Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sedona Arizona Red Rock Bead Necklace from Polymer Clay

Sedona inspired red rock southwestern bead necklace with a bit of "magical" Sedona Red Rock Dirt in the matrix.

These beads were designed in honor of the Sedona, Arizona area where we live. My husband and I love the red rocks and often hike in them. The beads are designed to look like they are crafted from red rock, but are made entirely from artist-quality polymer clay with the addition of a tiny bit of "magical" Sedona red rock dirt embedded in their matrix.  They are textured using coarse flint sandpaper.

Each bead is decorated using appliques crafted from a mix of PREMO and Kato polymer clay in homemade molds and adhered to the bead using a mixture of Translucent Liquid Sculpey (TLS) and Clay Softener. Tiny colored details are painted on using a mixture of TLS, Genesis heat set oil paints and colored mica powders. The tip of a "used up" ball point pen refill and also the nib of a Micron .005 pen are used as the "paint brushes". The turquoise tube spacer beads are made from a mix of various tints of turquoise clay formed around a knitting needle, cured and then cut apart.

They make a wonderful way to remember a Sedona vacation! Click here to see the entire "Southwestern Ornaments and Jewelry Collection: MelodyODesigns at Etsy
Roadrunner and prickly pear cactus red rock pendant necklace.

Kokopelli playing hearts from his flute red rock pendant necklace.

Black horse and saguaro cactus red rock pendant necklace.

Coyote howling at the moon red rock pendant neacklace.

Butterfly and prickly pear cactus red rock earrings.

Dragonfly and prickly pear cactus red rock earrings.

Hummingbird and prickly pear cactus red rock pendant.



  1. These are beautiful - I especially love the black horse bead :)

  2. What a wonderful necklace. The faux stone came out great, and I love the designs on them, especially the howling wolf!

  3. This is a wonderful necklace Anita! Each bead is so beautifully crafted, each a scene of it's own. When we lived in Arizona (when our daughter was little and before our son was born) we went camping in Sedona very often. It was one of our favorite places to go, we have many great memories there. I, too, love the red rocks there, just beautiful! Seeing your lovely necklace today took me back to a very special time. Thank you! :)

  4. I have visited Sedona many times through the years and you have captured it's beauty with your lovely beads.

  5. Each one is a miniature work of art! I've never been to Sedona, but it is on the list of places that I want to visit.

  6. I love the coyote and the black horse and the cactus and...and... shoot. I love them all. :) Now all I want to do is come back to Sedona. LOVE the red rocks. Your beautiful beads are true memory switches. But, if I show up in Cottonwood, you better hide the beads or I'll be stelaing them off your table. :D xoxoxo

  7. These are GREAT! You deserve so much recognition for the hard work you put into all the aspects of your creating... from the molds to the mixes, fabulous thinking on your part. I could say a lot more... I think you are super talented, for sure. :)