Friday, October 19, 2018

We're All Ears :: October Reveal :: Mad About Plaid

I am not one to wear a lot of pattern, so I don't really think that there is a plaid shirt in my closet. But I do love the pattern of plaid. I like the criss-crossing patterns and the soft lived-in comfort. There is something quintessentially fall about plaid flannels, no matter what color they may be. But in looking for plaid inspiration, I found quite a bit more than just the well-worn vintage work shirts. Like scarves and pants and skirts and tights - oh my!

I decided that I would try to make some plaid components in polymer clay. Easier said than done! I first looked for a tutorial for some plaid canes in polymer clay. Most of them seemed a bit out of reach for me, or just too darn fussy and not all that precise. So I just grabbed some color of clay and started making stripes. Eventually, I flattened and stretched them enough, but they were still stripes. That is when I hit upon cutting the pieces up and layering them for that warp-weft fabric look. The look was starting to take shape!

I had wanted to learn from a tutorial I had found some time ago from Helen Breil. She is a master polymer clay artist. I am quite smitten with her folded beads, so I thought that this would be the perfect veneer for that. I made quite a lot of them with my plaid veneer, so many that I am dreaming of a statement necklace. But I found two pair that would work for the earrings.

Both outfits pictured here are found on FreePeople: dress; overalls.

I kept them simple by creating a wire hanger and dangling them from small small lengths of chain that I picked up from Vintaj this summer. The metal is copper, I would guess, that has been flame patina-ed, so they have this wonderful mix of blue, purple and red.

So now it is your turn! Show us what you made for your ode to Plaidurday!


  1. Love the earrings. Great polymer beads :) You keep coming up with new ideas, so clever.

  2. I can just barely fathom how you would make plaid in polymer clay. It's like magic! I especially dig the color palette you chose. Dreamy!! Thank you SO MUCH for this month's inspiration. I have to admit that I felt a little lackluster about it at first, but once I let my mind go and get started on it, I had a hard time stopping and was working up until yesterday afternoon to complete my designs. And, I really love the designs I made. Thank you!

  3. I thought about using polymer clay for a fleeting moment. I admire your plaid polymer clay beads and earring design. Very in style now too. Thanks for the challenge!

  4. This theme doesn't give me inspiration, so I skip this month's challenge. But I am very curieus to see what others made of it!

  5. This really was a tough one! I really like what you did with your polymer pieces... and I can't wait to see that statement necklace come to life!!

  6. You continue to blow my mind in so many ways! Plaid pc beads!!! The beads ware perfect for the design. Amazing! ❤️