The medium I use for my jewelry is polymer clay. After tuning the clays for color, strength and consistency, I puzzle-piece together patterned blocks of polymer clay. If I have done a good job of conditioning so that all clays have the same “squeeze-factor,” I can stretch the block without distorting the pattern and thus reduce the scale of my designs. I then use slices cut from the blocks as collage elements in my jewelry. My process is similar to the centuries-old millefiori techniques of glassmakers. I additionally use silver and pure gold leaf. My jewelry is not painted but is a combination of colored polymer clay and precious metal.
I am an innovator in this medium, and have pioneered techniques that I now teach nationally. I operate a one-gal studio and am the sole creator of my pieces.