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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 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!

       

     

     

  2. 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 !

  3. Its great fun managing my small business, but everyone thinks that all it involves is making pretty things (or not) and having a jolly time. Quite often my 'rejects' make their way into my jewellery box, hehe. Unfortunately small businesses have 'boring' tasks to do too but that is part of the job, just like 'normal' work. So here is an idea of the things I do

    1. Have a lightbulb moment and go through the design process in my head
    2. Start the first part of the ctreative process, here I have made some scrap clay blanks to decorateIMG_20190524_124409_754
    3. Deciding how I will proceed, here I pulled out lots of crafting supplies to create this unusual veneer 

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        4. Here I have decorated a previously made clay blank and strung it on a waxed cotton cord and beads

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        5. Eventually I take photographs, upload to my website and right numerous descriptions, trying to vary each one!

    My day isnt yet done, I have to share on social media, my faves being Instagram and Facebook and popping in and out of Twitter. A long day but so worth it !

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