Author Archives: Tammy Adams

Introducing the ‘Of a Feather’ Jewelry Collection

assorted feather focals

These are all the polymer clay feather focals I carved, molded, and colored for my new jewelry collection.

I’m so excited to introduce my new jewelry collection – Of a Feather – featuring my hand-carved feather focals.  I’ve been working on this new jewelry collection for quite a few months, making the feathers in batches according to color and finish.  I’ve got aged and distressed metals, faux ceramics, metallics, and even some inspired by real birds. Continue reading

Art Jewelry Elements Headpin Challenge

vase filled with headpinsWhen the team at Art Jewelry Elements announced “art headpins” as the challenge theme for August I was fairly certain I would join in.  But I did wait a few weeks before signing up, because I wanted to be sure I would actually have some headpins to show on reveal day.  The challenge is to create art headpins in any medium, or use art headpins in jewelry designs.  Continue reading

We’re All Ears Earring Challenge: Campfires


Campfire. Photo credit : Luke Porter | Unsplash

The theme for this month’s We’re All Ears earring design challenge was campfires. I haven’t been camping in a very long time.  My family took quite a few camping trips when I was growing up. My favorites trips were the ones near alpine lakes and meadows. I love the smell of pine forest covered in morning dew.  Of course, I also love the smell of smoldering mesquite wood, which is what we used to build our fires when camping in riverine canyons. Continue reading

Art Jewelry Elements Summertime Design Challenge

cicada brooch made from polymer clay

The song of cicadas is a fond summertime memory.

The Art Jewelry Elements team chose ‘Summertime’ as the theme for their June design challenge. I signed up to participate, even as I was thinking “How I am going to get inspired by my least favorite season?”  Initially I planned to design jewelry that represented what first comes to my mind when I think of summer. But how would I translate “sweltering” into jewelry? Continue reading

Does Crafting Count as Exercising?

FitBit and polymer clayLast month I joined the FitBit Nation when I received a lovely turquoise blue FitBit Charge for my birthday.  I was not in the market for a FitBit for many reasons, not the least of which is I tend to run the opposite direction from any fad or trend.  If “everyone” is rushing to get one, it’s the last thing I want. I think that makes me what the technology industry calls a “late adopter.” Continue reading

We’re All Ears Design Challenge: Ferns

Fern earring drops

Some ferny components

The inspiration for April’s We’re All Ears earring design challenge was images of fiddlehead ferns. There are many design elements to choose from in the images, from the spiral shapes of the coiled fiddleheads to the feathery unfurled green leaves.

I’ve had fiddlehead ferns in salads and stir fry when I lived in Alaska. They’re quite tasty. I’ve looked for them in the produce section of my local Whole Foods here in the Mid Atlantic and have not seen them. Maybe I need to visit an actual farmer’s market for something so exotic? Continue reading

Art Jewelry Elements Design Challenge: Eye Love Beads

Evil Eye necklaceI’m so glad the Art Jewelry Elements design team is continuing the open challenges this year. I had a great time with the themes last years challenges. And the theme they chose to kick off 2016 is another fun one: Eye Love Beads.  As in, jewelry with eyes.

No, not actual eyes. That would be a little too Silence of the Lambs. Rather, the challenge is to design a piece of jewelry, an art bead, or a component with eye symbolism.  I had been hoarding an “evil eye” component and this was a perfect opportunity to set it free from my stash. Continue reading