Saturday, April 20, 2013

The designing of the Pink Rose Cat jewelry, a tribute to Mother's Day and my Moms

Rose Cat Brooch
Whenever I see pink roses I think of three important women in my life whom I consider my "moms", my grandmother (mémère), my mother and my mother in law. They all loved flowers and pink roses were a particular favorite. They all loved cats, too, so I designed these Rose Cat pieces as a tribute to all three in an early celebration of Mother's Day.

I couldn't find a mold of a rose small enough to use on the "collar tag', so I borrowed  a tiny carved rose pierced earring from my jewelry box and made a mold of it using Sculpey Bake and Bend. It's a pity that the Bake and Bend is no longer available in open stock and seems to only be available in sets. Luckily I still have a lot in stock and it's great for making inexpensive molds that hold up to using with a firm clay. Earrings are wonderful to use for making tiny molds and I always check out the earring displays when I shop at thrift stores and garage sales. For the rose on the collar tag I used pink clay and then accented it with a mix of TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) and raspberry mica powder applied sparingly with my fingertip.

Behind the Scenes studio photo
Tiny Kemper mini cutters (actually called "pattern cutter") get used a lot in my studio and I used round and 5 petals cutters for this project. I use a a piece of Saran Wrap on top of the clay when I use a cutter so that the cut image comes out plump with nice tapered edges.

Beaded chain Rose Cat necklace

Rose Angel Cat Hanging Ornament
The Rose Cats are available for sale at MelodyODesigns at Etsy


  1. What a great idea, to create a mold using your rose shaped pierced earring!! It turned out great, and your pretty green and pink kitty pendant is a lovely Mother's Day gift!

  2. Very cute! I like your idea of using small jewelry bits for molds. :)

  3. Lovely tribute! The colors are so happy!

    I've been using Sculpey's Mold Maker, but the Bake and Bend sounds interesting.