Category Archives: polymer clay projects

Polymer Clay Free Tutorial: Making a Mold

Polymer Clay Free Tutorial: Making a mold using Weeds, Flowers, & Pods

 

                                               How to Make a Polymer Clay Mold

Spring has sprung here on the sunny West-Coast of Florida. Flowers are blooming, trees are lush and green, and the weeds are abundant!  It inspired me to go for a walk in the woods, and as polymer clay is always on my mind, I decided to search for something new to use in my mold-making. I found so many interesting shapes and textures that I thought would lend themselves perfectly to polymer clay. A few of the plant specimens are shown below. I found it best to use them right away, as they seem to dry out quickly, and become brittle.

Use a conditioned piece of Premo clay that has been rolled out on the #1 setting of the pasta machine. Cut 2 small squares and lay them one on top of the other, so you have a double thickness of clay. Place the clay block on a baking tile. Dust the top of the clay with some cornstarch to act as a release. Trim the plant specimen and arrange it in a pleasing pattern on the clay block.
Next, cover your work with a piece of parchment paper. Using an acrylic square, press down to embed plants and stems.

Grasp the stems by the ends, and carefully pull them out, so as not to distort the raw clay mold. For the stubborn ones left behind, use a beading pin to gently pry up the pieces. If you are going to use the mold to make earrings you can stop at this step.

I like to add a raised frame around the edge when I make a mold for a pendant, it really sets off the design. If you decide to put resin on your pendant, the frame has the added advantage of holding the resin on top of your pendant.
Now, place the mold in your clay oven, and bake for approximately 30 minutes at 275 degrees.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial, Happy crafting!
Tip:  When using your new mold to make a pendant, dust it thoroughly with cornstarch, so the clay doesn’t stick to the mold.
Pendant made using the mold with the raised edge frame
*Note how nicely the thin edge holds the resin

Please stop by and visit my Etsy Shop for Polymer Clay Jewelry, and many more Tutorials: Beadazzle Me

Polymer Clay Tutorial: for Polyform Products

Emerald Faux Dichroic Pendant: featuring Pantone’s Color for 2013

 

 

My NEW Emerald Faux Dichroic pendant featuring
Pantone’s color of the year for 2013


I created this pendant and the tutorial for the Polyform Products Company, the maker’s of my favorite clay Premo!  Here is the link to the free  tutorial I wrote for them: www.sculpey.com/projects/premo-dichroic-look-pendant

Enjoy the free tutorial! Check out all the great new 
products from Sculpey too!
Their new texture sheets are fabulous.

Wearable Art for your Ears

Wearable Art for your Ears

What’s on my work-table this week?  Earrings!  I love making earrings, they are practically the only jewelry I wear, other than my wedding ring.

I created a fern mold & made a few sets of these, with 14K gold findings. They are quite thin & delicate, with a generous coating of resin, to add shine & depth.

Of course, I had to make some purple earrings too, my favorite color!

These “Fairy Wing” earrings are something a bit different for me. I wasn’t sure I liked them & I almost threw them in the reject bowl (yes, I have a Large reject bowl) but I managed to tweak them a bit & they turned out quite interesting!

I made these leaf shaped earring from an old Kaleidoscope cane. I love Hot Pink & Orange together, it’s such a 70’s retro look.

Come take a peek at the other goodies I have for sale in My Etsy Shop Beadazzle Me

Creating my Own Pendant Settings

Making a Pendant Setting

Currently, I’m working on designing some pendant settings, to use with small cabochons. I’m making my own molds with Premo clay, by impressing found objects, then cutting them out with metal shape cutters. I mixed a few Premo Metallic colors together to create a Golden/Bronze look for the setting. After I baked it I applied some Burnt Umber to add an antique look. Then a few touches of Treasure Gold rub, to highlight the raised design.

Now, I’m trying to decide what color cabochons to make as the insert. Here is a Turquiose, Metallic Tan, & White abstract cab.

Whatever cabochon inserts I decide to use, I will definitely coat them with resin before I affix them to the setting.

Completed Cabochon Setting in Silver clay with black accents

Polymer Clay Tutorial: How to Create Mica Shift Striped Pendants

         Mica Shift Tutorial

My New PDF File Tutorial is finally complete!
Click on the link above to view it.
This is 4th Polymer Clay tutorial
that I have made available in my
Etsy Shop, Beadazzle Me.
This tutorial will guide you step by step, how-to create Polymer Clay Mica Shift Striped Pendants, it includes 30 pages of easy to understand instructions, and 53 color images.
Directions are also printed right on the photos, so you may choose to follow the photos only, for an easy, photo by photo version of the tute..
Here are a few examples of my
completed Mica Shift jewelry

Mica Shift Technique Earrings
Gray/Silver/Gunmetal Pendant
Sea-breeze Pendant
Mica Shift 1″ Pendants

The Resin tutorial below is a companion tutorial to this one
How to Apply Resin to Polymer Clay Pendants

Polymer Clay Tutorial: How to Create Cabochon Pendants

New Polymer Clay Tutorial

Now Available in my Etsy Shop

Introducing my 2nd Polymer Clay Tutorial.

This one is called “How to Create Cabochon Pendants”. It is a step-by-step guide, including 42 color photos, 28 pages. Also contains, a Gallery
of completed projects, and a helpful Q& A Tips section!
This is a 2-part tutorial, it’s like getting 2 tutorials in one!

The Tutorial is available

in my Etsy Shop

This Pendant was made for Breast Cancer Awareness

Faux Geodes Continued: Polymer Clay Ideas

Faux Geodes Continued…

I’m creating more Faux Geode pieces again!

This time it’s a pendant consisting of 5 very thin cane
slices in varied shapes, colors & sizes. I used
Pardo Jewelry clay to achieve the translucent Turquiose
& Olive Green shades. Added to each color is a
generous portion of my favorite Translucent Pardo.
The light shines through the sheer slices & illuminates them

Polymer Clay Tutorial: How to Make Faux Glass Beads

Tutorial: How-to Create Faux Glass Beads

I just released my first Tutorial! How-to Create Polymer Clay
Faux Glass Beads. It’s available in my Etsy Shop Beadazzle Me.
I sold my first copy just an hour after listing it on Etsy!
I love sharing my techniques & ideas. This tutorial
is a complete step-by-step guide, with 20 full-color photos,
of  how to achieve your own, unique, hand-crafted beads!
You’ll be amazed by how Glass-like they appear! They are made
using the new Pardo Professional Polymer clay.
It’s so much Fun, you won’t be able to stop at justone, it’s addicting! Make your own shimmery Faux Glass Bead bracelet, Earrings,
or maybe a simple drop pendant.
Happy Crafting:)
 3/23/11 Happy Birthday Mom!  This Tutorial is dedicated in my Mom’s memory. She taught me every craft skill imaginable…she is my Heart:)

Polymer Clay Kitty Cat Teapot

“How To” Polymer Clay Project:  Using a Recycled Light-bulb

Black & White Kitty-Cat Teapot stands only
 3 1/2″ tall and is sculpted from Fimo polymer clay over a
small appliance light-bulb. I used an assortment of my
handmade black & white canes
to decorate the little fellow. The tiny teapot will actually
hold water & can be used as a vase too!

Tutorial: How to Create Polymer Clay Faux Glass Beads

I just released my first Tutorial! How-to Create Polymer Clay
Faux Glass Beads. It’s available in my Etsy Shop Beadazzle Me.
I sold my first copy just an hour after listing it on Etsy!
I love sharing my techniques & ideas. This tutorial
is a complete step-by-step guide, with 20 full-color photos,
of  how to achieve your own, unique, hand-crafted beads!
You’ll be amazed by how Glass-like they appear!
It’s so much Fun, you won’t be able to stop at just
one, it’s addicting! Make your own shimmery bracelet, Earrings,
or maybe a simple drop pendant. Happy Crafting:)

Polymer Clay Bracelet

Made using my new Faux Glass Bead tutorial, with Gold & Russet beads.