Millefiori eyes from Polymer Clay

Mixed a little Emerald Green with tiny amount Hot Pink to get a more hazel color. Black for the pupil. Rolled the black into a small roll for the center of the eye.

Mixed a little Emerald Green with tiny amount Hot Pink to get a more hazel color. Black for the pupil. Rolled the black into a small roll for the center of the eye.

Squish the 2 colors together and run through the pasta machine to blend. Fold and repeat until well blended, keeping fold always perpendicular to the rollers to prevent trapping bubbles.

Squish the 2 colors together and run through the pasta machine to blend. Fold and repeat until well blended, keeping fold always perpendicular to the rollers to prevent trapping bubbles.

Trying my hand at millefiori eyes today. Seems pretty easy. I want to try using these eyes instead of glass or bead eyes, or even painted eyes.

Millefiori eyes made from Sculpy III: mostly white with a small amount of Spring Lilac.Conditioning the clay first with my lovely pasta machine.

Millefiori eyes made from Sculpy III: mostly white with a small amount of Spring Lilac.Conditioning the clay first with my lovely pasta machine.

About jodynash

I am a textile artist with a background in printmaking and photography. I received my BFA from UC Davis in 1996. Found objects hold a fascination for me partly because of their random nature, but also because it feels right to re-purpose and reuse instead of discard. I suppose my desire to see things gain new life results from my long experience as a Registered Nurse. There is no easy explanation for why I make dolls. As most artists will tell you, we are simply compelled in one way or another. In that, I have been all over the map, to be sure: painting in oils and acrylic, printmaking, silk painting, writing poetry, singing, and dancing. Making these dolls, for now, just feels right and good. That all the wire-twisting, stitches, beading, modeling, and painting are hand-work means a return to the investment of energy into each piece in a way we rarely see in our tech-driven, factory processed products. In addition they are locally produced, and often customized specifically to a customer's design. My skill and approach are always evolving. I am always a student, though often a teacher. I am fortunate to live in beautiful Napa, California, a source for my inspiration and peace, with my equally talented and ever so witty husband.
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