Category Archives: Polymer Clay Bracelets

Summer Jewelry Trends: Polymer Clay & Seashells

Summer Jewelry Trends: Polymer Clay & Seashells

Summer breezes, salt water, sand, & Seashells! One of my favorite hobbies is collecting unusual
shells from our gorgeous Florida beaches. I love incorporating my finds into my polymer clay
jewelry.

The most difficult shells to find are the orange scallop shells, the tinier the better. Nature creates such stunning colors. The background of this photo was taken on Sarasota Bay.

This bracelet contains a mix of small scallop shells, Cat’s Paws, Orange Jingle shells.
                                    Just Jewelry Magazine
Just Jewelry Magazine
Just Jewelry Magazine My Polymer Clay Starfish & Florida Shell Bracelets are featured in this issue of the magazine, June 2015.

Please stop by and visit my Etsy Shop:  Beadazzle Me
to see these pieces and more Seashell Jewelry.

Polymer Clay Faux Dichroic Jewelry

Polymer Clay Faux Dichroic Jewelry

I’ve been busy creating some colorful
Faux Dichroic jewelry for my Etsy Shop.

I always wanted to work with real dichroic glass, but this is the next best thing! I use a nice thick coat of Enviro tex lite resin
to bring my faux dichroic glass creations to life.

 
Textured Rainbow Earrings
You might like to try one of my tutorials, click the link below:

Tutorial

Polymer Clay Tutorial: How to Create a Polymer Clay Cuff Bracelet

Polymer Clay Cuff Bracelet Tutorial

New Tutorial

Purple Millefiori Cuff Bracelet

I finally finished my latest tutorial, this one took a couple months to complete. I love making cuff bracelets, and I hope people will find my unique technique of constructing them, a great alternative to other methods.

In my new tutorial How to Create a Polymer Clay Cuff Bracelet I reveal my secrets to successfully creating a sturdy & flexible Cuff Bracelet, from start to finish. The Tutorial will guide you step by step on “How To Create” a fabulous Millefiori flower pattern bracelet.

You will learn:
Basic construction of cuff, my own way
Step by Step Decorating cuff/ Inspirations/Ideas/my Millefiori technique
Finishing cuff/ Buffing/or Varnish
Drilling cuff & adding magnetic clasp

It includes 24 pages of easy to understand instructions, and 53 color images, Gallery photos of completed cuff bracelet projects. This Millefiori technique (of using small flower canes to decorate) may be used on pendants & other polymer clay pieces. I explain how I do all my millefiori work, so that it appears seamless, and requires little wet-sanding.
Suitable for use by Intermediate to Advanced level polymer clay enthusiasts, will also enjoy it. Some prior experience with polymer clay is needed.

Beadazzle Me Polymer Clay Jewelry    visit my Etsy shop to see all my tutorials!

purple 1-002Link to tutorial:
 https://www.etsy.com/listing/233245943/polymer-clay-tutorial-millefiori-cuff?ref=shop_home_feat_2

Polymer Clay Bangles inspired by Ca’ d’ Zan

Polymer Clay Bangles inspired by Ca’ d’ Zan

My latest creation is a Polymer clay bangle made of 100% Premo clay. Done in the Mokume Gane technique, of impressing & slicing off thin layers. My inspiration was the John Ringling home in Sarasota Florida. Using the rich colors seen throughout the Venetian style mansion.


The Ringlings’ dazzling palatial mansion is a tribute to the American Dream and reflects the splendor and romance of Italy.
The homes name Ca’ d’Zan, meaning House of John, has 56 incredible rooms filled with art and original furnishings. With its Venetian Gothic architecture, the mansion is a combination of the grandeur of Venice’s Doge’s Palace, combined with the gothic grace of Cà d’Oro, with Sarasota Bay serving as its Grand Canal.  We are fortunate enough to live near the mansion, and take frequent boat trips that offer a birds eye view of the Palazzo.  It’s a lovely spot on the Bay, where we also see many Manatees.

The colors used throughout the home reflect
the Ringlings’ love of the circus, and the vibrant blues, greens, oranges & red hues, commonly seen in the circus world.

John Ringling’s’ Bedroom

How to: Faux Hidden Magic Tutorial

Polymer Clay Faux Hidden Magic

Free Cuff Bracelet Tutorial

Here is my simplified version of the Hidden Magic technique. It’s quick & easy & the results are comparable to real thing, if I do say so myself-lol! I’m an impatient person, if I get an idea I like to see the finished product ASAP!
I used Premo Clay for this demo, the colors are vibrant & it retains a nice flexibility after baking.The cane I used for this bracelet was an older one, so after I ran the slice through the pasta machine on #2, I added a very thin sheet of translucent on top, to hold it all together. Then, the thin black & white sheets over that. Run the whole concoction through on #3, and then black side down on your stamp on #1. Wha-La !

Polymer Clay & Shells

Under the Sea: Starfish, Shell & Freshwater Pearl Bracelets

Peach & Melon Starfish Bracelet
Silver & Turquiose Starfish Bracelet
Back to my favorite private beach last week-end, where I find all my lovely shells. It’s on the Gulf of Mexico,you can only get there by boat, it’s very secluded. We always take our dog Teddy along with us, he’s very good at sniffing out the best shells!! I hope you like my new Starfish bracelets, they are loaded with a nice mix of Scallop shells, Orange & white Jingles, Pointed Augers, Freshwater Pearls, and my new Mini 10mm Pillow Beads.
Click this link & come visit my Etsy Shop to see my Starfish Bracelet & and many more unique jewelry designs.
Seafoam Starfish Bracelet
Teddy is hunting for shells

How to Drill Seashells for Jewelry – Check out my Slide Show!

I love to gather shells here on the beautiful West Coast of Florida. I’ve had so many requests from other crafters about how I drill my seashells for use in jewelry applications. I hope you enjoy my Slide-show Tutorial:)

Polymer Clay “Art Immitates Life”

Polymer Clay Faux Geode Bracelet

The Faux Geode bracelet is made with a cane similar to the one I used in the Faux Geode necklace (shown in an earlier post). I used Fimo translucent clay with a tint of Premo purple & violet. The bracelet is strung on purple jewelry wire, I also added charcoal colored glass accent beads. I  enjoy making  these unusual pieces,  I never sell them,  I just keep adding to my collection that I display in my craft studio.

Polymer Clay Charm Bracelets

Polymer Clay Charm Bracelets

Charming, Charm Bracelets! Pictured above are just a few of the many different bracelets in my new collection.This new line of Charm Bracelets have been such a popular item in my Etsy Shop this year.  I think it’s because they are so fun to wear & no matter where you go people want to look at all the charms & ask you where you found such a unique bracelet!

The Black & White Made for a Angel bracelet is especially close to my heart. I made this in memory of my Mom who passed away 7 years ago from a series of strokes. She is my Angel! She taught me every craft imaginable, from crocheting doilies & afghans to watercolor painting & quilting & so much more. She did it all, and did it to perfection! I miss her everyday, but know she lives on in my heart & also in my many craft projects, she is my daily inspiration:)

Polymer Clay Mica Shift Bracelet

Mica Shift cabochon bracelet features a design motif of various plaids, squares & dots. The handmade cabochons are paired with russet colored freshwater pearls & assembled with copper findings.

For these cabochons I used a Mica Shift technique  that involves using a deep cut rubber stamp. Some stamps are made specifically for use with clay & are therefore deeply cut & leave a nice impression. Lisa Pavelka makes a fabulous line of rubber stamps , for polymer clay & PMC. By pressing a stamp into the prepared sheet of metallic clay, the particles are forced out of alignment. Now the raised areas of clay are gently sliced off using a tissue blade, leaving a holographic 3-D effect. These scraps that are sliced off are also useful (I save everything) for creating a pendant or matching beads. When I am working with the Mica Shift technique I always have a prepared square of clay ready to lay these shaved off scraps onto. My favorite brand of clay for this technique is Premo, it seems to have the largest particles of mica per ounce. I also use Fimo Soft white pearl in many of my beads & pendants. It adds a lustrous pearly glow to the piece & is a different shade of white than the Premo pearl.

I hope you will try this technique, it is really lots of fun & surprisingly easy! You’ll be amazed when you see the ghost effect appear! The real magic happens after you’ve baked your pendant & sanded it smooth:)