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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. There is such a wide variety of paints and surface treatments for polymer clay and as clayers we never have enough ! I recently bought some colour changing paints which are luscious metallics with an undertone. The paints used are Color Shift by Folk Art Color Shift Paints

    I initially made a necklace to which I added the paints prior to curing and there was a substantial change in the colours, so I decided to do some test pieces and experiment. I made squares of black and white clay (I used Premo), covered one set of squares in the four paint colours I had. I cured these squares together with some unpainted squares for 30 minutes

    Once out of the oven I added paint to the previously unpainted squares and now I had a good indication of changes in colour. If paint is added and cured, the luminosity disappears somewhat and we get  more subtle colours, which I rather like. If you add to blank cured clay, you get more true colours.. Dont forget that you can increase intensity of colour by letting one layer of clay dry and adding another.

    Test Tiles Color shift PaintsPremo Paint Testing

    Making Jewellery with Polymer Clay and Paints

    This pendant was made by adding paints before curing and provides a mini tutorial for you (intermediate clayers) Please ask questions or leave comments if you like

    Supplies Black polymer clay, liquid clay, clay knife, cutters and blades, silk screen of choice (mine was from Tonja Lenderman) paint brush, pan pastels (not essential) white acrylic paint, Color Shift Paints (available in the UK from Clayaround)

    • Silk screen your black polymer clay with the white paint (if you wish to paint your piece before curing)
    • Paint the gaps in the design with your colour change paints, once the white clay has dried
    • Once fully dried, cut out your jewellery shape over a further pice of black clay which will give you the required thickness for your piece. NB I have not specified settings on pasta machine as all machines are different and if comes down to personal preference
    • Add Pan Pastels to background and burnish in, you can also add a bail at this stage if required. I then distressed my background by adding texture and scoring
    • Place piece in oven for a 30 minute cure at recommended temperature. If you havent added a bail previously, you can do this now or add more backing. Cover the piece in liquid clay as this enhances the colours and cure for another 30 minutes

    Color Change Paints-Folk Art-Bedecked BeadsSilk screen with polymer clayJapan Inspired Necklace

  2. Currently in the lockdown we have more creative time. Okay I know I should do more housework but life is too short, hey?

    I love making polymer clay veneers as you can acheive such different loots with them Veneers can be textured and a blank canvas for mixed media finishes. I occasionally make polymer clay canes but I dont have a knack for them.

    Polymer Clay Veneers-Bedecked Beads

     

    On the left you can see some of the recent veneers I have made with stencils and texture plates. The veneers were painted with both Deco Art interference and Plaid colour changing acrylics

     

     

    Making Polymer Clay Jewellery-BedeckedBeadsI decided to combine some of the veneers to create a small range of vibrant jewellery, piecing them together like a patchwork. Once I had cured the pieces I coated them in resin to protect the surface.

     

     

     So here we have some lovely vibrant jewellery including a brooch, necklace and a pair of earrings. 

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  3. Firstly why did I made these seam rippers? A friend wanted a unique seam ripper to use for her sewing business, so that got me started. Seam Ripper Purple Red white

    How do I use a seam ripper? Our seam rippers come with the tools inserted into the decorative tube, you need to remove these by gently twisting and pulling and then they can be inserted back into the tube, the opposite way round. The dual sewing tool contains both a seam ripper and a stiletto or awl. All sewers can make mistakes with stitching, so these become an essential for sewers and quilters alike

    1. If you are undoing a seam, unpick the first couple of stitches with the sharp end
    2. Once you have done this, place the red ball downside beween the two layers and the sharp blade on the top, pushing away from yourself
    3. Remember the seam ripper is your friend but do take care using it