Polymer Clay Jewelry

I am finally getting around to working on my polymer jewelry!  Of course it does help that the ladies in my pharmacy are asking to see my stuff again.  I’ll take any motivation I can get.

This first piece pleases me because of the different textures it has.  The shine of the polymer, the bumpy crochet, and the smooth texture of the brown store-bought brown beads make for a tactile treat.

This next necklace came to be because of my inability to correctly figure out how much clay is needed for a project.  A friend of mine wanted to make some bracelets for her granddaughters.  I mixed the pink, purple and orange and suddenly there was enough polymer for way more than 3 bracelets!I do love the fruity colors, though, and the one-of-a kind beads.

Because jewelry fashion this year is big and chunky I was able to use a large focal bead in this bracelet. 

No doubt about it, polymer can mimic just about anything one would want.  This bracelet and earring combo has fun faux turquoise inlay beads.

“Serendipity” or” I’m Not Sure How I did This, But I Like Results

The rest of the pieces I’ll show you all have something in common- I didn’t plan any of them.

I was trying to make some pendants ala  Catherine Verdiere, but I was not very pleased with the results.  In my frustration I used a waffle cutter and cut the inlaid pieces into strips, then placed them on a black rectangle.  Very simple, but I get compliments when I wear it!

I had several canes that I hadn’t used because there was just something about them I didn’t like. I decided to mash them together and try the molkume gane technique.  One might assume that the pink at the bottom and the black line were planned-not! It was a great surprise to me when I began slicing!

The last pendant was made in the same way- find some ugly canes, roll them together, impress some designs into the clay and slice until a nice pattern appears.  I reminds me of some sort of nebula.


Glitter ATC


Since I got several questions regarding the glittered ATC I made I thought I would put it on my blog.

Here are the materials you will need:

A lacy piece (I used Graphic 1 from Silhouette) for the card front

A backing sheet of cardstock

A Xyron  with an adhesive cartridge

Assorted glitters

Post It notes

My cards were made with a black front and a black background, but since that would be too hard to see I will use a white background (fig. 1).

Fig. 1

First of all, take the background piece and run it through your Xyron .  You may use another way to apply adhesive to the card, but the point is that you will need to cover the entire card with something that will stay sticky long enough for you to get all the glitter attached.

Lay the card sticky side up and place the lacy piece on it.  You will then have an ATC with a lacy front and sticky in all the white cells (fig. 2).

Fig. 2

Now comes the time for the post- it notes.  Carefully lay the sticky side of the post- it on the black lines of the front and cover every hole but one (fig.3).

Fig. 3


 Pour glitter onto the white space and press down gently but thoroughly.  Tip excess glitter off of the card. You now have one cell done (fig. 4).

Fig. 4

Remove the post-it from the next cell and add another color of glitter. If you tamped the glitter on the first cell well there should be no stickiness left so the next color will not stick there. Your second cell is now glittered (fig. 5).

Fig. 5

Continue to remove post-its and add glitter to cells until all have been filled.  You may need to reposition some of the post-its, depending on how you arranged them to begin with. 

As an aside, if you have a Swiffer dusting cloth available you may come out of your studio with a lot less glitter in your hair!  I use these great cloths for both glitter and PearlEx projects when you want the color on the project and not anywhere else.

HTH- leave a comment, please.