After raising three children, Carolyn entered the professional world and became
an artist working with fabrics and wood.
In 1996 Carolyn, started her present career working with polymer clay. In a
few short years, she has developed over 2 dozen separate commercial lines of
woman's accessories and fun jewelry.
Carolyn's organization, called Carolyn Eland Art, is a cottage industry. She
attends national wholesale shows, regional craft shows, is presented in a number
of electronic catalogs, and is online under her website.
The Jewelry is made with a polymer clay using a process called 'MILLEFIORI'.
This technique can be traced back to ancient Egypt and Roman Empires.
It starts with a coil, the simplest of designs. One layer of clay over another,
like a jelly roll. The clay is rolled into a coil is called a CANE. After it
is rolled to the desired size, it is cut, and baked. The individual pieces are
called BEADS. The next design is a checkerboard. One square of colored clay
over another of a different color and formed into a block or check pattern.
A flower is formed by making a petal and duplicating it a number of times for
the other petals. The designs get more complex until the face, probably the
most difficult of all designs. The face can take up to 8 hours to make and use
up to 10 lbs of clay.
After the air has been squeezed out of the cane and is cut into a workable
length, rolled to a desired size, the beads are cut and baked.
The beads are used in bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and other accessories.
"Mokume Gane" is a Japanese technique which uses 10 sheets of different
shades of clay and gold or silver leaf layered between each sheet of clay to
reveal a variety of amazing patterns.
All hand made. There is no painting or machine work involved.