SweetchildJewelry

Sweetchild Jewelry

Orlando, Florida · 519 Sales

SweetchildJewelry

Sweetchild Jewelry

Orlando, Florida 519 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   Shop for artisan-made polymer clay jewelry, focal beads, Anglican rosaries, Protestant & Catholic mini-rosaries and Jewish mezuzahs. "Artistry in polymer clay."

Here in sunny Florida under swaying palm trees, I create everything you see in my studio. My items are usually one of a kind, made in twos and threes. I use Sculpey Premo polymer clay, gold, silver, crystal, glass, paper and gemstone minerals. My pins are unique. My house blessing cases and mezuzahs make wonderful wedding and house warming gifts. My rosaries and chaplets are cherished by those celebrating life milestones or facing life challenges. Some of my jewelry makes a statement. And some is very droll!

Explore my world. Heart my shop and return often.

Sweetchild Jewelry has been featured in:
artizen magazine: http://publications.catstonepress.com/i/110413/34
The Polymer Arts magazine: http://thepolymerarts.com/SampleIssues.html Scroll down to Spring, 2015 issue, page 47.

ALL MY ITEMS ARRIVE BEAUTIFULLY GIFT-WRAPPED.
I accept Paypal, credit cards and Etsy gift cards.

Choose your shipping method:
USPS First Class mail (2-5 days, bubble mailer/cardboard box),
First Class mail international (10+ days, cardboard box),
USPS Priority Mail-- in USA (2-3 days, Priority mail box packaging).
I wrap items in a LOT of bubble wrap, then pack that in either a bubble mailer or sturdy cardboard box. None of my items have ever been damaged in transit because I do take care to wrap carefully. I want your item to reach you in perfect condition, ready for the lucky recipient to open or give as a gift.

FLORIDA SHOPPERS: REMEMBER TO PAY SALES TAX of 6% PLUS any DISCRETIONARY COUNTY SALES TAX. If you do not include discretionary county sales tax I will send you a Paypal invoice which you will have to pay before I can ship your items to you. Questions? Convo me before you buy.

Rosary and chaplet care: Keep your rosary or chaplet in a protective pouch or small box in your pocket or handbag. Treat it like jewelry or a useful piece of religious art. Take care not to crush it, sleep on top of it, yank it by one part, or drop it. Polymer clay is tough but it CAN break if too forcefully bent, and stone or glass beads can shatter if stepped on, or dropped on a hard surface. Using this simple care, your rosary or chaplet will give you many years of service. Suggested age for my items is 16+. My rosaries, jewelry and accessories are not for children.

Social media:
facebook.com/sweetchildJewelry
pinterest.com/VirginiaSoskin
twitter.com/SweetChildJewel
pinetsy.com/sweetchildjewelry

I am proud to belong to the following Etsy teams:
www.etsy.com/teams/21661/growth-on-steroids
www.etsy.com/teams/12408/team-serenity
www.etsy.com/teams/16471/celebration-times

I earned a BFA in Painting from Kutztown University of PA and a Master of Education in Art from Penn State. I've been an art educator, quiltmaker, designer of cross stitch for Better Homes and Gardens magazines and The Needlecraft Shop publications, and of course, a polymer clay artist. Thank you so much for visiting!

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 13, 2016

Shop for artisan-made polymer clay jewelry, focal beads, Anglican rosaries, Protestant & Catholic mini-rosaries and Jewish mezuzahs. "Artistry in polymer clay."

Here in sunny Florida under swaying palm trees, I create everything you see in my studio. My items are usually one of a kind, made in twos and threes. I use Sculpey Premo polymer clay, gold, silver, crystal, glass, paper and gemstone minerals. My pins are unique. My house blessing cases and mezuzahs make wonderful wedding and house warming gifts. My rosaries and chaplets are cherished by those celebrating life milestones or facing life challenges. Some of my jewelry makes a statement. And some is very droll!

Explore my world. Heart my shop and return often.

Sweetchild Jewelry has been featured in:
artizen magazine: http://publications.catstonepress.com/i/110413/34
The Polymer Arts magazine: http://thepolymerarts.com/SampleIssues.html Scroll down to Spring, 2015 issue, page 47.

ALL MY ITEMS ARRIVE BEAUTIFULLY GIFT-WRAPPED.
I accept Paypal, credit cards and Etsy gift cards.

Choose your shipping method:
USPS First Class mail (2-5 days, bubble mailer/cardboard box),
First Class mail international (10+ days, cardboard box),
USPS Priority Mail-- in USA (2-3 days, Priority mail box packaging).
I wrap items in a LOT of bubble wrap, then pack that in either a bubble mailer or sturdy cardboard box. None of my items have ever been damaged in transit because I do take care to wrap carefully. I want your item to reach you in perfect condition, ready for the lucky recipient to open or give as a gift.

FLORIDA SHOPPERS: REMEMBER TO PAY SALES TAX of 6% PLUS any DISCRETIONARY COUNTY SALES TAX. If you do not include discretionary county sales tax I will send you a Paypal invoice which you will have to pay before I can ship your items to you. Questions? Convo me before you buy.

Rosary and chaplet care: Keep your rosary or chaplet in a protective pouch or small box in your pocket or handbag. Treat it like jewelry or a useful piece of religious art. Take care not to crush it, sleep on top of it, yank it by one part, or drop it. Polymer clay is tough but it CAN break if too forcefully bent, and stone or glass beads can shatter if stepped on, or dropped on a hard surface. Using this simple care, your rosary or chaplet will give you many years of service. Suggested age for my items is 16+. My rosaries, jewelry and accessories are not for children.

Social media:
facebook.com/sweetchildJewelry
pinterest.com/VirginiaSoskin
twitter.com/SweetChildJewel
pinetsy.com/sweetchildjewelry

I am proud to belong to the following Etsy teams:
www.etsy.com/teams/21661/growth-on-steroids
www.etsy.com/teams/12408/team-serenity
www.etsy.com/teams/16471/celebration-times

I earned a BFA in Painting from Kutztown University of PA and a Master of Education in Art from Penn State. I've been an art educator, quiltmaker, designer of cross stitch for Better Homes and Gardens magazines and The Needlecraft Shop publications, and of course, a polymer clay artist. Thank you so much for visiting!

Virginia Soskin

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Polymer Clay stokes my imagination!

Welcome! I love polymer clay -- what a nifty invention! "Play-doh" for grown-ups! Well, it's much more than that and it's on a much higher plane. Polymer clay (PC) is a hardenable form of artist-grade polyvinyl chloride, PVC, the same material as white plumbing pipe. It is cured by placing it in an oven at 250 degrees for 25 minutes. I cure items in a toaster oven on my porch because PC does emit fumes as it cures. When cured, it is durable, lightweight, fadeproof and waterproof. Polymer clay allows for very individual artistic expression. That's why each PC artist’s work is so unique. You can roll, extrude, texture, stamp, incise, inlay, and buff polymer clay. You can drape it around a form and work in three-dimensions. PC can also imitate amber, lapis, or ivory.

Every PC artist learns some basic techniques. One is a Skinner blend for creating smooth gradations of color on one clay sheet; a pasta machine does all the work! Then roll two such sheets together and you have a spiral cane! Now isn't that FUN?? Clay canes are rolls or blocks of clay in which an embedded design runs lengthwise. I cut thin slices from the ends of these canes and inlay them on my rosary beads and crosses, as well as my bead sets, business card cases, and pins, all inlaid with canework in checks, leaves, flowers, spirals, stars or kaleidoscopic designs. Face canes are one of the most difficult canes to make; some of my pins include them. The mica shift technique aligns the microscopic mica grains in metallic polymer clay to hold a chatoyant design in the clay even though the clay surface is flat. And finally, mokume gane, a technique derived from Japanese metal work, involves creating a multi-layered stack of clay, incising and poking its surface with texture tools, and then slicing off thin layers and using them in decorative ways.

Depending on the colors of clay you use, and the control you have over the clay, the results for all these techniques are either fascinating and lovely (Oh, look what happened -- how cool!), or horribly ugly ("Oh rats, what a failure!") One good thing is that no clay is wasted. Even scrap clay is used again. I rarely throw away even a pea-sized piece of clay.

Attention to detail is very important. Making sure clay edges meet, wet hand-sanding edges and buffing surfaces to a shine with a soft cotton wheel on my Dremel tool -- I take a lot of care in the details because that is what professionals do.

Then I enjoy the artistic challenge of combining PC with gemstone and crystal beads, silver and gold wire, gold and silver leafing, jewelry findings, and found objects to create jewelry and objects of beauty. I make a variety of jewelry, items with Jewish themes, religious items like Anglican rosaries and Anglican and Catholic mini-rosaries, crochet hooks, sewing tools, and herb garden markers. And beads, beads, beads. Even jewelry-makers on Etsy buy my beads for focals in their DIY jewelry-making. It's so much fun to see what they make with my beads.

My shop is called Sweetchild Jewelry because my last name, Soskin, means “seuss-kind,” or "sweet child" in German. I have been making art since I was a sweet child. OK, I wasn’t always sweet. I was probably feisty and bossy most of the time! I’ve been a public school art teacher, a cross stitch designer and quilt maker. I began working with PC in 2007. I opened this Etsy shop around that time.

Mu studio has evolved over ten years and works well for me. My clay table is an old executive sized desk and I work on a square foot of white marble. I have a good studio light and my Dremel tool at that table and I stacked lots of shelving made of boards and bricks to hold my canes and many boxes of pressed glass, seed, and stone beads. The desk drawers hold ribbon, dozens of clear plastic boxes of seed beads in all sorts of colors and finishes, scrapbooking scissors, acrylic paints, wires, beading threads, and pewter, silver and gold plated beads and findings. I have unusual things like postage stamps, texture sheets, watch parts, buttons, and so on. All these items at my fingertips provide great expressive range.

Follow me on social media:
www.facebook.com/sweetchildjewelry
www.pinterest.com/virginiasoskin
www.twitter.com/sweetchildjewel
www.pinetsy.com/sweetchildjewelry
www.sweetchildjewelry.polyvore.com

I am a member of these Etsy teams:
Team Serenity: www.etsy.com/teams/12408/team-serenity
Growth on Steroids: www.etsy.com/teams/growth-on-steroids
Celebration Times: www.etsy.com/teams/16471/celebration-times

Thank you so much for stopping by and browsing in my shop. It's my pleasure to have you visit. I hope you have learned a bit more about polymer clay and what a challenging but fascinating art medium it is.

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  • Virginia Soskin

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I love to work with polymer clay. Its versatility enables PC artists to create very distinctive unique work. I appreciate that Etsy shoppers value artisan-made, one-of-a-kind jewelry. You make a statement by supporting individual artists. Thanks!

Shop policies

Last updated on April 8, 2016
Welcome.
My work is one of a kind, and ready to ship. Beautiful gift wrapping is free for all items.

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Please pay instantly with direct checkout, Paypal, or Etsy gift cards. Items purchased using any of these methods will be shipped the day after your full payment is received.

FLORIDA BUYERS: Add 6% state sales tax PLUS ANY ADDITIONAL DISCRETIONARY COUNTY SALES TAX FOR ALL SHIPMENTS TO FLORIDA ADDRESSES. If there is a sales tax discrepancy requiring convos or e-mails, I wait to ship items until I receive your surtax payment via Paypal. Check here to see if your county has a surtax, and add that amount to your payment:

http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/forms/current/dr15dss_1113.pdf
Shipping
I ship the day, or day after, you pay. Shipping choices:
USPS Priority mail (2-3 days, SMALL flat rate box and more expensive)
USPS First class mail (2-5 days, less expensive, cardboard box or bubble mailer)
USPS International First class mail (6-10 days), cardboard box.

FLORIDA BUYERS be sure to include 6% state sales tax PLUS any discretionary county sales tax. Not including any county surtax will cause shipping delays.

Holiday rush: I make every effort to get your items in the mail the day or day after you pay, but I am not responsible for postal delivery speed. Avoid stress by ordering in a timely manner.

I do not offer refunds for Post Office shipping loss. I will happily share your item's shipping receipt information with you if you need it, in order to find any lost merchandise.

If you order larger or multiple items, I may need to convo you prior to shipping to quote you a shipping price. Usually 2-3 items can ship in one small box.
Refunds and Exchanges
Convo me if you need to return an item. (Personalized and custom items cannot be returned.) Return items in original condition within 7 days of their receipt for store credit or refund. YOU PAY RETURN SHIPPING. Mailing directions for returns: wrap securely in bubble wrap and mail in cardboard box with bubble wrap to my address.

No refunds are available if you leave negative feedback without contacting me first to see if I can make things right for you. I will leave you feedback after you leave me feedback and are happy with your purchase.

I will make repairs for a repair fee plus the cost of materials, and I will tell you how much that will cost before you ship the item back to me for repairs, so you can decide if it's worth it to you. (YOU pay shipping to me for the repair, and also for the shipping to return the item to you.) Simple repairs, such as regluing a pin back can be done by you at home with super glue. (I wear my pins all the time and have never had one come off.)
Additional policies and FAQs
Care of rosaries and chaplets: store in a protective container like a small leather or velvet bag, sturdy coin purse, or small tin box, especially if you carry them in your pocket, purse or backpack. Do not yank the rosary out of a purse or backpack by the cross or the beaded wire; it could break. Treat them as works of art; show them respect as artisan-made religious items. They will serve you well. For ages 16+.

Mezuzahs come without a scroll. Scrolls can be ordered from www.jewishsource.com.