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Category: Polymer Clay Canes

  1. Polymer Clay Jewellery-How Do you Sign Your Work?e

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    It isnt vital that you sign your jewellery but a lot of people do it ! 

    There are different ways of signing your work

    • Make a signature cane
    • Order a Customised Stamp ( many people making 3D cutters now offer these)
    • Make your own stamp

    I have made a signature cane and sometimes use this on the back of my larger pieces ie.necklaces and pendants.

    My friend ordered a fabulous customised stamp from Hobbyrian but unfortunateley she is no longer shipping to the UK since Brexit.

    Conditioning Polymer Clay

     

    I have found during lockdown that I have played with clay more, so I decided to make one ! It is also a great way to use scrap clay. First I rolled some scrap clay through a pasta machine and conditioned it.

     

     

     

     

    I rolled through on the thickest setting and then made three layers of clay (oops sorry for the blurriness of the photo. I then cut this out with a small square Kemper cutter.

    Signature stamp for clay

     

     

     

    I then rolled out very thin snakes of clay and and placed them on the square shape I had previously made, not forgetting to reverse my initials !

    You can see the small size of this compared to my fingernails.

    I decided then to make a small handle, so carefully rolled a stick of clay, gently making a ridge in the middle with a skewer which makes if easier to hold. Even though both parts of these were raw, I added some bake and bond to ensure a strong hold. I then supported it on some cardboard in my oven.                                                                               

    Handmade Signature Stamp-Bedecked Beads

     

     

    And  here is the finished piece complete with handle

     

     

     

    Et Voila, not a bad imprint for a first try !

    Signature stamp imprint

     

  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!