About me and Pikart jewelry
My name is Polona. I live in Slovenia - a beautiful small European country. I come from a crafty family and I love to create things. As a child, I sew dresses for my barbies, crocheted clothes for my baby dolls, made paper greeting cards, ... I also loved to draw but I was never really good at it. I was around 10 years old when I first played with polymer clay but it was not until I was in college that I fell in love with it. That was back in 2008. I later graduated in mathematics and computer science - yes, I am also a geek... and I have a full-time job as a software developer.
This is me in my workspace.
I am a minimalist when it comes to wearing jewelry. I wear stud earrings and occasionally bracelets. However, I do change the earrings often so they color-match my outfit. Having several dozen pairs of stud earrings allows me that.
Besides crafting I love reading books, singing while driving my car, cycling and spending time with my family and friends. I guess I passed my artistic genes also on to my daughter because she is constantly drawing and creating something.
Making jewelry was my constant for the past decade. Why do I love working with polymer clay? It is meditative for me. I love to mix different colors into new ones. And most of all, I love to combine colors into different combinations. My favorite colors are magenta, turquoise, green and coral - you will probably see those used a lot in my jewelry.
In over a decade of making polymer clay jewelry, I conquered many techniques but making canes is my specialty. Starting with flower canes, I soon made a westie cane (my dog) and a colorful cat cane. Making more complex canes takes patience and attention to details.
This is one of my first complex canes - a huge colorful cat.
To make a cane I use the Millefiori technique - an old Italian glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware. The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words "mille" (thousand) and "fiori" (flowers). I design a patterned cylinder and by reducing it and cutting it I get different sizes of the original pattern. Don't miss the video of a cane making process in the How it is made section.Part of my canes collection.
I don't exclusively make stud earrings. I use canes and other popular polymer clay techniques to make different pieces of jewelry. You can see my creations on my Facebook page (the text is in Slovene but you can go through pictures in the albums to see some of my work).