Spotlight: “I am only a beginner and am very anxious to hear what the members of this community will say about my work.” ~Ileana-B
Nothing excites me more than seeing how polymer clay beginners can advance to the level of achievement that Ileana Buhan has done, in such a short period of time. Ileana currently resides in the Netherlands, and she will be our Spotlight Guest for today. I’m so pleased she could join us and share her story.
Here is What Ileana Wrote…
I am Romanian and moved to Netherlands 5 years ago to study. I discovered polymer clay this year in March and since became addicted. I am married, have a full time job in a technical domain actually, and I use clay as a creative outlet, it helps to fight the daily stress.
I am lucky because my husband is very supportive with clay work, his hobby is photography and the pictures I sent you and on the website are made by him.
I discovered you and your wonderful lessons early this summer and this event definitely gave a boost to my creative efforts.
Only recently, I had the courage to make my clay work public and I am very grateful for the support you offer. The Polymer Clay Tutor is such a warm community and so nice to be in. I was not very active in this community, I admit, but I do read all the blog and all the comments :).
I tried everything: watercolor beads, flowers, book beads (these are very lovely) but my all time favorites are the raku beads. You are such an inspiration!
About the pictures: I chose to send you pictures with 5 different necklaces, that I made using techniques that I learned from you. The first two necklaces that are made using the watercolor technique.
For the first necklace (see photo at top of article), I used pure Indian Red as the top layer and the result is that the beads have a sort of cracked effect to them. I used a simple black cord to string the beads. The necklace has two layers of beads for a simple yet (I hope) striking effect.
For the second necklace (more photos posted lower down on this page), the rainbow pieces I created two skinner blends, one with warm colors (yellow-orange-red-purple) and the other with cold colors white pearl-green-blue. Because the beads are quite colorful I chose a simple design for the beads. This is one of my favorite ones, I like to wear it at work with a white shirt.
The next two in the series are the Moebius beads, and although they are quite simple to make, the unusual shape makes for striking results. I like the green one, which combines the Moebius beads with Chinese knots. For the copper one, I used a simple mosaic cane in which I used all my copper shades of scrap clay.
The last necklace is a pendant that I made using the faux raku technique (actually this is the first successful try). I used only colored inks on white clay. The name of this pendant is simply black, and for the finish I choose black seeds beads.
This is it! I am only a beginner and am very anxious to hear what the members of this community will say about my work. I mean this community has seen a lot of polymer clay work. So far I created jewelry only for myself and give them away as gifts. Lately, my friends were telling me that I should try to sell them but I am not sure. I would try that I am afraid that I am biased because they were made mostly for myself. So I would appreciate any suggestions to improve my work.
~Ileana Buhan (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Ileana, the Red Watercolor Beads in the first photo are amazing. You were right when you said they had a striking effect!
I also love your choice to use bright colors in your other watercolor beads. It really makes them stand out.
The Mobius beads are lovely and the addition of the Chinese knots in between the green beads is a cool effect. I’ll have to try those knots some time.
But my favorite piece is the same one that you like best as well… your Deep Crackle Faux Raku Necklace! It is very dramatic and looks just like real raku pottery. Very well done!
I think you should listen to your friends when they tell you to start selling your polymer clay jewelery. You are ready!
So everyone… please join me in sending Ileana a little love and encouragement from your part of the world, to hers. She is definitely an inspiration and a pleasure to have as part of the polymer clay community here!
By the way, I’d also like to say a special Hi to Ileana’s Mom in Romania. I know she will be reading this because of what Ileana wrote in her last email to me…
Wow!! I am so excited!! I cannot wait to see the spotlight feature. My mother will be so proud of me :). She is the one who make me love handmade things. The coincidence is that I am flying home (to Romania) on Friday the 18th of December, so I will have the chance to show it live to my mother :) ~Ileana
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