Friday, August 26, 2016


Recently I purchased Jeanette Kandray’s tutorial ‘Magnificent Mokume Gane’.  The pictures were so enticing that I just had to see and try her technique. 

Mokume Gane is a metal working technique (Japanese) that fuses several layers of different colored precious metals together to form a sandwich of alloys.  The term is now used in many other mediums where different colors of materials such as polymer clay or metal clays are sandwiched.  In the case of polymer clay, we stack sheets of colored clay, make a design in them with tools or texture sheets, and carefully slice some of the top color away exposing the stacked colors beneath.

Jeanette Kandray tutorial shares a technique that shortens the process considerably and produces varied effects depending on the choice of colors and texture sheets used.  The tutorial is well written and clearly illustrated.  In my opinion well worth the price of $12.00.    https://www.etsy.com/listing/457367494/magnificent-mokume-gane?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=magnificant&ref=sr_gallery_4


After experimenting on several sheets of clay and enjoying the process and the end products I decided to share my fun!  By changing the texture sheets and colors, you can produce such interesting patterns!

This is my first sheet of polymer clay following  the tutorial.  I used gold, purple, green , pearl and cobalt blue.

A finished pair of earrings I call 'Autumn Nights'

One of the things I like about using a tutorial is traveling to the creative places the technique takes me. I get to add things and change things once I understand the original idea.  I'm sharing one of those places here!


The following 5 sheets of polymer have the same colors as their base- gold, pearl, copper, ecru and antique gold.  I placed a copper thin sheet on top before I textured .   On the 3 lower sheets, I placed a thin sheet of black and then textured.  You can see how different each one looks depending of the top color and the texture.  In each case I carefully removed the raised parts of the design that were made by the pressing the texture into the clay.  The underlying colors peek through.  Remember that the colors below the top sheet are the same in each piece. 

Adding a different color as the top layer
finished pieces


Friday, August 19, 2016

My State of Mind




Each morning my goal is to have a beautiful day.  I remind myself that I am the one that makes my day a good one.  Most of the time I am successful. 

This past month my ‘having a beautiful day’ system had a stress test.  A good friend died and in supporting his wife (also a good friend) a lot of memories surfaced from 14 years ago when my husband, my best friend, died and I worked through the grief.   

A few years later I met Peter who became my ‘significant other’ (surely there is a better term!).  We’ve been together for 11 years.  I was surprised when I started feeling depressed following my friend’s death.  I expected to be sad – not depressed.   Staying positive, happy and focused on the good around me became difficult.  It took a few days for me to understand why I felt the way I did.   I needed to remind myself of a piece I wrote 5 years after my husband died.  It is still true for me.

My Multi-Faceted Box
By Linda Britt
It’s there-all the time.  This multi-sided box, tumbling in my mind, sometimes invisible and sometimes so large that there is nothing else.  It is sensitive to any temperature with clear panels that change size and color and opacity with an ever-revolving code that I cannot find and cannot control.  Pictures appear and trigger memories – some welcomed and some not, some long forgotten and some very sacred-never to be lost – that feel like they are slipping away.  And yet, I know they are captured.   But can I find the ones I want when I want them?
After five years of becoming very familiar with this multi-sided container of mine, I know that it will never go away.  I will continue living as I learn to accept the places it occupies.  My box holds fragments of living and dying and it is mine.  I cannot give it away.  I cannot run far enough to lose it.  I learn to look at it, experience it, put it away and know that without warning it will pop up to surprise me, annoy me, sadden me, and bring me joy.  It is now part of me just like my ability to continue to love and greet each day.
This week I’m focusing outward rather than inward, trying new techniques in clay, walking up and down hills, working out in the gym, paying attention to the ones I love and when the sadness starts to creep in I reach for happy memories and keep busy. 

The point of sharing this is to acknowledge that grieving is not a valve that can be turn off after a certain amount of time.  Each of us grieves differently and it can last a long time.  Accepting my process while moving forward takes some strength.

Next week I’ll share some new jewelry pieces that came from this process and be back to my ‘normal’ self with some new creations!  

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Finished Necklace

White satin handmade beads, turquoise, ages old granite beads

This week I finished the white satin bead necklace and thought it only fair to share the pictures with you.  If you missed seeing the design phase, please look at the previous post.


The white satin beads could have been polished to a brighter silver color but I wanted this to look earthy and from an archeology dig!

I wore it one day and found it comfortable and not heavy.  People noticed, asked questions and liked it!  The final design works for me.  What's your opinion?  I'd love to hear from you.


Friday, August 26, 2016


Recently I purchased Jeanette Kandray’s tutorial ‘Magnificent Mokume Gane’.  The pictures were so enticing that I just had to see and try her technique. 

Mokume Gane is a metal working technique (Japanese) that fuses several layers of different colored precious metals together to form a sandwich of alloys.  The term is now used in many other mediums where different colors of materials such as polymer clay or metal clays are sandwiched.  In the case of polymer clay, we stack sheets of colored clay, make a design in them with tools or texture sheets, and carefully slice some of the top color away exposing the stacked colors beneath.

Jeanette Kandray tutorial shares a technique that shortens the process considerably and produces varied effects depending on the choice of colors and texture sheets used.  The tutorial is well written and clearly illustrated.  In my opinion well worth the price of $12.00.    https://www.etsy.com/listing/457367494/magnificent-mokume-gane?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=magnificant&ref=sr_gallery_4


After experimenting on several sheets of clay and enjoying the process and the end products I decided to share my fun!  By changing the texture sheets and colors, you can produce such interesting patterns!

This is my first sheet of polymer clay following  the tutorial.  I used gold, purple, green , pearl and cobalt blue.

A finished pair of earrings I call 'Autumn Nights'

One of the things I like about using a tutorial is traveling to the creative places the technique takes me. I get to add things and change things once I understand the original idea.  I'm sharing one of those places here!


The following 5 sheets of polymer have the same colors as their base- gold, pearl, copper, ecru and antique gold.  I placed a copper thin sheet on top before I textured .   On the 3 lower sheets, I placed a thin sheet of black and then textured.  You can see how different each one looks depending of the top color and the texture.  In each case I carefully removed the raised parts of the design that were made by the pressing the texture into the clay.  The underlying colors peek through.  Remember that the colors below the top sheet are the same in each piece. 

Adding a different color as the top layer
finished pieces


Friday, August 19, 2016

My State of Mind




Each morning my goal is to have a beautiful day.  I remind myself that I am the one that makes my day a good one.  Most of the time I am successful. 

This past month my ‘having a beautiful day’ system had a stress test.  A good friend died and in supporting his wife (also a good friend) a lot of memories surfaced from 14 years ago when my husband, my best friend, died and I worked through the grief.   

A few years later I met Peter who became my ‘significant other’ (surely there is a better term!).  We’ve been together for 11 years.  I was surprised when I started feeling depressed following my friend’s death.  I expected to be sad – not depressed.   Staying positive, happy and focused on the good around me became difficult.  It took a few days for me to understand why I felt the way I did.   I needed to remind myself of a piece I wrote 5 years after my husband died.  It is still true for me.

My Multi-Faceted Box
By Linda Britt
It’s there-all the time.  This multi-sided box, tumbling in my mind, sometimes invisible and sometimes so large that there is nothing else.  It is sensitive to any temperature with clear panels that change size and color and opacity with an ever-revolving code that I cannot find and cannot control.  Pictures appear and trigger memories – some welcomed and some not, some long forgotten and some very sacred-never to be lost – that feel like they are slipping away.  And yet, I know they are captured.   But can I find the ones I want when I want them?
After five years of becoming very familiar with this multi-sided container of mine, I know that it will never go away.  I will continue living as I learn to accept the places it occupies.  My box holds fragments of living and dying and it is mine.  I cannot give it away.  I cannot run far enough to lose it.  I learn to look at it, experience it, put it away and know that without warning it will pop up to surprise me, annoy me, sadden me, and bring me joy.  It is now part of me just like my ability to continue to love and greet each day.
This week I’m focusing outward rather than inward, trying new techniques in clay, walking up and down hills, working out in the gym, paying attention to the ones I love and when the sadness starts to creep in I reach for happy memories and keep busy. 

The point of sharing this is to acknowledge that grieving is not a valve that can be turn off after a certain amount of time.  Each of us grieves differently and it can last a long time.  Accepting my process while moving forward takes some strength.

Next week I’ll share some new jewelry pieces that came from this process and be back to my ‘normal’ self with some new creations!  

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Finished Necklace

White satin handmade beads, turquoise, ages old granite beads

This week I finished the white satin bead necklace and thought it only fair to share the pictures with you.  If you missed seeing the design phase, please look at the previous post.


The white satin beads could have been polished to a brighter silver color but I wanted this to look earthy and from an archeology dig!

I wore it one day and found it comfortable and not heavy.  People noticed, asked questions and liked it!  The final design works for me.  What's your opinion?  I'd love to hear from you.