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Happy Holidays from Elysian Studios!

I'm excited to be a part of the Art Bead Scene Blog Hop!

See the list of participants below, and click on their links to see their wonderful ornaments!

To spread some Holiday Cheer, we are giving away one of these ornaments, so leave a comment and a winner will be chosen at random on December 10th!

My ornaments for this year were inspired by my character, "Little Zen" (and who doesn't need a little of that this time of year?)  Visually, these are incredibly simple, the construction process was a bit more involved.  The birds are sculpted from white polymer clay, and drilled for beading.  Each one is then adorned with red peppermint-inspired accents at their neck.. One has a flowing red scarf with a peppermint swirl brooch, one has a sparkling necklace made with peppermint skinner blend discs, and the third boasts a ring of delicious peppermint candies, all made with polymer clay.  A handmade red and white holiday bead hangs below each bird, who is nested in a hand-cut and assembled two-tone bayleaf wreath.  All have been strung for hanging with additional red glass and gold metal beads, with a gold clasp used for the top hanger and a bottom "branch."  Handmade tags from Polyshrink film were inscribed with our logo and the date to commemorate this holiday season!

Elysian Studios - you are here!

Much thanks to Art Bead Scene and Humblebeads for organizing this fun event!

22 Responses so far.

  1. JeannieK says:

    As a polymer clay artist myself, I KNOW a lot of work went into these.
    They have a lot of detail work and the process takes time. Kudos, they're wonderful.

    They really capture the spirit of Christmas.

    Thanks for sharing these with one lucky winner. I have a lot of appreciation for work like this.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours, jeannie

  2. I love your ornament! I learned something about reading your description. I didn't know polymer clay could be drilled. I plan to start working with polymer clay in 2011. It's wonderful to see such awesome results.

  3. These are really pretty! How big are the little birds?

    Wishing you a Happy & safe Holiday Season!

    Islandgirl aka Lynne

  4. Wow! You really outdid yourself on the ornament. It looks like you spent quite a bit if time on it and it is beautiful!

    Happy Holidays,
    Jennifer Jangles

  5. Rosanne says:

    Beautiful ornament! I am having fun seeing what everyone has done.
    It makes me feel better about that foot of snow we have falling outside. Merry Christmas!

    Fab Fibers

  6. Your bird ornaments are so charming. The birds have a wonderful presence. Love the peppermint touch.

  7. How wonderful! I especially love those tiny tags you included with the ornaments. I always try to remember when I got certain ornaments and I really appreciate those that have dates on them. It's nice that you chose a more permanent material that a paper tag that might not be readable in coming years.

  8. Birds of Peace for Christmas are my favorite. Your ornament is beautiful!
    Merry Christmas

  9. This is so special, Erin! I love your ornaments!


  10. I love the ones with the peppermint, such a sweet little touch. Your birds are full of holiday cheer - thanks for playing along!

  11. Beautiful ornaments! I can appreciate the amount of work that goes into making them.

  12. How cute are these! I love anything with red and white like this. And birds are so special in a tree. Thanks for sharing!
    Enjoy the day!

  13. Susanm says:

    These are adorable! Very cheerful and happy-looking - sometimes in short supply around the holiday season (especially at the mall)

  14. beautiful ornaments..i love these little doves.

  15. Thank you eveyone for your very kind comments! Happy Holidays to you all and thanks for sharing your beautiful ornaments and blogs- I had so much fun!

  16. Oh my Gosh!!! Birds with scarves. I love it.

  17. Bright and cheery...just like the holiday season!

  18. Alice says:

    What a sweet ornament! So festive! And I love the polyshrink tag.

  19. These are adorable!!! I also love the one with the red candies.Yes polymer clay is much harder to get a beautiful result with then one would expect - the beads are gorgeous too!

  20. Very cute! I could use some ornaments for our's pretty bare and charlie brown like:)

  21. ADORABLE! And they don't look simple to me!

  22. I love your take on the bird ornament - red and white/cream are a favorite combination of mine and you use it beautifully here.

    Thanks for sharing!

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