AlanCordiner

Polymer Clay Jewellery and Other Creations

Millom, England 46 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars (21)

AlanCordiner

Polymer Clay Jewellery and Other Creations

Millom, England | 46 Sales

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Alan Cordiner

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Alan Cordiner

Announcement    Handmade Polymer Clay Art from Great Britain.

Welcome to my shop! Enjoy your visit and please look around. All of my jewellery and other polymer clay creations are hand-crafted by me using my unique and truly one of a kind designs.

Free shipping worldwide on all pieces over £35.00 GDP.



Read my 'About' section under 'Shop info' to find out a bit about me and my work.

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Last updated on 04 Jul, 2019

Handmade Polymer Clay Art from Great Britain.

Welcome to my shop! Enjoy your visit and please look around. All of my jewellery and other polymer clay creations are hand-crafted by me using my unique and truly one of a kind designs.

Free shipping worldwide on all pieces over £35.00 GDP.



Read my 'About' section under 'Shop info' to find out a bit about me and my work.

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About AlanCordiner

Sales 46
On Etsy since 2016

Welcome to my polymer world!

I've been married for almost 30 years to my wonderful wife and we have been blessed with the most lovely daughter ... and I shouldn't forget our cat, Amber. All that and living on the edge of the English Lake District and near the sea - what more could I wish for?

Since a child, I have loved making model kits. If I say 'Airfix', most people will understand, but of course it is now much more technical and involved than it was 'back in the day'! It was my wife who suggested that I might enjoy making jewellery. I've always been interested in art, fashion and design through the ages and jewellery and all things vintage and, to cut a long story short, I discovered polymer clay!

What can be said about polymer clay? It is the most wonderful and versatile of materials. Google polymer clay jewellery and you will be faced with a smorgasbord of designs and colours and styles and it can be used to make everything from a complex sculpture to the simplest pair of earrings or cufflinks. I won't bore you with the joys and frustrations of working with polymer clay. Suffice to say that it has to be cured in an oven at a very precise temperature and it is brilliant for doing many things, but has its limitations too.

Working with polymer clay is a daily joy and the hours spent at my bench feel like minutes. I am so fortunate and so thankful to God that I am working at something that I absolutely love and am passionate about and being able to do it from home.

My jewellery can begin with just an idea - or something else completely unrelated to jewellery can inspire a shape or colour combination or texture. The inspiration may be a fabric or painting or a sunset or even a rainy day. There's no telling what might get the cogs in my head working. Then I may begin with a very clear idea of what I want to make, but often what I make becomes much more involved than my initial thoughts and just evolves. Sometimes I even end up making something completely different from my initial plans. I love the unpredictability!

I've always loved the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods of history - including the styles and fashions of those periods and so I also find Steampunk and Dieselpunk styles and fashions inspiring. And, of course, God's wonderful creation - not just our Earth, but our awesome universe. I just love beauty and quirkiness. If it's beautiful or unusual or both, I am likely to be an admirer.

All of my pieces are made with care and I invest a lot of myself in them. Somehow, out of my empty mind come ideas and I try as much as I can to focus all of that thought and concentration and care into each piece and perfect my art. I would imagine that on average I would spend a whole working day on each piece of jewellery although some may only take an hour or two and some may take much longer. The prices of the items in my shop mainly reflect how involved a piece was and how long it took to craft. I try to avoid moulds and would even rather try to make faux gems from polymer clay than buy them. I love the challenge of trying to recreate the real stone or metal in polymer clay. An added bonus for some is that polymer clay is a relatively lightweight medium and so even larger pieces of jewellery don't feel heavy to wear.

Thank you so much for visiting my shop. Please look around and come back often to see updates and new items. I would expect to add a new piece every day or two.

Shop members

  • Alan

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    A bit of an eclectic soul, but really love the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods of style and fashion. If it's unusual and/or beautiful, it is likely to light my fire. I love Jesus, music, making models, playing the drums.

  • Amber

    Shop Critic

    When I can get her off my chair so that I can work, Amber usually just lies around looking totally unimpressed by anything I do. This motivates me to do better! :D

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Last updated on 04 Nov, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

Polymer clay is soft when raw (a bit like plasticine), but once conditioned, baked and cured, it hardens and is durable.

Polymer clay does not get along well with solvents or solvent based products. Pouring nail varnish remover over your piece is not recommended ... or the contents of your car oil sump for that matter!

To clean, use a soft, dry cloth. For a more stubborn mark, wash in lukewarm water using a gentle detergent such as washing-up liquid.

Do not clean with abrasive cleaning chemicals or cloths.

My jewellery will withstand rain and other moisture, but avoid prolonged immersion in hot water.

As with all jewellery, careful handling of your polymer clay jewellery should reward you with many years of pleasure.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Each piece will be boxed and posted in a way to ensure, as far as I can, that it arrives safely.

I don't gift-wrap the box itself because if it is a gift for someone and you are anything like me, you will want to check it first - even just to see how it looks 'in the flesh' ... Besides you may not appreciate my taste in gift-wrapping!

I am more than happy to gift wrap and include a personal note if you would like that and would be open to any gift-wrapping ideas you may have - at no extra cost. Just send me a conversation with what you would like and I will do all I can to meet your requirements.

Finishes

Polymer clay in and of itself, needs no surface treatment or finish. However, if it has had a surface effect added, this is sealed in some way. Or varnish may be used to give a desired gloss or matt finish.

Renaissance Wax is a microcrystaline wax polish, developed by the British Museum in the 1950s to protect and preserve many of the items in its collection. I sometimes use this to give a nice sheen and lustre to smooth pieces.

Sometimes I use a gloss varnish or matte varnish to give the desired finish - or clear resin to give a glassy finish. All pieces having a surface treatment such as alcohol ink or gold leaf are sealed in some way to protect the finish.

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