MAKING

How do I make Swirl-StoNZ?


By rolling selected colours of polymer modelling clay into a ball and rotating it up to 100 times using the polymer clay lentil (or century) bead technique. I often add some extra detail with slices from specially made canes, or incorporate images or words into the patterns as they inspire, before baking to harden and preserve the design. Each one is unique.

I call the resulting lentils ‘StoNZ’, as they are created here in New Zealand. The swirl pattern is reminiscent of the Maori 'koru' symbol, which represents new beginnings, growth and harmony. 

As all Swirl-StoNZ are created by me, I can make them in your choice of colours or personalise them – please ask for special requests.