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If William Morris had had a Laser Cutter…

…I think he would have done something like this:

william morris laser cut flower

William Morris laser cut flower

I’ve been researching William Morris designs recently, and these are my attempts so far at creating designs suitable for the laser cutter. The papercutting is adapted from a detail of the “Kennet” design by Morris (1883), and the “S” wooden brooch is a design from 1886.

William Morris laser cut letter "S"

William Morris laser cut letter “S”

(Laser-Cut) Apple for the Teacher

July 20, 2013 1 comment

My latest commission was to create something to give to a teacher as a leaving card.

The only shapes I could think of that were associated with teachers were a blackboard, a mortarboard hat thing, an owl, and an apple. They all seemed a bit inaccurate (and/or old-fashioned), but the apple won in the end because it was a nice simple shape.

Then I cut out the names of all of the children in the teacher’s class (being careful to make sure that the dots on the “i”s were all attached to something so they didn’t fall off when they were cut out):

laser-cut apple for the teacher

Laser-cut apple for the teacher

How Does Your (Polymer Clay) Garden Grow?

I can’t stop making polymer clay flower canes!

This is my latest batch of brooches and pendants:

red & white polymer clay flower brooch

red & white polymer clay flower brooch

purple polymer clay flower brooch with acrylic cabochon

purple polymer clay flower brooch with acrylic cabochon

purple polymer clay petunia brooch with acrylic cabochon

purple petunia brooch. I have no idea if I’ll ever be able to recreate this cane!

purple polymer clay petunia brooch with acrylic cabochon

purple polymer clay petunia brooch with acrylic cabochon

'Fire flower' polymer clay brooch with acrylic cabochon

‘Fire flower’ polymer clay brooch with acrylic cabochon

'Fire flower' polymer clay brooch with acrylic cabochon

‘Fire flower’ polymer clay brooch with acrylic cabochon

Flowering Flower-ring

In the last month or so, I’ve had a step-by-step article published in “Making Jewellery” magazine, which involved a flower ring…

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…and also included a couple of ‘bonus’ earrings:

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and they also included a picture of a purple ring as well:

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Here is a scan of the cover of the magazine:

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… and here is an idea of what the first page of the article looked like:

polymer clay flower ring

Somehow they seem to make the pieces look better than in real life!