Starless Designs

Starless Designs offers intricate, colorful, and fun polymer clay creations by Amber Elledge.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Amber.
When I was eleven, my crafty mom took a class at Michael's where she learned how to make an Easter bunny and eggs from polymer clay. She brought the extra clay home and taught my brother and me how to make the eggs. I was hooked, and have been claying ever since!

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I couldn't decide what my favorite thing to do was, so I asked my roommates.

Theresa: "Surf the internet!"
Morgan: "You mean, other than sitting around on the internet?"

So there you have it- my favorite thing to do must be surfing the internet. I especially love finding new treasures on Etsy, learning new things, and of course shopping at other websites as well.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Definitely photography... I really have no clue what I'm doing, but my photos turn out a little better each time so hopefully I'm at least improving.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
The koi pond boxes. I have a hard time letting each one go when it sells!

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A lapidary or musician. I was always the creative kid.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
I have 15 pages of favorite Etsy artists, so please stop by and check out all of them, but these are my absolute favorites:

OrangeFishy's Little Monsters
Lexi is a "real life" friend of mine who makes the cutest plush monsters and squid

Limited Edition Handscreened Art T's (LOVE the koi pond design, of course!)

EggTooth Originals
Unique, handmade, fine silver jewelry that celebrates the beauty of nature

Jorgensen Studio
Artisan Crafted Handmade Sterling Silver Jewelry

i dream i can fly
handmade modern artisan jewelry in silver and 14k gold (I wear my forged open hoops almost every day)

Elizabeth Scott Designs
botanical jewelry

Weird Bug Lady
Custom crafted creatures - plush bugs and accessories (Brigette made an amazing brine shrimp plush for my boyfriend's office)

Kyle Anne Metals
Handmade Jewelry: Silver, Gold, Mixed Metals

Contemporary Cloisonne Enamel Jewelry by Kyle Anne
Handmade Cloisonne Enamel Jewelry

What does your future hold?
I wish I knew! I recently got my BS in Biology so I'm looking for a science-y job, and I'm also having a lot of fun selling my art but I'm not sure if I could ever make it into a full-time venture. My boyfriend will be moving out of town to get his PhD in a year or so, and I'm going with him, but I have no idea where we will end up! Hopefully someplace warm.

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