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One of a kind polymer clay creations from the imagination of Jim Jenkins

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Jims Unique Technique

Jim creates most of his pieces with a base sculpture which is then adorned with thousands of tiny Millefiori "tiles" which are each hand applied.


Millefiori is actually Italian for "Thousand Flowers" and originally the technique was used in creating decorative Italian glass pieces.  Jim uses a similar process to create his polymer clay tiles which he then uses to adorn his sculptures.


Each piece can take between 40 to 160 hours of work, depending on size and complexity, and no paint is ever used. 


The vibrant colours of polymer clay will retain their brilliance for decades to come. 

How A Sculpture Is Created

1. Ingredients

I start with Armature wire,  Aluminum foil and base clay 

2. The Basic Sculpture

To create the basic sculpture, I twist the wire into a rough skeleton and cover it with aluminum foil for musculature.  I then gradually add and sculpt the base clay.

3. Clay Selection!

With the end result in mind (in this case cardinal feathers) I then select the colors I will need to make an effective "tile tube".

4. A Millefiori Tile "Tube"

This is where the most fun occurs.  In order to make feathers for my Cardinal, I create one large 3D feather about 1" deep. 


This is then pressed and shaped into a "tube" which carries the feather image from front to back.

5. Creating Tile Slices

The "tube" can now be sliced into thin, individual feathers.  I graduated this tube so that I coud cut both short and long feathers.

6. Tile Application

Sliced tiles at the ready, I can now apply each one to the basic sculpture.