Friday, March 23, 2012

Quilt Block Inspired Jewelry

For quite some time I had been studying traditional style quilt block patterns and experimenting with various methods for mixing the clay in which to give a more textile look to our pieces.  Here are a few  brooch-pendants and earrings we have created using a combination of several techniques.

This is a little peek into how our pieces are created:

1.  Our clay colors are mixed and then formed into various shapes.

2.  The shapes are then arranged to create a pattern in what is called a "cane".  A special Y peeler (from Dan Cormier) is used to create nice even slices from the cane.

3.  The cane slice is then formed into a jewelry piece such as a pendant, bead or earring pieces.  They are all then hand "stitched" with a needle tool.

4.  The findings are attached by embedding them in clay for added strength.  Our signature logo is stamped for authenticity.

The pieces are then baked at a precise temperature and then go through a process of sanding and buffing.

We are happy to announce that the quilt patterned jewelry pieces shown here with an assortment of other styles are now available and for sale at Katja's Quilt Shoppe in Kamloops.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I love that quilt and thanks for the link to the peeler! I remember it mentioned and couldn't remember where to find it.