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    T thornton on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “Love the Misty look. Like a lake in Scotland.I love the thought you put into it.…” read »

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    T thornton on “Spring Birds”:
    “I am in love with these. Couldn't be any more perfect. Your an amazing artist. Keep…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
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    Fresh Baked on “Easy Does It”:
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    Fresh Baked on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Great to share this time of year with proms and weddings!…” read »

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    kye on “Finally”:
    “I wondered what you were going to do with that beautiful focal. You certainly did it…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Another gorgeous work of art!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
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    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
    “RockyD, just saw your note...the leaves are from Lima--#42368--but they are out of stock right now.…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

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    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
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    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “OK....this is totally the look I'm trying to achieve, but sadly never do! I'm in…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Finally”:
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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow Robert. This is a gorgeous design and the workmanship is excellent. Into my…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “These are all beautiful Moogie. I didn't realize you could do kumihimo with larger beads…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

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made with My Own...


About this design:

Many of you know I have been making polymer clay pieces. I saved some of them for me... and created some earrings.
What do you think?

Components:

Polymer clay. Findings... mostly parawire... A few things from my stash.

Additional Images:



Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Julie, These earrings are gorgeous.

  2. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Julie, are the bottom beads sort of purple? And how long are they?

  3. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    These are all TOO COOL Julie! I particularly lust after those dark blue wave pieces, which sold before I could buy them. Hint..hint…make more for me maybe? ;)

  4. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    These are awesome. I love the purple with the leaves.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    These are awesome Julie!

  6. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Wow! They are all fabulous, can’t pick a favorite.

  7. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    They are all so awesome, Julie! I can’t pick a favorite! You go girl :)

  8. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Fabulous results, Julie, with the PC – - and your earring designs are deserving of such fab components, too ! Love these and think you’ve found a new niche.

  9. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Ooooo, Aahhh, Totally fantastic! I luv,luv,luv them all!!!!!!! Great job! :)

  10. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Theyr’e all great. What a great art form this is.
    I really like the little fishies the best. How adorable are they? I think hte dark wavy ones look like Mother of Pearl at first glance,which I mean as a huge compliement. I just love it when clay looks like natural elements. That alone is an art,I think.
    Beautiful work. :)

  11. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    Well, everybody my ‘thunder’ again; I slept too late (11a.m.); I was up ’til 3a.m. reading “The Rope” by Nevada Barr.
    I love all of them, but especially the first ones

  12. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    ….. everybody STOLE my ….

  13. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    THANK YOU!!! You all continue to give me confidence to move on!
    I do (finally) have an etsy shop (JustADrop) which lists my jewelry and the poly-clay beads. I have a BUNCH more to list soon-ish….. I created and baked last weekend and I will gild/color/paint this weekend. So yes, they’ll be available soon-ish. SORRY to be so vague, but my 9th and 10th grade students do take up most of my time. Can’t wait til summer!!!!! :)

    Here are a few pics of what I have yet to do….. I’ve been “experimenting with tan or ecru or beige….. Angela, the blues are for you! :)
    The golden/bronze pieces are a “whim” but they might be really cool with the gilders paste. We’ll have to wait and see……

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  14. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    btw: my Etsy shop is “JustADrop” and your comments and critiques are most welcome!!! :)

  15. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you Julie for the blues and I LOVE anything astrological! I also like the middle set, it looks so tribal and I can’t wait to wee what colors you apply to them! The first set is too cool to! :)

  16. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Not “astrological”, but “astronomical” and not “wee”, but “see”. Ha ha, I’m a goofball tonight. Sorry, I’m typing faster than my brain is working. ;)

  17. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    WOW!!! Your brain is still working??? I am awake but my brain is on “pause” for tonight!!! :)

  18. Asia
    Asia says:

    Beautiful, love them all but my favorite are the 2nd and 3rth, you know that,as I faved them on Etsy a few days ago, I can’t believe how busy you are with poly, you rock :D

  19. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I found Julie’s shop and made a few purchases – in particular the first set of earrings. Can’t wait ot see them in person and wear them.

  20. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    My jewelry box is calling!!

  21. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    These are lovely Julie, I would wear them now ! You’re clever to make them with the clay too, very lovely.

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