Apr 132016
 

Ombré disc beads

This necklace combines two of my favorite things you can do with polymer clay: an ombré blend and great texture.

The result does NOT look like a bunch of colorful potato chips, but instead is rather funky and elegant.  😀

As I show in the video, the look is a bit different without the seed beads between each disc. You decide which you prefer.

As promised, the first in the list below is the link to my video on making clay blends. The rest are some links to free classes at CraftArtEdu on how to make and manipulate polymer clay blends.

If you like the colors I used in my blend I list them in the supply list below. Two parts of each of the three main colors was mixed with one part Pearl clay to get my beginning shades.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Ombré Disc Beads-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Apr 112016
 

chipped swags earrings

I’m always a fan of designs that can be easily changed to get a completely different look.

Today’s earrings use tiger eye chips to make spiky swags hanging from short lengths of chain. But think how different they would feel if the beads were smooth rounds, or crystals, or even tiny seed beads.

Have fun creating and making this design your own.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Chipped Swag Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Apr 082016
 

ff sliding knots

Sometimes just stringing a focal piece onto a simple cord is the best design choice. There is such a thing as too much embellishment!

That, combined with the fact that I love my necklaces to be adjustable, is why I use this sliding knot closure so often.

It’s not complicated to make, but you will get the best results if you follow the steps in the video.

My favorite cords for sliding knots:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-How to Add a Sliding Knot Closure video over at YouTube.

Apr 062016
 

pc textures cover

In last week’s Gentle Breezes earrings video we used a purchased texture plate to make a texture in polymer clay. It’s a quick and easy way to do it, but I really prefer to create my own textures.

In today’s video I give you a wide variety of ideas for creating unique textures for your polymer clay projects. Not only can you use unexpected household items, but consider going outdoors to see what you can find. Or just take a closer look at everything.

peach pits

Who’d a thunk it? Peach pits!

Here are several ideas that didn’t make it into the video:

To make my textures I like to use  Easymold Silicone Putty. If you don’t have a pasta machine to roll the sheets an Acrylic Clay Roller will work just fine. Texturing tools you may find helpful:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Creating Textures For Polymer Clay video over at YouTube.

Apr 042016
 

blue geisha earrings

Sometimes it’s fun to start a jewelry design with the findings. These cute little fans just needed some beads dangling from them to be complete.

Skipping the wire wrapping of the top drilled briolettes and using jump rings instead makes this a super quick project!

I couldn’t find the exact fans that I used, but below are some pretty ones to choose from. If they don’t have holes where you need, remember that you can use a screw punch to make them easily enough.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Blue Geisha Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Apr 012016
 

ff crimp covers

Knowing how to finish your projects with crimp beads is a basic jewelry making skill that most of us learn early on. However, I was stringing beads for quite some time before I learned about crimp covers. Once I found them, I never looked back. 🙂

Personally, I think they make a big difference in the final look of your work. It’s just more finished, more professional when those flattened crimps are neatly hidden away.

In today’s video I show the simple method I’ve found for handling crimp covers and I’ll show you  a couple other unexpected ways to use them.

If you need to stock up here are a few to choose from:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Ways to Use Crimp Covers video over at YouTube.

Mar 302016
 

gentle breezes earrings

One of the things I love about polymer clay is its ability to take on any sort of texture you like. This is one reason it’s so good at imitating other materials.

For today’s earrings we won’t be imitating anything, but just making and enhancing a beautiful texture. I’ll show you how easy it is to use UV resin to get that lovely domed shine which magnifies the texture and the gold shimmer.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Gentle Breezes Earrings-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

 

Mar 282016
 

stingray leather bracelet

Sometimes it’s fun to make a very simple design, but use unique and interesting components. The nice folks at Endless Leather sent me three different leathers (cowhide, kangaroo and stingray!) along with gold plated findings to make a project perfect for guys & gals alike.

The assembly is simple: two part epoxy glues the leather into the end caps and the clasp is attached with  jump rings. In the video I give some tips for sizing.

To make a bracelet to fit a 7 inch wrist you’ll need:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Stingray Leather Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Mar 252016
 

studio tour worktable

Many of you said you enjoyed my studio tour and seeing how I organize and store things in my work space. Today I show you some of the details of my work table.

Here are links to the things I mention in the video:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-Studio Tour Part 5, Work Table video over at YouTube.

Mar 232016
 

sculpted polymer flowers

In today’s project you will learn not only how to make a simple polymer clay cane, but also how to use that cane to make pretty floral pendants.

It’s simple sculpting and you have lots of options for how to use your piece once it’s done. I like the idea of making several different flowers, each with two stringing channels, and then putting them together with a few beads for a bracelet.

Tools and materials:

This is one of those designs that has many different possibilities. From each cane you have two different colors options and they go together so quickly, you’ll want to make a bunch. 🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Sculpted Polymer Clay Flowers Video Tutorial over at YouTube.