Jun 202017
 

Today’s video is all about the best part of making creative things: experimentation and play.

Sometimes we get so caught up in following tutorials, or making things look like something else we’ve seen, that we don’t take the time to just be creative, explore new possibilities, and find our own voice.

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When you do sit down to this kind of creative play it’s good to just have your focus on a few simple things. This is what I show you in today’s video. I’m just making simple textured beads, but I’m playing with relatively new texture sheets. The only other thing I’m focusing on are surface effects. 

As you’ll see when you watch the video, the discoveries and revelations come from experimenting and having fun with the process.

For me, and I suspect for a lot of other artists, this is the best way to come up with techniques and processes that are uniquely my own, (or at least ones that I didn’t copy from someone else.)

By using just a quarter block, or 1/2 ounce of clay you be able to make 10 to 11 beads. Even though I made around 30 beads I found it still wasn’t enough to fully explore all the possibilities. So be sure to make plenty.

Don’t focus on making a finished product. But when you’re all done I’m sure you will be able to pull out enough pieces to make a bracelet or necklace. Don’t be surprised if they aren’t the ones you originally expected to use!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Textured Bead Tutorial and Surface Effect Experiments-Polymer Clay at video YouTube.

Feb 282017
 

I’ve seen lots of different versions of these rolled polymer clay beads around the Internet. They are basically a take off on the rolled paper beads that folks make.

I never was really impressed with the paper beads, but did see some that were very nicely done at a bead show a while back. They were coated with enough layers of varnish that you had to look twice to realize they were made of paper, which I suppose is why I liked them. 😉

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These polymer clay rolled beads can be used in so many different ways. I’ve seen them used as simple strung beads, as focals and even as toggle bars. As I mentioned in the video, it’s a great way to make coordinating beads for pendants made out of polymer clay technique sheets, such as mokume gane.

My favorite way is to first add a lot of texture to the cut triangles, roll them up, bake them and then add some dark brown paint to antique and really bring out all the texture. I know I’ve only touched on a few of the possibilities in the video, there’s so much more that we could explore.

Hopefully you are inspired to give it a try and come up with your own versions.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Simple Rolled Beads-Polymer Clay Technique Tutorial video at YouTube.