Bedecked Beads Blog, Handmade Jewellery and Gifts, Scotland

Welcome to Bedecked Beads Jewellery Blog. Here I am exploring the use of polymer clay and observations of the handmade world

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  1. I decided to have a change today. My handmade seam rippers have proved very popular in the past few months and I thought I had better add to my stock.

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    These seam rippers are on brass bodies and contain stainless steel tools. This is a double tool, containing a stich unpicker and an awl tool (stiletto) I have decorated this one with a polymer clay cane in a lovely floral design.

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    The advantage to making canes, is that you can store them for years and make allsorts with them, look I even made some handmade buttons below!

     

     

    I love creating my jewellery but sometimes you have to work on other projects. In fact how much jewellery can a girl have (not too much of mine, of course) These sewing accessories make the perfect gifts for her

  2. I was really lucky to buy some Sculpey Souffle polymer clay from a lady who was giving up claying. Yaaaay for me but sad for her as you may have guessed I am a clayaholic.

    Polymer Clay Cane, Souffle ClayI sat in front of the clay and couldnt decide what to do. I thought for a while and decided to make a polymer clay cane, not my 'thing' really and the clay was a tad sticky and felt strange, a suedey feel. I was however quite pleased with the resulting cane, although when reduced I felt it lost some of its oomph. Next time I will use more clay.

    I managed to make a few things from the cane, firstly I made a pendant in a contemporary modern, half circle design. The necklace is reversible with the cane on one side and a navy on the reverse with dots made from marbled colours of the Souffle. I have also made complementary earrings which can be purchased seperately (if you wish to purchase both together, contact me and I can arrange a discount )

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    Finally I made a new seam ripper. These seam rippers are on brass bodies with stainless steel tools. Sewers and quilters like attractive, quality tools so these would make a great gift for her or a treat for yourself!

       

     

     

  3. I have a bit of a magpie thing going on "Oooo I need that" "That would be perfect for.." Sometimes I have opened drawers and found long forgotten craft supplies "What did I buy this for?"

    Well, I did find these great templates from Debbie Bulford which I bought back in March at the Polymania event in Bristol. If you have never been to a polymer clay workshop, Polymania is absolutely amazing, so well organised and such a great event for sharing ideas and chatting with other polymer clay artists.

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    These templates are wooden and I think they are meant to be used to decorate with your own colours and designs using mixed media. Decoupage would look great too. I actually used them for a cutting template with my polymer clay but was very careful so that I didn't chip the sides. Dont forget, you dont have to always buy craft supplies as household objects can be used with polymer clay too. My faves are icing nozzles!

    I made a reversible necklace using polymer clay veneers which gives two looks for the price of one. Hope you like it !

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    Please share some of the household objects you use with polymer clay designs !