Friday, February 24, 2012

Not Playdoh! Playing Around with Polymer Clay

I decided to try something new (again).  I saw some very pretty polymer clay accent beads in one of my favorite bead stores, Stony Creek Bead in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and I purchased a few (of course).  Later, I thought I would try my hand at creating my own.  I discovered that it really is fun to play with clay, and I created a few sets of beads that I was pleased enough with that I think I will try to incorporate them into some of my jewelry and bag designs.

I used Fimo brand clay. I just mixed some colors that I thought might work together and played around with shapes.  Once I had what I wanted, I just had to bake the beads.  I applied a clear sealer once they cooled.

Here are some of the results:

I already incorporated one set of polymer clay beads that I made into a necklace design.

As you can see, I embossed a bit of a swirl pattern into the surface of each bead.  One of the great things about polymer clay beads is how light they are!  If these beads were made of stone or ceramic, this necklace would be quite heavy.  It is very light and feels virtually weightless on the neck with these clay accents.  I was pleased to find wire, thread and glass beads that worked so well with the colors of the clay.

I'm not sure how I will use the other clay beads I made.  You'll just have to keep your eye on my ArtFire Studio to find out.

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