Hand-Sculpted Polymer Figurines from Nature & Fantasy

Kalamazoo, Michigan

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TouchstoneCreations is taking a short break


Note from shop owner The Touchstone Creations shop is on extended vacation until Thursday, September 1st, 2022. The artist is on sabbatical.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Feb 19, 2022

The Touchstone Creations shop is on extended vacation until Thursday, September 1st, 2022. The artist is on sabbatical.

Julie Benner

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Julie Benner


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On Etsy since 2013

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Hand-Sculptured Polymer Clay Miniature Figurines inspired by Nature, Fantasy, and Native Arts

I have been making a variety of jewelry and small sculptures from polymer clay since 2004, mostly for my own and my family's pleasure. I opened my Etsy shop in 2008, but didn't yet have pieces ready to sell.

In 2012, I started sculpting small figures of birds, animals and fantasy creatures, such as phoenixes and sea serpents, from polymer clay. I began working in a much smaller scale than I had before. I loved this small work, and, and the pieces began to flow freely from my hands. Many of the smallest sculptures I made into charms and earrings, but my personal favorites are the figurines.

I have several different finishes that I use. The most common line I call Gildybeasts, named from the soft metallic-looking finish that comes from applying and hand buffing mica powders before baking. Some of these sculptures have a blown-glass look, as in old fashioned Christmas ornaments, others look more metallic.

Another of my favorites I call Stone-Look Sculpture, inspired by Inuit carvings, Native American stone fetishes, and Japanese Netsuke carvings.

Recently, I decided to shift the focus of Touchstone Creations to figurines, as these have always been my favorites. I may sneak a few ornaments or brooches in, but mostly the shop will feature my hand-sculpted figurines.

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  • Julie Benner

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Sculptor In Polymer Clay

    Lifelong artist and nature lover. I hand-sculpt miniature animal and bird figurines inspired by nature and fantasy. My style is eclectic and I like to try new techniques, often inspired by indigenous world cultures.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 18, 2022
Thank you for visiting Touchstone Creations! I hope you enjoy browsing through these unique, one-of-a-kind pieces made lovingly by hand.

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I am committed to your complete satisfaction.

If you are unhappy with your order for any reason please contact me within 7 working days of receiving your package. I will do my best to resolve the problem quickly. Refunds and exchanges are made on a case-by-case basis.
I accept Direct Checkout or PayPal in US dollars. Also credit cards through Paypal (see link below).

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Orders will be shipped within one to two business days of payment.

International customers: Please be advised that when shipping outside the USA, Touchstone Creations is not responsible for any customs fees, taxes or tariffs that may be imposed on your order.

Additional policies and FAQs
I am happy to consider custom orders! Please contact me if you have an idea for a piece that is not in my shop. However, I am no longer accepting Custom Pet Sculpture orders at this time.