polymer clay is not food safe. Avoid the use of oil-based substances, harsh chemicals, solvents or perfume on polymer clay pieces. For general cleaning, a damp cloth may be used to wipe the surface. In the case that it becomes dirty, the polymer clay piece can be gently washed with dish soap and lukewarm water. For best results, let dry and gently buff with a clean microfiber cloth.
Returns and exchanges are accepted up to 7 days after delivery/purchase for items in its original condition. Please note that all sale and custom items are final sale and are not accepted for returns or exchanges.
In the event that your order arrives damaged, please send an email to email@example.com as soon as possible with an attached photo and your order number or the name of the market your purchase was made. I address these on a case-by-case basis and will try my best to work towards a satisfactory solution.
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