Molded from paper thin shells, these polymer clay pendants are sure to catch a curious eye. Shades of deep Aubergine change into shades of bronze and copper. The lines of the original shell can be seen and felt as well as very small mica flakes that are embedded and adhered to the surface of the shell, front and back. The center of the shell has a large Swarovski crystal in the unusual shade of Tabac. The colors and mica are sealed to preserve color, protect the design from handling and maintain shine.
I hand hammered red brass into swirling loops and attached copper balls with brass wire to them to give the piece a finished feel. Oil rubbed bronze ear wires.
I found these paper thin shells on the beach in Carmel, CA on my honeymoon nearly 13 years ago. I’ve never known quite what to do with them. Now that I’m designing jewelry these became a source of inspiration. At once I knew I had to make a mold of them and try my hand at making over nature in my own artistic way. The shells are so thin I was worried they would break in the molding process but they did not. Yeay!
After carefully setting the polymer clay in the mold I had fun with painting stains and metallic finishes onto the clay and mica powder.