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  1. Colour mixing, designing jewellery and more

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    I am very lucky to belong to a supportive Facebook group which is for polymer clay people based in Scotland. The Scottish branch of the BPCG meets in Edinburgh every 3 months and also in Glasgow. We run a monthly challenge and the new challenge for July is colour.

    We have a lady who is a great help at our clay days,Bella Green, who is an artist and also enjoys creating with  polymer clay. Bella holds classes for budding and experienced artists and so is an expert with colour.

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    My main colours in this piece were blue and yellow and have mixed colours together to create this necklace. The blue and yellow made this lovely forrest green, yellow and a bit of red made the orange, green and yellow made the brighter green and yellow and white made the lemon.

    All of these were threaded together on yellow waxed cotton cord and the necklace fastens with a button, also made of these colours of polymer clay.

    The wonderful thing about using clay is you ALWAYS have some left. So while I had these delicious colours on my work table, I created some more handmade buttons and a new seam ripper

     

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  2. Seam rippers and buttons

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    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

  3. Polymer Clay Canes, Souffle Clay

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    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!