Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wendy Moore's new website

Wendy Moore has launched her own website:

She is a generous and inspirational woman and I believe one of Australia's best!

This is one of her famous dolls.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Reggae canes

This bangle has been made using some canes that I have been working on that are inspired by reggae music. I love using the wooden forms as I feel they give the piece a structural soundness. I think bangles and bracelets are amongst my favourite pieces of jewellery. They move and make noise, which has always had me a little mesmerized!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Kewpie dolls Pins

I have been thinking about my youth a lot lately (sign of old age I suspect!)

I remember going to the Royal Easter Show and nagging my parents every year to buy me a kewpie on a stick. I wonder if these were fashionable all over the world? I remember them gold and pink. These are my first batch of little kewpies, many more to come I suspect!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Aussiepolyclayers competition

This was my entry to the Aussiepolyclayers competition.
The theme was dare to dream..you will be able to work out from my avatar that my dream is to visit the Greek Islands.This piece is called Kythera,the Island my father was born on. I would one day love to take my tools and clay and stay there and just create,maybe even teach there. Who knows,maybe one day dreams will come true!
Congratulations to the winners of this competition, and to all the entrants for some amazing work!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Exhibiting my work in Flourish Arts

I am very excited that I have been given the opportunity to exhibit my pieces in Flourish arts in Birchgrove this Saturday at 2 pm.
My Fascinators and jewelery will be displayed from the 20th August. Thanks so much to Robin Hill for this opportunity. The address is below:
39 Cameron Street, Birchgrove.
(Cnr Gipps Streets)
Open Thurs - Sun from 10AM
Ph: 9810 6362

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tip No 1 is Polishing

Try using an Enjo cloth to polish up after sanding. I use this instead of denim or towel. You will find it gives a nice sheen to your pieces. You will still need to use a dremel or other polishing tool to get that extra special finish,but I find my trusty old Enjo cloth serves me well for other projects. (forget about using it to clean!!!)

Wendy Moore's class in Sydney


Wendy is in Australia again and conducted this class at Sydney's Flourish Arts in Birchgrove on the weekend. It was alot of fun and she is a fabulous, generous and patient teacher. The glass beads were strung by the women in Nepal that Wendy teaches and I am very thankful to them for their time in doing this for us!
The work of these women is available for sale at Flourish Arts Gallery in Birchgrove along with Wendy's pieces. Her work is infectiously bright and happy! ( I have named her the Queen of Happy polymer) I was inspired by Wendy's work some years ago ,as it was so different from so many other artists and the colours she uses and her style gave me a whole new way to look at polymer.
Wendy is teaching again at Flourish Arts on the weekend of 23rd and 24th July and is teaching in her home town of Broken Hill. She is in the process of setting up her online presence, please let me know if you would like to do a class with Wendy and I can pass on the information to her,you wont be disappointed!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Electroforming on polymer

I have been experimenting with Sherri Haab's technique for electroforming. This is the first pendant I have made using this technique,which is a fabulous way of adding precious metals to polymer.

Monday, April 25, 2011

origami flower

origami flower       by mariapsaltis
origami flower , a photo by mariapsaltis on Flickr.

I have made this using my latest experiments with origami techniques. I love Japanese pop culture and this is from my kawaii garden! As a youth worker I often try and come up with projects that are young and would appeal to a younger artist. I believe the arts open many doors for young people and also assist in a therapeutic process for professionals working in the "helping" fields.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


This is the name of a necklace made by a wonderful designer who happens to buy my handmade beads!
I love the way she has put this necklace together and combined the materials!
here is the link to her etsy shop!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Flora origami brooches

Flora brooches     by mariapsaltis
Flora brooches , a photo by mariapsaltis on Flickr.

These brooches are my entries in the polymer clay artists of etsy monthly challenge. I have used the technique of origami fabric flowers to make these.(tweeked it a little of course!)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

WC-Deckel / Toilet seat

Mareike Scharmer is an amzing artist who includes polymer in her work..this is the first toilet seat I have ever seen covered!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Salvaged bead

Salvaged bead        by mariapsaltis
Salvaged bead , a photo by mariapsaltis on Flickr.

I had made this bead and wasn't happy with the outcome,added some paint,then carved it out..and while it has a raw and messy finish I actually like the end result! Moral of the story don't throw anything away..you just never know when you will get inspired to make some adjustments! Oh and yes it is now a ring!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Australian Polymer Clay Guild

Abstract bangles by papagodesign
Abstract bangles, a photo by papagodesign on Flickr.

These amazing bangles were made for the Aussiepolyclayers march challenge by a member, Sabine of papagodesigns. Our little group is producing some inspiring and innovative work and I believe is destined to have a bright future with the fabulous Leadership of DEBBIE Crothers!
Join up, or you will miss out!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Orchard bangle

I have made this for my daughter who adores blue. I think the colours resemble the variegation that occurs on orchards,hence the name.

Friday, March 18, 2011


Some of you may be aware that along with Polymer clay,I also make fascinators. I love to tell the story of how fascinators got their name!
During WW1 (or 11..not sure), the women were unable to afford the materials to make whole hats,so these little numbers were created. The men apparently exclaimed that they were "fascinating" and they were born!

This particular design is made of tulle, I think tulle represents every little girls grown up dreams.

Friday, February 25, 2011

It has been a while

I have finally moved into my new home and set up my studio and starting to create again! Hopefully I will be back here now more often and keeping in touch with all of my friends! here is my most recent work...bangles and then more bangles!
These bangles along with other pieces of my work are available for sale at Precious Fusion Gallery in Stanwell park and Cronulla and also in Flourish arts in Birchgrove, Sydney.