This past summer I was fortunate enough to find several different types of caterpillars and these two instantly made me admire their graphic patterns and start thinking about how I could incorporate that into some jewelry designs.
After much thought, I decided to start on the Monarch caterpillar.
It took awhile to figure out how to make the repeating pattern in clay. But once I decided to take the design of one segment and halve it, things came together.
Originally, I had planned on a more abstract bracelet…but once I made the head, the caterpillar just seemed to form itself!
Then came the problem of the “feelers” and what to do with them, but once I held up some black onyx beads, the caterpillar started to have a personality!
Polymer clay is super smooth after it’s been sanded thoroughly and waxed which was the perfect finish for this funky bracelet. Enjoy!