30 Days of Artists: Polymer Clay Artist Crafts Testament to a Survivor’s Faith

This Art Bra newcomer has been creating works of art with polymer clay for over 10 years, has had her work showcased in national magazines and books, and is a co-author of a book on faux techniques with polymer clay. Randee Ketzel says, “I’ve always wanted to participate in Art Bra, and when my friend and breast cancer survivor, Darla Breazeale, applied to model this year, I decided to support her by creating a bra for her to wear.” The resulting piece of art is a testament not only to incredible talent, but to Darla’s faith that saw her through her treatment.


Art Bra "The Armor of Her Faith"

Randee Ketzel
“The Armor of Her Faith”

Randee was inspired by Darla’s words as she told the story of when she went through her cancer diagnosis and treatment — so much so that some of those very words are incorporated into this magnificent bra. Darla is deeply rooted in her Christian faith, making this bra not only intensely personal for her but a visual witness as well. Using polymer clay, copper chains and mica powders, Randee blended sheets of polymer into a bronze color, then hand tinted them with mica powders, and stamped and cured them — all before glazing, antiquing, reglazing and cutting every individual tile before sewing each one into place. “I created individual symbols–anchors, doves, butterflies and fish with my own molds, as well as hand-sculpting the central motifs–a cross and a feather pendant,” Randee says, “There are over 200 individual polymer elements in the piece, as well as several feet of copper chain.”

View more of Randee’s work in her Etsy shop!





All art bras will be auctioned off at BCRC’s signature charity event on June 6, 2015 at the Austin Music Hall. All funds raised goes to support local women affected by breast cancer. To learn more about Art Bra Austin, visit www.artbraaustin.org

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