Polymer clay is a maleable, sculptable modelling clay. Containing plasticisers, when the clay is cured (baked) in an oven it polymerises and therefore solidifies. Fimo is the chosen brand used to make Supremily Jewellery and is made by Staedtler. It comes in solid blocks of many different colours. These colours can be used as a paint pallette and blended to create a whole spectrum of different colours.
An ancient millefiori technique is used to sculpt the clay and gain intricate detail, also used in venetian glass making where molten rods of glass are placed together and stretched out.
A block of clay is 'conditioned' by rolling it through a pasta machine around 15-20 times before it's ready to work with.
The clay can then be blended with other colours to create any colour and shade imaginable or used to create 9 different sheet thicknesses depending on the setting on the machine.
Emily uses many different techniques mastered over ten years of exploration.
The clay is layered, stacked, sculpted and stretched to form patterns. Out of these rolls a variety of different beads, pendants and earrings can then be made.
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