By Ronna Weltman

Artistically combining polymer clay with cord, this unique handbook teaches crafters and jewellery makers tips to create natural, subtle, and modern jewellery. quite a number cutting edge recommendations in designing beads and elements from polymer clay are mixed with wireworking components, encouraged clasps and ear wires, twine bead caps, polymer clay tipped head pins, and extra for a signature glance. Explaining basics of jewellery layout, this guide additionally delves into what makes a bit «primitive» and the way to accomplish an natural influence via colour blending and textures. integrated are a large choice of polymer clay and cord jewellery layout and texture suggestions, 15 distinct targeted tasks, and a gallery of accomplished works.

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However, it's also possible to distort uncured clay when poking holes. Waiting to cut a hole until after the bead, cap, or disk is cured eliminates the worry over distortion, but there is no room for error. 4 When you feel the little poke from the needle tool on your index finger, gently grasp the bead between your thumb and index finger and twist the needle tool so it goes through the bead completely (Figure 2) and then pull it back out, still using a twisting motion. 5 Turn the bead over and push the needle tool through the opposite hole, again using a twisting motion.

Gently pat the rope so it adheres to the bead. Cure for 45 minutes and then apply shoe polish to the bead with a firm paintbrush Rub off the excess with a soft cloth or paper towel. Multi-Direction Wrapped Bead 37 Extrude a long, narrow string of black polymer clay; set aside. Make a 20mm base bead from translucent clay Poke a hole in the middle of the bead with a needle tool; keep the bead on the needle tool for the next step 38 Wrap the long, narrow string of black polymer clay around the 20mm base bead, switching direction frequently and gently patting the string onto the base bead as you go (Figure 9) Don't worry if the string breaks.

CANES • Always use colors that look good together. If the colors that are being blended are not harmonious , the marble blend won't look good . Many of the techniques used in working with polymer clay evolved from ancient lampwork-glass techniques. Canes are simply logs of clay that are made to be sliced • Be sure to include dramatic contrasts. If all the colors in a marble blend are similar, it may be boring. All of my marbled blends have either black or white in them, and most have both. • Pay attention to the color saturation levels of different clays.

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