Creative journey in photos
The purpose of this page is to share my evolution over the last 10 years and give some details about my creative journey. I’ve also included links (captions in black) to blog posts and videos.
METAL AND POLYMER CLAY
After a few attempts many years ago, I decided to explore metalsmithing in 2020. I now share my experience through training courses and workshops that combine metal and polymer clay.
POLYMER CLAY AND WOOD
Since the end of 2018 I own a laser cutter that allows me to create my own wooden shapes into which I wanted to inlay polymer clay. I’ve made a video on my Youtube channel that shows the making of a pair of wood and polymer clay earrings from the beginning: starting with a wooden board and white clay sheet to the end when they’re ready to wear.
TO GO FURTHER
I’ve made a lot of wood jewelry with inlays, but I wanted to replace the wood part with polymer clay. I then explored molding.
In 2020, I offered a comprehensive online training course, which includes explanation for making your own silicone mold so that you can make polymer clay pieces into which you can inlay polymer clay veneers. To create these veneers, I propose an abstract and intuitive painting technique. It’s a technique that’s both playful and very soothing. Acrylic blanks for creating silicone molds are available for sale.
This collection is inspired by work I did in 2017. I took up the base but the design evolved under the influence of a trip to Japan a few months earlier. A tutorial is dedicated to this design and to the surface techniques used in this collection.
This collection was born during the Covid pandemic. I was looking for a different kind of assembly with cords, knots and ties. The name of the collection came naturally. It refers to all the virtual exchanges that took place in the spring of 2020 to keep the connection alive.
My very first pebble necklace was made in 2014. It was mounted on black cable and closed at the front with a magnet closure. In 2016 I went back to the pebble idea, but I wanted a necklace that was adjustable in length so that it would fit all body shapes. I wanted it to be a little flexible so that it would be comfortable no matter how you wore it. Of course, it ended up in a reversible version, which I taught at several workshops.
My first attempts at developing this imitation wood technique date back to the summer of 2015. I loved working and perfecting this technique. You can find explanations on how to achieve this wood effect in the tutorial: reversible necklace. I think this imitation looks even better when combined with color.
REVERSIBLE, ARTICULATED, MAGNETIC CLOSURE OR ADJUSTABLE
I think one of the things that feeds my whole creative process is my interest in mechanical technology. This has led me to make jewelry with multiple functions, such as reversible jewelry; modular jewelry (articulated jewelry).
This research also led me to transformable and interchangeable jewels, such as “twists” that you can unscrew (threaded rods in polymer clay), or “elegant connections” (in collaboration with Sylvie Peraud), or “message rings”: jewels with a hiding place.
threaded rods in polymer clay
ENAMEL AND METAL IMITATION
Perfecting a technique that imitates enamels kept me busy for part of 2014. My idea was to achieve domed surfaces such as cabochons which is not so easy when using liquid polymer clay. I explain how in this free tutorial.