Bedecked Beads Blog, Handmade Jewellery and Gifts, Cheshire

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. Layered Brooch Pin,Polymer Clay BroochesI have loved designing these sculptural brooches. I think that the layers of the brooch are eye catching and make a point of interest on a lapel or shawl

    Lilac Shawl Pin, Hijab, Lapel Pin



    The green and gold brooch has a flat bottom while the purple and blue brooch is a pin which could be used as a shal, hijab or lapel pin or even and attactive addition to a hat

    More brooches to be found here 

    I havent forgotten all the sewers and quilters amongst you either as I have been busy making lots of seam rippers and NEW seam ripper necklaces which have now been updated. Find them all here

    Handmade Seam Ripper on Necklace UK  Quality Handmade Seam Ripper UK, Blue Lilac Seam Ripper Necklace,Mustard and White
  2. It is always fun when you buy something new to use on your polymer clay creations isnt it ?

    Debbie Bulford Texture SheetsTexture Sheets,Polymer Clay Metal Clay

    I chose to buy Debbie Bulfords new texture sheets which are extremely good value, giving 5 textures in one packet. I have ordered from Debbie before and have always been pleased with the quality and dispatch time of her products

    Debbie Bulford Texture Sheets UK

    In the 2nd picture, you can see the two texture sheets I chose for my project. I tried the first texture but didnt have an awful lot of success with itas it was a little shallow. I contacted Debbie and she said that particular texture would be better on metal clay. Not to be deterred however, I did use that sheet and once highlighted (as you will see in my designs) I had success. The best way I found was to press my thumbs down and walk them over the texture sheet a couple of times. I used water as a release which is okay with the Sculpey Premo I use (not all polymer clays though). Debbie provided very concise instructions as illustrated in the photo on the right.

    Once I had finished with the texturing, I used Liquitex acrylic inks which dont have the fading issues of alcohol inks and then highlighted with pan pastels. I think the finished items have a look of old pottery, what do you think?

    Thanks Debbie for selling these great tools !

    Blue and Copper necklace-Handmade JewelryFaux Ceramic Drope Earrings Blue

  3. 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