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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. 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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  2. 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

     

     

  3. You may be aware that I try to get to one polymer clay workshop a year. Sometimes you want company of other clayers. One way to find other polymer clay artists in your area is to first check the British Polymer Clay Guild website which is run voluntarily by polymer clay obsessed people ! I run the Scottish group, who meet in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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    I recently visited my clay mate Debby of Debby Wakely Jewellery. We have known each other a number of years now and have attended Polymania together. Believe it or now we met on Facebook through the 52 weekly cane group. It is great to have a claymate like Deb as we can bounce ideas off each other and create something different. I have posted a few pics below of my makes and the lovely pendant Debbie made me, which I still have string. Love this Debby, thank you!20190827_092725

     Something new for me is this pretty orange flower pindant, which is a really versatile piece of jewellery. You can wear it as a brooch/pin or pendant as shown

    Floral Brooch Pendant

    Orange Yellow Flower pendant

    I have lots more to show you, so keep your eyes peeled over the next few days