A chronicle of the meanderings, false starts (which in retrospect, while sort of embarrassing turned out to be highly instructive), epiphanies, selective apathy (still evolving), wild mood swings, opinions (subject to frequent change), and life lessons of an inveterate dabbler (and her latest dabblings).

Friday, May 21, 2010

I Dub Thee, Lynda, the Queen of Fauxtiquities

I was cruising around on Flickr, and discovered an artist who makes the most astounding beads and focals from polymer clay--looks like she robbed an archeological site of its most luminous treasures! Everybody, meet Lynda of Diva Designs.

I just fell in love with her focals in particular, and found myself often oohing and aahing over her things on Flickr.  In a fit of wonderment over the pendant focal below, I fervently declared her the Queen of Fauxtiquities:

Look at the HIEROGLYPHICS on there!!!  I adore hieroglyphics.

She was so thrilled with this moniker (which I confess I didn't think up myself--rather I had heard it elsewhere and appropriately appended it to her) that she offered me one of her beads as a thank you!! Well I just about DIED.  Of course I wanted the dragonfly one above but it was sold.  DAMMIT.  So I went "shopping" on her Flickr site.  Well, in addition to the stamped/embossed styles above, she has a whole line of image transfer beads and focals.  I decided to go with something that would force me to design something I wouldn't normally do.  I chose the one below:

It also has a spot of lovely brick red on it (it's on the right in this photo, pictured with one of its fellows):

I got it the other day in the mail from Lynda and have been fondling it regularly ever since.  Mine mine MINE!!! Love the silver eyelet detail at either end.  I have a design in my mind for it and hope to get to it this weekend.

There is so much fabulousness in her Flickr stream, I can't fit it all here. But I'm sure as heck going to try. Look at this:

And this:

And this:

And this!
I could go on and on:
And on:

Phew! And there's lots more!!! But I'll stop now before I become slavishly fawning, or before I reach my Blogger photo limit.

I highly encourage you to check out Lynda's Flickr photostream, stop by her blog, and visit her Etsy shop. Her designs are a feast for the eyes! She even has tutorials for sale in her Etsy shop on how to create your own image transfer components with polymer clay.

Have fun!!


  1. Ooooooohhhh...and here I was being SO GOOD about not buying this week. Dammit! You found a good one, Keirsten! I'm off to check it out!

  2. Keirsten, thank you so much for the feature! I am honored, and thrilled! You have a gorgeous blog, and you are a wonderfully talented jewelry designer yourself, my friend. I love the necklace and wear it all the time.

    I am so glad you love the bead, and THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE MONIKER! Fauxtiquities are becoming my new favorite thing to create. :)

    Take care,

  3. i will definitely be checking this out! indeed her work is fabulous - and see how nice it is to share? you got yourself a treasure and a new friend... she really is a talented woman (and so are you!)

  4. She is truly an amazing polymer clay artist! I love everything she has put her hands to.

  5. OMG! These are beautiful! Thanks for the find!
    Love what you did with your bead, too - (from later post)