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On this blog, I share pictures of the pieces I create for my TouchstoneCreations shop at Etsy.com, as well as some of those I'm working on and those that might never make it that far. I include lots of photos and blogging about work in progress and thoughts about my artistic endeavors.

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Wolves!

Posted by Julie Benner on October 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I am quite excited to say that I have finally successfully sculpted some wolves! It took me a while and several false starts before I got three pieces that pleased me. For some reason, red foxes come fairly easily to me, (see Red Fox, Napping Fox, and More Brooches) but wolves were a different story. Foxes are somewhat cat-like and flexible, and they like to strike cute, sculptable poses, such as curled up in a furry ball, or sitting daintily with their tails wrapped around their legs. This i...

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Koi Suncatchers

Posted by Julie Benner on October 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The week after labor Day, we always camp in a wonderful cabin in a campground on Lake Michigan. That week I have plenty of time to relax, take long walks, and work on new ideas with my polymer clay. This year I was playing with the idea of making a mobile.

 

Koi are Japanese ornamental carp, pond fish, which come in a variety of patterns and colors: reds, golds, silvers, whites, and blacks. I envisioned some colorful koi fish swirling lazily around on wires suspended from the...

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Swans

Posted by Julie Benner on July 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 My latest focus was on a water theme. I finished three swans, each different from the other, all brooches. Unlike some of my recent brooches, these do not have the Inuit or the steam punk look. I also created a couple of water lily pins in keeping with the water theme, but I am not going to include them in this post.

 

 The first of the three swans was a fairly realistic piece, somewhat stylized, but softly realistic in color and shape. His neck took a lot ...

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More Brooches

Posted by Julie Benner on June 28, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 



Until recently, my work has been on a minature scale. Tiny birds, animals, and fantasy figures, fashioned into earrings, pendants, or figurines, made up the majority of my pieces, nearly always sculpted in the round. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine ...

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Metallic Ravens

Posted by Julie Benner on May 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)



 

My work has taken a new turn that I am excited about....

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Black Bears

Posted by Julie Benner on April 9, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)






At last! I sculpted th...

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More Dragons

Posted by Julie Benner on March 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)





I really enjoyed sculpting my turquoise dragon pendants...

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Turquoise!

Posted by Julie Benner on March 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)






I love tur...

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Stone Look Sculpting

Posted by Julie Benner on March 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Stylized Hummingbirds

Posted by Julie Benner on February 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)



My niece is a senior and last weekend was her final appearance in her studio's yearly original ballet. I wanted to make her something special for the occasion. She loves peacocks, but I wasn't sure how to make small peacocks that would look light and airy enough for earrings.

 

Then I thought of...

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