Welcome to Remnants Of Olde.  I’m Kerin (not Kevin! – pronounced Ker-rin) and here is my web and journal site in one happy little package.
You can see blog entries from the ‘News and Posts’ link on the sidebar along with all the other stuff such as art work.
I’m so glad you could stop by and hope you find some things here that made it worth the trip.  Thanks for respecting the copyright of all images, designs and content contained herein.
polymer clay, mixed media, assemblage, ball and claw, distressed, flash bulb, fishing hardware, goth, steampunk, vintage, antique
“Charley’s Claw” was inspired by the ball and claw legs on antique furniture. There’s a vintage flash bulb where the glass ball would be and it’s wrapped with antique fishing cable and hardware. The claw is made of polymer clay and finished with patinas and acrylic paints.
The inside is hollow and forms a viewing tube so if you look through the optical lens on the end you can see the top of the flash bulb which looks quite mysterious. The flash bulb also looks much farther away than it could possibly be thanks to the shape of the lens. The inside view is a bit tricky to photograph so sorry I don’t have that for you to see. Trust me, it’s quite cool in there. : )


  1. Andi Hinkle said,

    September 3, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Like Charlie, I love this also!! Very original and awesome!
    hugs, Andi HInkle

  2. September 5, 2008 at 2:56 am

    Fabulous claw! I’d love to be able to look through the lense at the “wrist” end!

  3. Laurie Mika said,

    December 30, 2008 at 3:31 am

    Hi Kerin,
    Saw that you will be teaching at Raevn’s Nest…..look forward to meeting you there! Your artwork is wonderful….my favorite piece is the pulley necklace with the shell, that is beautiful! You will love teaching at Raevn’s Nest as Kim and her family are so nice….and it was really well organized too! (and what a cute town….what I saw of it at least!)
    Happy New Year,
    Laurie Mika
    Hi Laurie!
    Thanks so much!!! Yes, it will be awesome to meet you and I’m really looking forward to Raevn’s Nest! Much as I’d love to say I made the pulley necklace, that one is actually my talented husband Charley’s creation. I love that one too!! It was published in Lark Book’s 500 Pendants and Lockets that came out earlier this year.

  4. Laume said,

    January 25, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Oh, you have to go check out my post dated 1/23. I took a photo that looks just like your Charley’s Paw!
    Hi Laume! As I posted on your blog, your photos are quite wonderful and yes, that branch with the water droplet looks so much like the Charley’s Claw! Or does Charley’s Claw look like your photo!?!?!?! : ) That’s such a cool coincidence. –Kerin

  5. tattingchic said,

    January 25, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    That is actually kind of frightening! LOL! I can see the ball and claw table/chair leg inspiration, tho’!!!
    Thank you for entering my tatting giveaway for the OWOH event! Good luck to you! I’d love to see the jewelry pieces that you use vintage tatted lace for! Oh that would be so AWESOME for you to learn!

    Good luck to you in the drawing! 🙂
    Yes, I hope I win your giveaway that would rock! I found quite a bit of tatted lace in a big box with thread, etc. at an estate sale and loved it instantly. It’s actually on two pieces that are in our etsy shop, Memento and A Resting Place. In A Resting Place the lace forms the nest for the bird.

  6. January 27, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Good morning, Kerin!

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your comments. What kind of dogs do you have? We’re always interested in talking to other dog lovers! As my husband and I don’t have children yet, our animals are really “our babies!” There’s never a dull moment, that’s for sure!

    Love this piece and would LOVE to find the time to be more creative. Both of us are artists who, since getting married nearly four years ago, have allowed that part of our lives to take a back seat to the more pressing responsibilities of working our regular jobs and running a B&B. The New Year is one where we’ve committed ourselves to making time for our creative pursuits, and so far we’re doing okay with that. We enrolled in an art class to get us going! Great fun!

    Thanks again so much for visiting with me. I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful art!


    • remnants said,

      January 27, 2009 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Paula

      Our kids are grown and so our pups are our “furry kids”. : )

      They are Min Pins and here’s a link to a little about them if you have time to take a peek.

  7. January 27, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    wow this is amazing! I am so thrilled to have found your site! Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. Isnt it funny how people have lives outside of CS.
    xo- nicole

  8. nina said,

    January 28, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    what a fabulous piece this is! very original, very lifelike, very mysterious – all good things. x nina

  9. susan tuttle said,

    February 1, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    this is beyond gorgeous — so creative — love it!

  10. gypsy-heart said,

    February 4, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Good work..very unique.

  11. susanna said,

    February 5, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Oooh…this is dark and very cool. You both had unique visions. 🙂

  12. alicia said,

    February 5, 2009 at 4:47 am

    like all of your other pieces, this is utterly gorgeous.

  13. kecia said,

    February 6, 2009 at 12:30 am

    hey there! thanks for visiting my blog – it is always so fun to meet new people. i am glad you see the humor in my last post with those emails! they are crazy. i just got another one! how can i not take them seriously now?

  14. Lisa gatz said,

    February 6, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Really cool piece!

  15. February 6, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    That is Fabulous!
    Sandra Evertson

  16. Sanja said,

    February 7, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Amazing work!

  17. February 7, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Oh i love these claws – thanks for commenting on my blog too – now I know what u mean.
    I buy the originals of these every time I find one.
    They are so expensive though – so i love that u made it out of polymer – great stuff.

  18. Carapace said,

    February 8, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Holy crow. I love this thing! I would wear it everywhere, and make up new stories for everyone who asked about it. Amazing! Please include me in the giveaway!

  19. grrl+dog said,

    February 23, 2009 at 1:38 am

    omg.. Kerin..

    I am so glad I found you, thanks for coming by my blog..that claw is awesome! My partner would swoon over it..

    it’s right up our alley.

    Teaching you say??
    Oh dear… I may have to lay out a trail of very enticing breadcrumbs to get you to Australia.

  20. Jill Shulse said,

    February 26, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Hi Kerin:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the compliments on my work! Can I add you to my ‘kewl places to visit’ on my blogsite??

  21. ThingFinder said,

    March 2, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Never seen (or imagined) anything like it!
    it’s a beaut!
    and thanks for your comment

  22. kecia said,

    March 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    thanks for the support and cyber serenity!

  23. Monique den Adel said,

    March 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Hello Kerin,
    I saw a picture of you at
    I’m interested in the necklace you’re wearing. What it’s made of for example.
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Kind regards,

    • remnants said,

      March 8, 2009 at 4:18 am

      Hi Monique~

      The necklace is made from a used tire chain actually. I cut through the cable and took the metal “beads” off and distressed them even further (as if they hadn’t been through enough already!!!).

      The amber colors that you see are from linen threads and glass heishi beads.

      What you can’t see in the photo is an absolutely gorgeous piece that my husby, Charley, made. In fact it is my favorite of all the things he has made and it has the same colors of silver and amber as the necklace I made to match. If you’d like to see the bottom part of that pendant, it is here

      Thanks for asking about it Monique and I hope to see you at Raevn’s Nest!


  24. Lorri said,

    March 20, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Thank you so much, the beautiful heart has arrived 🙂 I love it, and will certainly put it to good use. Thanks for the extra goodies, I will have fun with those too!
    I hope you are all over the nasty flu bug and feeling well again.
    Take care,

    Lorri xo

    • remnants said,

      April 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm

      Hi Lorri!

      Glad it arrived safely!!! And yes we are much better now. Thanks so much. : )

  25. Becky said,

    March 23, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Kerin, This is so cool. I would have never guessed the claw was out of polymer. Thank you for stopping by my blog. There are people out there that just don’t get IT (art). It is refreshing to find like minds.

  26. claudia said,

    March 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Hey I have three of those claws, they actually have a glass ball in them!

    • remnants said,

      April 8, 2009 at 4:47 pm

      Hi Claudia!

      Thanks for stopping by our site. I really love your work especially the creepy twins you made for your upcoming show.

      Yes, the piece I made was actually modeled after the ball & claw feet that went on antique furniture just like the ones with the glass ball like you have. I thought it would be cool to use a flash bulb instead and make the inside hollow to form a viewing tube.

  27. José said,

    April 25, 2009 at 7:29 pm


    This could look great as a lamp.
    Have you thought about it ?

    Kind regards,


    • remnants said,

      April 25, 2009 at 8:20 pm

      No I hadn’t but what a great idea! Thanks for the suggestion José.

  28. May 9, 2009 at 12:07 am

    I love that you made it for your beau!

    • remnants said,

      June 3, 2009 at 9:47 am

      Thanks Beverly!!!

      He is such a great guy it looks like I made the right choice to give him something special right off the bat. ; )

  29. Susan Tuttle said,

    June 1, 2009 at 2:31 am

    this claw is mesmerizing me — I am so attracted to the gothic flavor and time-worn look — it’s just great!

    • remnants said,

      June 3, 2009 at 11:15 am

      Thanks Susan!!! I’m so happy you came by to visit as I really love your blog and all that you do!

  30. June 3, 2009 at 2:29 am

    What an awesome piece! Soooo glad I found your blog and I will be back… Adios

    • remnants said,

      June 3, 2009 at 9:48 am

      Hi Nikki!

      Thanks for stopping by our site!! I like yours just as much so hooray!!!

  31. Kim said,

    June 9, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Love, love love thie piece! Think I’m starting to appreciate why you love polymer clay! Great piece!

    • remnants said,

      August 19, 2009 at 2:56 am

      Thanks so much Kim! And as much as I adore polymer I love resin clay even more so I hope you’ll check out my book on it when it comes out. Thanks for visiting!

  32. July 15, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    What a fabulous piece! I just love old clawfoot furniture, but this is even better!

  33. July 18, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Yet, another fantastic place of yours to visit!!! What an inspiration you are!

    Happy day!
    Christina 🙂

  34. July 24, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    This is simply stunning. Your assemblages are the best. I have several claw footed tables and you have captured the beauty perfectly. And to think it is made with polymer clay!!

  35. Donna Watson said,

    August 16, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I love all bird-related assemblages, paintings– well, all art work related to birds and this piece is fabulous.

  36. Holly said,

    September 1, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Oooh this is fabulously creepy… I LOVE IT! Such wonderful little secrets it holds! Thanks so much for dropping by my blog. Have a great day/night!

  37. Cheryl Dolby said,

    February 13, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Hi Kerin,

    I have just added a link to you on the right column of my blog under “other interesting blogs” What number are you on the magic carpet ride? Also, thanks so much for the comment on my father’s calligraphy. You have sparked an idea. I may add his words to a set of plates I have. I’ll be sure to post when I finish them and give you credit for the idea!


    • remnants said,

      February 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Cheryl!

      I am so thrilled you share the same vision about the plates!!! I will post about it also along with an intro to your wonderful blog. I’m #345 for OWOH.

      So glad to have connected!!! : )


  38. February 22, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Good morning Karin and nice meeting you. Glad you enjoyed my birthday post with the “back-in-the-day” photos. I wanted to respond back to you via e-mail this morning, but I can’t find an e-mail address for you. If you have a moment, would you mind stopping back by so I’ll have it?

    Looking forward to the workshop! xo Sherry – Have an art-filled day

  39. February 27, 2010 at 6:53 am

    You items are fab fab fab! I love the technique and the styling. This has become one of my favorite jewelry styles. Haunting and beautiful. So makes me want to explore an old victorian house attic.
    All the best,

  40. Jen Crossley said,

    March 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Aweosme to say the least Love what you have done

  41. Maria said,

    April 2, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Hi Kerin, thanks for coming by my blog and leaving a lovely message! I love the claw even though it’s a bit scary. 🙂 But that’s what makes it interesting.

  42. May 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    What a gorgeous piece… now I have to see more! roxanne

  43. spindelmaker said,

    February 6, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Wow! This is beyond cool! I redid a oran-stool this summer with four feet that looked similar to this. I added lots of skulls and shells and it looks kind of cool too. But making a copy in polymer-clay is a great idea. Can you use it as a necklace, or is the bulb too delicate? In any case, it´s absolutely lovely, and very inspiring!

    • remnants said,

      May 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Hi ~ Sorry it took so long to reply I didn’t see your comment until now. I think it would be fine as a necklace although he just has it sitting around. Since then I’ve made a similar piece that is actually a kaleidoscope. Instead of an old flash bulb there is a large glass crystal on the end and the mirrored pieces are inside the tube. You can see that here

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