Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Trying new things....bracelets, bracelets, bracelets!

Although I have been busy working on 100 pendants that will be included in the GBK Gift Lounge for the Oscars in February, 2012, I have managed to finally come up with some bracelet designs that I like.  After making pendants, necklaces, and the occasional pair of earrings, I needed to try something new!  I guess I was waiting for inspiration to strike, and it did when I created this necklace:

  I liked how the bright colors and design of this necklace conveyed a playful feeling, so I decided to use the same theme for this bangle bracelet:

My next idea was to make a square bangle, and use those cheerful, bright colors as stripes rather than dots:

Next, I started thinking about making a cuff bracelet.  I found a great tutorial by Donna Kato on HGTV.  I utilized her construction technique, which uses embedded wire to add strength, and added one of my open locket pendant forms: 

It is a good thing polymer clay is lightweight, because I seem drawn to making "statement" bracelets!  I plan on making more in the above styles, and will be working on some new ideas as well. 

Finally, I want to congratulate my team members from The Artisan Group for being so well received at the GBK Primetime Emmy's Gift Lounge.  Also, be sure check out and "like" The Artisan Group facebook page for a chance to win some great prizes when they reach 2000 fans! 

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Welcome to my first post in my new blog! I will be sharing about my adventures in jewelry making and life.
I am not quite sure what the blogging experience will bring, but I am ready for the journey.......

I want to thank Sharon from Plumrose Lane for the beautiful blog theme she designed for me! She did an amazing job turning my vague ideas into a perfect expression of the mood and feeling I had in mind.
She is super talented and intuitive. Check out her incredible blog and etsy shop!

I opened my studio Kathryn Designs on Artfire a few months ago, after not making or selling jewelry for about a year. I did not realize how much I missed creating with polymer clay! I am very excited about my Artfire shop and I am looking forward to adding more items every week. Currently, the items I have listed are works in polymer clay and resin. I hope to add some metal clay pieces as well.

One of THE most exciting things that has occurred for me was being accepted into The Artisan Group. They are an incredible group of talented artisans who gift their art/products to celebrities at major celebrity events such as The Oscars, The Golden Globes, and The Primetime Emmys. They are an exclusive and juried group, and I was honored to become a member.

As a member of The Artisan Group, I will be creating 100 handcrafted pendants to be included in celebrity swag bags at the 2012 Oscars. Stay tuned for pictures and updates about my progress!
Thanks for reading and please visit again.