Over the last few days I’ve been making all sorts of things out of clay that were destined to be made into jewelry. Some of them I had definite ideas in my head about what I wanted to do, but others not so much. Last night and this afternoon I spent a few hours putting those ideas together. What did I end up with? Some pretty cool stuff!
7 of the 8 items pictured in the gallery above were made mostly from polymer clay. The last few days I have been making a ton of those little round, flat disks to make the bracelets, one pair of earrings, and the necklace, and I actually made too many- I still have about 50 of them left.
The two pairs of earrings at the beginning are a little different, but still polymer clay. They were so easy to make and the random splotchy designs are a lot of fun. My friend Tracy at Art Resurrected said they looked a bit fried eggs, so I ran with it. They are in the store listed as Eggcellent Earrings (in blue, and in yellow)!
I was also really happy to use that big black and silver focal beads in the green bracelet because I honestly had no idea what to do with it for ages. I had purchased it as part of a string of beads with a purpose in mind for 4 of them, but still had a few leftover, including it, and the black crystals and metal beads on either side of it.
Anyway, you can see all of these items in my shop- just click on the Jewelry category!
I woke up today with a headache and just felt wonky, but I wanted to do something, so why not play with clay? Its low stress, and can be as easy as I want it to be, so why not? Its been a while since I’ve played with my clay too, so an even better reason to mess around with it.
I ended up playing around with some different ideas after looking through some Pinterest boards on polymer clay, and came up with something I liked, though it really does make me think of pimento cheese. I also used up some small scraps and made a few round beads while I was at it.
The flat shapes I will make earrings out of, and have some ideas in mind already, I just need to take inventory of my jump rings and my chain first. Maybe I will do that tomorrow. The round beads I don’t know what to do with yet, so for now they are in my stash along with my other round beads awaiting a use to come to mind.
The flat shapes were super easy to make with the color blobs in them. I just rolled out a stubby tube of a color, wrapped a sheet of another color around it, sliced it up, and then placed slices of it on my background color before rolling it out. They smeared and melted into the background color perfectly. So simple and such fun effects!
Since today we are going to a Halloween party, and I have all of my costume set, I still needed some jewelry. Last night I sat down to make some polymer clay beads using my officially perfected marbling technique, and toss is some smallish irregular beads as well as some seed beads.
This is what I came up with and I really like the outcome. I have read on a few pages about polymer clay that you should avoid doing marbling because anyone can do it and its just not special. I quite like the way it looks though and it was perfect for this piece considering the color theme of my costume.
Anyway, in a few hours, I’ll be clambering into my petticoat, skirt, blouse, jacket, jewelry and wig, and we’ll be off to the party! I had a dream that my mom of all people helped me color my hair last night in a rainbow of soft pastels, which was kinda neat, but I did that in real life years ago myself so maybe not so far out there.
A while back I purchase the Polyform AS2035 Sculpey Bead Maker, which advertises to make perfectly round beads in three sizes- 13mm, 16mm, and 18mm. It comes with little measuring cups for your clay to ensure you use the enact amount needed, and a roller contraption to form them into perfect spheres. I watched the video about it on YouTube when I heard about, and it looked so easy I rushed over to Amazon to buy one.
Then the little contraption sat in its box for a few months with my clay and other supplies doing nothing. Finally, about a week ago, I decided to bust it all out and make myself some round beads. I ended up using a half a dozen colors or so, and making 2 or 3 beads in each color. After I formed them, I used some of my sculpting tools to push little grooves and other texturing into their surfaces, and added other embellishments to some of them as well. Hearts, swirly lines, polka dots, and two of the beads were marbled.
All in all, a very good experience using this tool, and it was a nice relaxing way to pass part of the afternoon! So easy and fun! I’m looking forward to making more round beads with this little gadget.