Messy Workshop Blog Hop

Wow, my space is even messier than I thought, and hey, there’s that wire I was looking for yesterday. I should take pictures of my table more often, might help me find lost items faster. What a great Blog Hop idea Brenda Sue of Bsue Boutiques had with this. I wonder who’s space will be the messiest? Should we have had a contest on that? My guess is the one with the largest amount of space would win it since there’s more room to spread stuff out and lose it in.  

 I know I always wish for  more space but then I look at this mess and realize it would just grow and soon I’d be featured on an episode of Hoarders  I tend to keep everything and nothing is where it should be most of the time. I actually have a spare room I could convert but that’s where my sewing stuff is at the moment. I guess I have too many hobbies and not enough rooms. Yup , that’s right folks Irrysistable Jewels is really created on just a small table in my living room.

I tried to win the lottery so I could have the space of my dreams but didn’t even get 1 number in that. I’ve seen some beautiful spaces, all decked out with pretties on the walls and beautiful stuff to look at everywhere for inspiration. I guess I am inspired by my lack of these things to create something beautiful instead and that works for me. I do have to remember to push the chairs in before I leave since my little dog got up there and ate some yellow clay the other day. Little stinker! So much for my making daffodils until I get the store for more yellow clay anyway.

I love sculpting Polymer clay and thankfully it doesn’t require too much room to do it. When the weather is nice I can take a TV tray and sculpt out on the deck in the sunshine. Feeds my creative side and feeds my body with Vitamin D to boot! See there, now I’m trying to claim the porch for my creating space, Ha, hubby better watch out or he’ll be out in the dog house soon. I’d love to move all his tools out of the shed and set up shop in there as well but I think he might protest that idea. He’s very good-natured but I could be crossing a line there for sure!

I’ve been selected to showcase my creations for RAW Artists in Portland Oregon on May 24th at the Bossanova Ballroom so my workspace is especially messy at the moment in preparation for that event. I’m extremely excited about it and nervous at the same time. Tons of work to get finished for that so it’s keeping me away from creating for now. Hopefully, I’ll be able to complete the Booth part of it and get back into sculpting in a few more days. I’ve got a few ideas for new creations rattling around my head that are just dying to be created. Here’s a few pieces that will make it into the show.

I know I’ve said that I plan on developing some tutorials for you and I DO intend on completing those when I get back. Looking forward to getting some of those done as well. I’ll be listing some new items in my Etsy shop when I return too so keep an eye out for those. It’s been a very busy couple months for me but I expect things to slow down enough soon for me to accomplish all of my ideas.

Last month I entered the Polymer Clay Central challenge and won 2nd place with my Bird in the nest piece. I am entered in the PCAGOE Monthly challenge this month too. I’ll post the link for that challenge when it’s up and running. Should be in the next couple days.  Visit my Facebook page for more information on Challenges as well.  

You can follow my blog for pics of the show in May and the tutorials coming soon. I also have a website

I should really think about cleaning this up a bit now. Hmmm, nope, I’m going blog hopping instead! See ya there! Tamara


Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Robin Delargy:

Kim at Cianci Blue

Jennifer Jazwick-Smith

Mary Shannon Hicks

Tracy Swartz

Jacqueline Marchant

Lynnea Perry Bennett

Terry Matusyk

Laurel Steven

Dr. Brassy Steamington

Pamela Takeshige

Kris Lanae Binsfeld

Outre Art

Linzi Alford

Deb Davis

Tamara Jones   <—–YOU ARE HERE

Harry Wood

Gerry Nickerson

Elizabeth Owens-Dwy

Georgene Lockwood

Charisa Sloper

Jennifer Justman


Mary Deis

Cheri Reed

Sondra Kolner

Sonya Ingersoll-Stille

Lori Anderson

Sandra McGriff

Shelly Joyce

Joan Williams

Kashmira Patel

Deb Beechy

Ginger Bishop

Kelli Jacobson

Natalie McKenna

Andrew Thornton

Mary Govaars

Kate Mulligan

Lisa Lodge

Tami Luchini

Monique Lula

Lee Koopman

Jayne Capps

Susan Lloyd

Cynthia Wainscott

Stephanie Amanti

Alicia Marinache

Sam Hamp

Lennis Carrier


PCAGOE March Challenge is up and ready for voting

I have been really as of late and my poor blog got put on the back-burner. Sorry about that. Since I last posted I have been accepted into the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy and couldn’t be happier. I’ll be posting some Guild things here for you to see what I’m up to. I’ve also been trying to perfect my tutorial making skills. There’s a March challenge going on at the moment and it would be great if you could check it out and cast your vote for your favorite. Some really nice pieces by very talented people and worth the time to look and vote for sure.

The PCAGOE is a wonderful group of talented people and I feel honored and fortunate to be included in this group. I’m sure I’ll be learning tons of new things as I interact with everyone there.

Have you checked out the new issue of The Polymer Arts magazine yet? I did, and I must say it’s a fantastic read and full of wonderful information and stunning pictures! It’s a must read for the serious Polymer clay artist in my opinion and it will only get better over time.  I love the cover photo!  

Here’s a link to the sample flipbook so you can see for yourself how wonderful it is.

 Here’s a couple of pictures of what I’ve been working on since I last posted. I’m learning more and more about sculpting with polymer clay and am eager to start sharing what I’ve learned with you. This week I will be posting another tutorial. I’m working the kinks out now but in the meantime, be sure to check out the links above and enjoy. Happy Claying, Tamara/Irrysistable Jewels


Polymer Clay Seahorse

I can finally reveal the Necklace I made using those little sand dollars I showed you how to make. This Sea Horse was really fun to make and I’m pretty happy with the result. I’ve been going through some medical issues and it’s kept me from my blog a little longer than expected but I’m back now and will be adding some new content in the next day or so. Find all my new creations at my Etsy shop and on my Facebook page.   


Polymer Clay Flowers/Star Gazer Lily

I’ve been very busy creating some polymer clay flowers the last few days. Taking my cake decorating skills and transposing them into clay has been an experiment to say the least but it does work with a little tweaking. I made this Star Gazer lily a couple days ago and applied some watercolor paint to it. I love the soft effect I achieved.  Today I made a smaller version and painted it with powders so I could compare the two and decide which one worked best for florals. I must say I think I like the watercolor effect best but they both look good. Currently I am working on another necklace for a magazine submission using the Star Gazer as the focal.

 I’m thinking about posting a tutorial on this Lily in the near future so if you’re interested in that  please leave me a comment at the end of this blog.

My Granddaughter’s birthday is approaching soon, so rather than buying her something, I created a special little sculpture for her. Sure had fun with this one and I’m sure she’ll love it.  I can see some Christmas Ornaments coming at some point. Those should be really fun to create. Little kids love to see their names on things and my Grandkids are no different. I love making things for them!

Here’s another floral necklace I created a few days ago. I would do this one a little different next time though. I should’ve surrounded the petals with some baking soda to keep them from drooping. Live and learn I suppose.  I’ll be listing this one in my Etsy shop in a day or so. Still have a few things to finish on it first.

I love working with polymer clay! It’s the best stress reliever around if you ask me.



How to Create a Polymer Clay Sea Dragon

Ok, so last week I showed you how to make a polymer clay sand dollar. Would you like to learn something to go with it now?  I had intended on showing you how I used the Sand Dollar but I have submitted that necklace to a magazine for inclusion and am unable to reveal it until I get a yes or no from them. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I will get something published before the year is over, that’s my New Year’s resolution.  I’ve been very sick the last ten days so I haven’t felt up to creating or working on my website or Etsy shop. finally feeling better and ready to show you something else to try.

OK, back  to the lesson now, I have designed a Sea Dragon for you today. I made a beautiful Seahorse to share but that one is on the necklace mentioned above. I promise I’ll share it when I can but until then we can make this little guy. There’s no right or wrong way to do this so put your fear aside and just have fun with it.

First you’ll need some conditioned clay. Here I am using a bright yellow (shows up well for the camera) but you can choose any color you’d like.  I then flattened it with my pasta machine on the highest setting but a rolling-pin works too, just takes a bit longer. I bought this great texture mat from a wonderful little shop called BSueBoutiques and figured this was a great time to use it. Anything that will give you some texture will work though. Lace, brass stampings,just about anything will do. Look around your house and you’ll be surprised what you can find that will make a pattern in your clay.  

     There are a few handy tools I use, but mostly I use my hands. A razor blade is something you will need to cut out the shape or a very sharp knife. I started out with a toothpick and a pocket knife for tools so use whatever you can find and remember there are no right or wrongs here.  

Now let’s cut out the basic shape of our little  Sea Dragon. Yours does not have to be exactly like mine, in fact, it’s better if it isn’t since this is your Creation and it should reflect you. Just play around with the clay until you find a shape that works for you. That’s the best part of working with clay, you can just ball it up and start over if you don’t like it. Here’s the shape I ended up with. Feel free to print this out and use it as a template if you’d like. Lightly roll the edges with your fingertip to smooth out the blunt cut a bit. Now comes the fun part, Let’s decorate this little beast. I formed a mane using small balls of clay rolled into a cylinder shape and pressed onto the head. Make your Sea Dragon with as big or small a mane as you please, or maybe not at all if that’s what you like. 

Try not to make these too thin at the tips or they will not be strong enough after baking. I start out with a long pretty thick layer of tendrils on the bottom and keep adding tendrils varying in size from large, medium and finally small in the direction of the face. This adds lots of dimension and a little drama to the creature. When you are satisfied with the way the mane looks why not go for a little on its tail as well like I did here.

I like the way he’s taking shape now. Now comes the really fun part. Let’s embellish him with pearls, crystals, beads or whatever you’d like (but remember he needs to be baked so keep that in mind when you add things). Here I’ve added some pearls and a few small crystals. When adding beads and such that will be baked into your creation you’ll need to adhere them with a little extra clay. I simply wound a couple of pieces of clay like the tendrils we made around the bead and then smoothed it down with my fingertip a little. You could also just make an impression with the stone or bead and glue it in after it’s baked if you so choose.


I plan on adding some chain or beads when I’m finished so I created three holes for that in the tail. Better to add your holes before baking I think. You can see I used some tendrils on the body in a curly fashion but I didn’t like the look and have removed them from mine. Needs a little more bling don’t ya think?

Now that’s better! I also did a little fixing on the face too. I used a red crystal for the eye and built the area up with a small amount of clay. Just make some very small tendrils and adhere them above the crystal or bead and smooth it down a little. I did the same for the nostril too only a smaller crystal was inserted. I hand formed a small fin and attached that into the middle of the back toward the edge. I think mine is done.  How bout you?

 I always paint mine before putting it in the oven but you can certainly wait and paint it after baking if you’d prefer.

I think I’d like my Sea Dragon to have some splashes of orange and red on him. Choose whatever colors you think would enhance your Sea Dragon and give him a little sparkle. I love adding fine glitter to my creations too! This yellow was just a little too bright for my liking so I went over the body and face with a touch of Viva pearl precious metal colour. I then added some orange and a little red acrylic  paint to the mane before putting him in the oven on 275 degrees for about 35 minutes. Here’s my finished Sea dragon.

Would you like to see more lessons? Leave me a comment and an idea about what you’d like to create and I’ll do my best. We can learn together. Sounds like fun to me. Can’t wait to see what ideas you suggest. 🙂


How to make a polymer clay Sand Dollar

Hello and welcome to my little studio here at Irrysistable Jewels 🙂

I’m working on a new polymer clay necklace to add to my Etsy store and thought I’d take a breather and teach you how to make a Sand Dollar out of clay. It’s easy and anyone can do it! Nothing in nature is identical so only happy accidents can happen, therefore you can do this one without fear.

First you’ll need some polymer clay. I personally use sculpey but any clay would work. I’ll be exploring the different kinds of polymer in the near future. Make sure your clay is well conditioned and ready by working it in the palms of your hands until it is soft and malleable.

As far as tools go, you can use whatever works best for you. I started out with only a pocket knife and a toothpick but my dear Husband bought me some carving tools for Christmas, so I have graduated to using those now. I’m a firm believer in using whatever you can find that will give you the effect that you’re looking for though and have used some pretty unconventional items in my creations.

Pinch off enough clay to form the size of Sand Dollar you’re thinking of and form that into a small ball. Create one more small ball  and flatten both out until they are pretty close to the same size. Don’t worry about the edges at this point. No need for a perfect circle here.

Now with whatever you chose for a tool, I am using a clay stylus here, create the little star flower shape on the top of one of the circles. Usually there are five petals and smaller petals inside those, but this is your Sand Dollar so be creative here if you’d like. I created little dots in the center of mine with the stylus.

carve the 5 petal design into the the clay but not all the way through, just enough to indent it

Now take the Sand Dollar you just marked and dome the underside a little. You can do this with just your finger. Just a small dome though as Sand Dollars are not flat and not extremely puffy either.

Use either your finger tip or a ball stylus to gently dome the clay you just carved

Attach the other flattened circle to the bottom of the domed piece and carefully pinch the seams together until the seams disappear. 

pinch the seams gently until they disappear, your dome will flatten a bitcut out the holes through both layers carefully trying not to disturb the imprints

Very carefully, with a razor blade or sharp pick, cutout the holes through both layers. A little tricky to do without messing up the top but just be gentle with it and you’ll have a gorgeous Sand Dollar. At this point, you could add anything you’d like to the top, like stones or crystals. Make an indention as big as the stone and glue the stone in after the baking process or leave the stone in place and anchor it with more clay. Either way works, but I find that taking the stone out and glueing it back into place shows more of the gem and it’s my preference.

I’m not sure how most people go

Add paint,glitter or indentations for stones. Whatever you want at this point, it is Your Sand Dollar and should reflect your own personal style

about this next phase but personally I like to paint my pieces before I bake them. At this stage  you can add some glitter,paint or more texture. I added some pearl paint, a little copper glitter and a slight dusting of peach powder to this one. When you’re happy with the outcome, pop it in the oven on 275 degrees(if you are using sculpey clay, check the type of clay for the instructions on baking what you are using as all are a little different) for about 35 minutes. 

I will typically add more details to mine after it’s taken out of the oven until I get the desired effect and then cook it again. I like to seal my pieces with a clay sealant before I add any embellishments like gems, or stones.  Let your piece dry and set before adding it to any jewelry components. I am so impatient, I had to learn this the hard way!

I’d love to see your  finished Sand Dollars. I’m hoping to do many more this year and I promise I’ll get better at them. Maybe I will learn to do a video as well in the near future. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making your own Sand Dollar. I’ll post my finished necklace as soon as it’s finished so you can see how I used my sand dollar in Jewelry.


Polymer clay Lion Necklace finished

Here is the Lion attached to a Russian Goldplate plaque and set into a necklace. The soft green jade beads and added touch of the flowers added a more feminie touch to this piece. I get most of my supplies from BSueBoutiques and she has some really awesome findings there and her Etsy store too. Great prices and truly good quality stuff.

I will be adding a new section to my Etsy shop soon to include my polymer clay works.  Trying to get an inventory of great pieces to include in that section  will take some time so keep checking for updates on that venture.

Majestic closeup

This year I plan on making some tutorials so you can follow and learn this craft with me as I explore the wonders of polymer clay. I have a few ideas already rolling around my head.


Cold Porcelain ornaments?

I’ve been having fun experimenting with Cold Porcelain clay. I’m a little rusty at making flowers but I think I’ll get better in time as it comes back to me. I like the way it feels and the transparency is great too. Perfect for painting or dusting. I used an enamel sealant on them and that seems to have worked out very well.

Cold Porcelain rose

Here you can see the difference after I painted one with some Pearl paint. Love the way it shimmers in the light. 

 Lots more practice and ideas will make this one of my favorite mediums I think. I can see great possibilities using this clay. I’ve designed a necklace for a challenge but am unsure whether I’ll enter it or not at this point. I may just finish it up and add it to my Etsy shop instead.What do you think?

Roses in the snow

I made some other shapes and added some dimension with a couple of brass findings I had on hand and I think they look awesome. I can’t wait until they are dry so I can see what painting technique makes them pop.

Wouldn’t these make great ornaments for your tree this Christmas? I think so, a little glitter and some paint..hmm I like that idea. Maybe some silk ribbon to hang them from too. I’ll explore that more on another day soon.

making cold porcelain

Today I made my first batch of cold porcelain clay. It’s resting in a ziplock bag for 24 hours and I so want to play with it right now. I’ve been making Fondant and Gumpaste flowers for years so this should come easy to me (I hope).  It was sure easy to make. Check out this video. How to make Cold Porcelain Paste 

Tomorrow I’ll begin making some flowers and leaves and see how it works. If I succeed,I’ll put up some lessons on flower making so you can learn it too. I’m hoping to make some awesome flowers to use in my Jewelry design and sell in my store on Etsy. Stay tuned for more updates on this new adventure of mine.


What am I going to make for Dinner?

What am I going to make for dinner tonight? I’ve asked myself that question so many times. Truth is, I have no idea at the moment. I find myself scouring the internet in search of something that will sound good. Hmm, let’s see, I have chicken thawed, so what do I do with it now? I think I’m stuck in a rut. The same old things pop into my head when I ask myself that question. I’d much rather be creating some unique piece of jewelry right now in my studio, but no… I have to figure this out first so the Hubby can eat after work. I sure wish a little magical Chef would appear in my kitchen and whip up something wonderful. Still waiting for that to happen. When they handed out the domestic gene I must have been off doing something else and missed it, because I sure don’t have it. 

I can bake, in fact I’m pretty good at it. Cake decorating, yup I can do that really well too, but we can’t very well have that for dinner every night. Time to dig out the Ole cookbook and see what’s under the chicken category.













Maybe I’m just not hungry enough to figure this out just yet. I think I’ll hop on over to Etsy and check in on my shop instead. That sounds like more fun than banging my head against a wall over dinner. I need to check in on bsueboutique and her flickr Creativity group too. Not enough hours in the day to do everything I want and fit in the things I HAVE to do. Such is life.


Which Etsy banner should I choose

I was looking over my Etsy store today and decided I really don’t like the banner I have. I had a choice to buy one or make one myself. I figured on buying one since I wasn’t sure how to create one that would look nice, but then I remembered  I had a program on my other computer that would work great.

It’s been a long time since I used Paint Shop Pro, but it started coming back to me as I fiddled with the buttons and  doodads. I designed three different Banners and can’t decide which one to use. Maybe someone out there can help me pick one so I can move on to the other things I need to get done.

Please post a comment and let me know which one you think would be better. It would really help me out. If you’d like to check out my new Boutique here’s the link

banner number 1

Banner 2

Banner 3


Grand Opening on ETSY

Finally I can say my new shop is open for Business. Took me all day to get everything done and ready. Lots of headaches along the way but it looks good except for the banner that is. Oh yes, the banner! It is proving to be my new nemisis and I am determined to get it right.  Come and check out the new store at but PLEASE ignore the banner for now. 

This is one of my favorite Creations. I had a really hard time figuring out exactly what to do with this bone. I knew I wanted it to be something very special and Unique but nothing was popping into my head about it until late one night as I was sleeping. Yup, that’s right, it came to me in a dream and luckily I happened to have everything I needed to creat this One of  a kind piece on hand already.

I love the way the dark Blue Crystals accentuate the face and it makes me think of the man in the moon. There’s something mysterious about it that intigues me. It’s going to be very hard to let this one go but onward to the next Design I suppose. I’m sure I will have many favorites as time goes by but this one will always remain close to my heart. Hope you’ll stop by the shop. Tamara 

Moon Pendant


Opening an Etsy shop

I’m so excited tonight! I’ve finally gotten everything together and am now ready to open my new shop on Etsy tomorrow. I’ve put everything into this, money,time and my soul. Hope it goes well so I can continue to Design and create one of a kind pieces. I so love designing Jewelry. It’s become part of me and I can’t see myself not doing it daily. My creative side is doing the happy dance right now.

The Crystal is really a very deep purple

I’ve been reading and watching tons of videos trying to learn all I can about this art.  I must say there’s a lot of information out there and my mind is absorbing it like a sponge. Can’t seem to get enough. Sometimes it feels like my head will explode with all the stuff I’ve been cramming it full of, but I love it!

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