Thursday, September 3, 2009
KAREN SKILLETT - Polymer Clay Jewelry
Karen Skillett is a jewelry artist who uses polymer clay to create her unique designs. Karen incorporates her polymer clay beads with ceramic and crystal beads. Each piece of jewelry is one-of-a-kind and made entirely by hand. The technique used for her beads is millefiore, the same method developed in Venice, Italy in the 11th century to make glass beads. Different colors of clay are hand mixed, then layered and pieced together to create an intricate loaf or “cane”. These canes are then sliced crosswise and combined into detailed miniature sculptures and beads. Finally, all finished jewelry is heated to become permanently hard. The resulting work of art is durable, light-weight, and colorfast.