The way we make our jewelry is called caneworking. It's a way of building pictures and designs that uses precisely layered pieces of pigmented polymer clay. Different shapes and colors of clay are fitted together in a slab so that when a piece is sliced from the end, the picture is revealed.
|Large, complex leopard cane made up of many colors, ready to be reduced and recombined.|
|Sliced Fimo polymer clay. The clay comes already pigmented, but it is mixable much like paint. In the following cane, I have used three different colors or clay: tan, brown and dark brown.|
|After the cane is reduced, it is cut up into smaller sections and recombined to repeat the design.|
|Reducing, or stretching the cane. This cements the colors together and solidifies the design. When the cane is reduced, it is stretched out, but the colors inside stretch with it.|
|Slices are applied to the outside of a raw polymer clay ball to cover its surface. Then the ball is smoothed into a bead. These beads become a part of Em's Gems whimsical jewelry.|
|Once the cane is reduced to the correct size for the project, it is sliced to reveal the design. These slices become pins, earrings or beads.|