Nov 282017
 

When you learn to make not only your own jewelry, but also to create your own beads and components it opens up whole new opportunities for personalizing and making your pieces special.

This is especially true during the Christmas season when we like to give meaningful gifts.

button box necklace cover

Since many of the pieces in my button collection are from my grandmother, my mother-in-law or other special people, I always enjoy poking through it, thinking of them and different ways I can use these meaningful objects.

Creating beads molded from these buttons is a nice way of making jewelry that is beautiful as well as sentimental.

Of course, you can also just make molds of purchased buttons you like so you can replicate them multiple times.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Tools and Materials:

Watch the Button Box Necklace-Sentimental Memory Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Jul 272016
 

floral cascade necklace

This design started with an idea to use chain to make a “Y” shaped necklace with lots of leaves and flowers dangling from it. I went searching for photos of flowers that naturally droop downward. One of my favorite resources for flower pics is my Burpee seed catalog, their gorgeous color close ups are wonderful.

When I had no luck with the seed catalog I wandered out to the kitchen for a snack and found a stem of comfrey flowers that my husband had brought in. Perfect!

comfrey

Hubby has been propagating comfrey because of its many healing properties. You can learn more by searching “medicinal herb comfrey.” This article on comfrey from A Modern Herbal is interesting and there are many others out there if you are interested.

For my purposes today though, I’ll just be using the flowers as inspiration and the leaves for texture.

Be sure to check back next week for how to add surface details to your clay pieces and then assemble them into this pretty necklace.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Floral Cascade Necklace Part 1-Polymer Clay Video Tutorial at YouTube.

May 182016
 

bird branch pendant

Today I have for you part two on how to make this bird & branch pendant. Here’s the link to part one of the Bird & Branch Steampunk pendant, in case you missed it.

Tools & Materials:

Have fun with this design, changing it up and making it your own.

Watch the Bird, Branch & Steampunk Heart Pendant Part 1-Polymer Clay Tutorial at YouTube.

Watch the Bird, Branch & Steampunk Heart Pendant Part 2-Polymer Clay Tutorial at YouTube.

May 112016
 

bird branch pendant

I’ve seen a lot of these pendants lately with some combination of a bird, branch, nest and heart and decided it was time to make one myself.

All of these pieces are fairly simple to sculpt so even if you’ve never used polymer clay before I hope you’ll give it a try! Put all the simple components together and I think they make a fun and unique pendant. Here’s the link if you would like to use my heart template.

In this week’s video I show you how to make the bird and the branch. Next week we’ll create the steampunk heart and put it all together.

Tools & Materials:

Make sure you put together your wire nest first, see my Springtime Nest video tutorial for how to.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Bird, Branch & Steampunk Heart Pendant Part 1-Polymer Clay Tutorial at YouTube.

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.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

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

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

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

Sep 302014
 

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday once again, and Happy October, too. 🙂

2014 10 01 woyww  joann's samples

My desk today doesn’t show much more than the beginnings of several samples I’m working on for classes I’ll be teaching at Joann’s.

So, I thought I’d show you the promised pics of a couple finished projects.

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First up are the Faux Sea Glass polymer clay beads that I burned a while back. Those black, blobby looking things are them.

patined beads

Here they are, painted with Swelligant metal paints, then patinated with the Tiffany green solution. After the patina was done, I lightly brushed on some of the metal paint, so the patinas are mostly in the recesses. Cool, eh?

purple flower necklace (1)

And here’s the polymer clay necklace I was working on two weeks ago.

purple flower necklace (2)

I like the way the Swarovski crystals and the pearls work with the polymer clay flowers.

purple flower necklace (3)

And, surprise, surprise, it hangs just the way I wanted it to.

It doesn’t always work that way on the first try, you know. 😀

So, that’s what I’ve got for ya this week.  If you’d like to see what other creative folks are up to this week, join our What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday blog link party over at Julia’s.

Happy creating!

Nov 252013
 

Presenting the newest item in my Etsy shop:  a Dragon Cameo.

dragon-cameo-1 

I got the idea when wearing a necklace based on Jill Kollman’s Micro Sculpt Applique project in the June 2013 issue of Polymer Cafe.

floral-clay-pendant

I’d been trying to make a smallish dragon pendant, but those sticky-outy wings and tails were just too breakable.

dragon-cameo-2

So, while wearing the floral pendant, I got the idea to put the dragon on an oval base so all those delicate parts would be supported.

dragon-cameo-3

The mica shift background makes me think of stones, which makes me think of a castle, which, of course, is perfectly appropriate for a dragon. 🙂

flower-cameo-1

While cutting out the oval bases I made a few smaller ones, but then realized they were so tiny (about 1 inch at the longest) if I tried to build a dragon on one of them I would lose my mind and possibly go blind.  (The eyes are getting old. Boo. Hiss.) So instead, I pretty much copied Jill’s design again, just in the traditional blue and white cameo colors.

flower-cameo-3

My first plan was to list this floral pendant on Etsy too, but it so much resembles Jill’s design that I don’t feel right doing that.

etsy-packaging

Speaking of my Etsy shop, I’ve updated my packaging.  From now on, all items small enough to fit will come on one of these pretty pillow boxes wrapped in twine or ribbon.  Designs on the boxes will vary, but you can always request something in particular.

Keep an eye on this space for an upcoming sale in my Etsy shop. I haven’t had time to organize it yet, but I really need to clear it out and update the look.

Happy creating!