Apr 202016

tribal canes necklace

In today’s video I show you how to make three simple 2-color polymer clay canes. Making beads & jewelry from these is as easy as cutting slices and adding stringing holes.

You can also cut thin slices of the canes and use them as veneers on shaped beads. Don’t forget that you can use the scraps from cane-making as well. For the central piece in my necklace above I surrounded a slice of the squared swirl cane with some leftovers from the checkerboard cane.

tribal canes

Although I love the spiral cane, I wasn’t really thrilled with the way the basket weave came out. I think if I’d used five layers for the initial stack, with the darker color  on the outsides, the design would have been more clear. Also, wrapping it with a thin sheet of clay, like I did for the checkerboard, would have been good. Ah, well….

Have fun creating and experimenting! When you’re done simply string them together with some spacers and other beads and you have a fun, graphic necklace with a tribal vibe.

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Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Tribal Canes & Necklace-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Apr 182016

imperial jasper bracelet (1)

This bracelet design is similar to ones I’ve done before, combining single strands of larger beads with smaller ones on multiple strands. It’s easy to do, and an interesting look. It’s also a great trick for stretching a few special beads to make an entire piece of jewelry. 😀

The silver stardust beads bring out some of the silvery gray color in the jasper beads. I’d considered using black beads as an accent, but thought they were too stark.

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Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Imperial Jasper Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Apr 152016

ff what is jasper

It’s really quite fascinating to delve into the origins of the beads we use in our jewelry. It makes me much more appreciative of these beautiful objects and thankful we have such easy access today!

Jasper is a semi-precious gemstone that is available in a wide variety of colors and designs. In today’s video I show you several different types and explain a bit about this natural material.

If you’re interested in learning more Barlow’s Gems website has many gorgeous and intriguing stone beads and cabochons and they do a great job explaining where each comes from. I especially like the story about Deschutes Jasper.

Here are a few more examples of jasper beads:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Friday Findings-What is Jasper video over at YouTube.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Enjoy the video and happy creating!

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