Apr 142017
 

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There are lots of different ways to hang polymer clay pendants from necklace cord. Some of the more obvious are adding a hole, adding a loop to the pendant or embedding some kind of metal finding. But sometimes the design just doesn’t warrant it. Sometimes you don’t want any of the findings to show on the front.

I’ve seen lots of different styles of polymer clay bails pressed onto the backs of pendants, but they can often be bulky. Today I’m going to show you a quick and easy way to secure a hidden, low-profile bail to the back of your polymer clay pendant.

If you don’t have the coiling gizmo to make your coils you can wrap your wire around anything cylindrical. But using this cool tool will make your work much quicker and it’s easier to get consistent results.

Watch my video on Coiled Wire Beads and Other Findings, which includes how to use the Coiling Gizmo.

Remember to first plan your stringing cord so that you can make a wire coil of the appropriate size. The thicker your coil,  by the way, the thicker the backing of your clay should be. But don’t embed your coil so deeply that you can no longer fit in your cording!

As I mention in the video, all the pendants I use for demonstration in the video were made with directions from Christi Friesen’s book, Flourish.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How to Make a Hidden Coil Bail For Pendants-Friday Findings Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Mar 242017
 

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Sometimes the trickiest part of making custom polymer clay jewelry pieces is locating findings that enhance and work well with them. We can easily solve this problem by creating our own findings out of yet more polymer clay.

It’s not only solves the problem but actually makes our pieces even more unique and creative.

In today’s video I will show you how simple it is to make fancy, decorative tube style bails for your clay or other pieces.

I show enhancing them with textures, mica powders and Gilders Pastes, but you can be as decorative as you need to be in order to get a cohesive look in your jewelry.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the DIY Polymer Clay Jewelry Bails-Friday Findings Tutorial video on YouTube.

Mar 172017
 

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Although shopping for and using unique jewelry findings is a lot of fun, it’s even more satisfying if we can create them ourselves. This is one reason why I’ve really been wanting to get into metal clay, as I think it’s the perfect fusion between creating in polymer clay and having quality precious metal jewelry.

However, since that is cost prohibitive at the moment we can content ourselves with making our findings out of polymer clay. It’s a great way to make perfectly matched findings for your polymer clay jewelry and makes each piece even that much more unique.

In today’s video I will show you how to make simple tube bail. Interestingly, a couple hours after I shot this video I watched a video from a Patricia Roberts-Thompson, who has a relatively new YouTube channel, showing how to make polymer clay end caps. Her process is very similar to mine. The only difference between the end caps and the tube bails is that the bails need to have a wire loop inserted and the end caps need to have one end capped, naturally.

I show a simple way of texturing a bail, but don’t forget that you could also make smooth bails and then add swirls, dots, flowers or whatever else you like and then do one more baking. This would make the bail more of a focal piece than an accent, but with the right pendant it might be just what it needs.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the DIY Tube Bails Out Of Polymer Clay – Friday Findings Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Feb 102017
 

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Sometimes drilling a hole to hang a polymer clay pendant or dangle is the easy and obvious solution, but it isn’t always the most appropriate or fitting for your piece.

I’ve done videos on several different types of purchased bails…

… but what if you don’t have one on hand that will work? And what if you don’t want to wait to go shopping or order one online?

In today’s video I’ll show you how you can quickly and easily make your own custom bails for polymer clay and other jewelry pieces; and use only a few inches of wire.

Choose thick or thin wire, neat coils or messy wraps, and either bare wire or add a patina to get a unique look that perfectly suits your project.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How To Make Custom Wire Bails for Polymer Jewelry-Friday Findings video at YouTube.