For the first digital issue of Martha Stewart Living, titled “Boundless Beauty,” we wanted to include a handmade-jewelry story. I brought up Sculpey polymer clay, with a vision to make it modern and give a nod to the Bakelite jewelry that was popular during the first half of the 20th century.
I have a secret obsession with Sculpey. It has an artificial yet organic quality all at once. There is also something really satisfying about baking it in your home oven. Sculpey comes up every once in a while here in the crafts department, but we have never embraced it completely until now.
Sculpey now makes many useful tools that make it much easier to accomplish clean and professional-looking results. Especially the Clay Conditioning Machine, which makes perfectly flat sheets of clay to cut and work into graphic shapes using shaped cutters or a pastry cutter wheel. Check out the Sculpey tool page on its website for many other useful tools.
The issue launches today for users of the iPad. I hope you will enjoy it!
The beads on this necklace were created by pressing two colors of Sculpey into small tart tin molds. They were then attached to a piece of gray ultrasuede and sewn together with black embroidery ribbon.
This is photographer Ditte Isager standing on an apple box in order to capture the previous image.