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100 Days of Polymer Clay Necklaces: “78”

78 days to go until the polymer clay cruise – and here is the latest necklace in my “100 Days” challenge

purple polymer clay flower cane necklace

To me this looks more like a giant earring or hair ornament than a necklace, but on the other hand it was inspired by some of the ancient necklaces that I found in the ‘World of Necklaces’ book that I borrowed from the library the other day:

necklace book

100 Days of Polymer Clay Necklaces: “80”

80 days to go until the polymer clay cruise – and here is the latest news from my “100 Days” challenge

At the moment it’s quite popular for restaurants to ‘deconstruct’ traditional foods and to lay out their component parts in a new way. In view of this I have deconstructed a flower for this necklace, by stringing individual petals and berries onto some wire to make a pendant:

deconstructed pink flower polymer clay pendant

It took me ages to try and find a way to get the petals to overlap each other in a consistent way, and in the end I had to come up with swirly wire shapes to hang the petals from. I’ll put a photo of the back here later if possible, but in the meantime here is a closer look:

deconstructed pink flower polymer clay pendant

Lesson learned today? That getting petals to hang nicely from chain is impossible! Not sure I’ve got the solution to it yet, but I’m closer than I was a few hours ago…

Second lesson learned today? There is no point deconstructing a pizza or shepherd’s pie or lasagne – they are much more tasty if you make them the traditional way. Similarly, petals belong on a flower, and deconstructing them is a stoopid idea!

100 Days of Polymer Clay Necklaces: “83”

83 days to go until the polymer clay cruise…

I have been doing real experiments today by using some (Lisa Pavelka) ‘inkjet waterslide transfers‘. My printer is not great quality but at least I got an idea of how the transfers work. I printed out some photos of real flowers, and I also thought it would be funny to print out a photo of some polymer clay leaves so that I could make ‘fake’ polymer clay canes. Ooops though – I accidentally spilled water all over the transfers before I was ready to use them, so it became a race against time to apply them to my pieces of white clay. Because I was working so quickly I ended up with lots of bubbles underneath the images, but at least I got them to stick to the clay:

polymer clay waterslide necklace

I made a sort of tiny ‘frame’ for the flower by putting layers of leaves around it:

polymer clay waterslide necklace

100 Days of Polymer Clay Necklaces: “84”

84 days to go until the polymer clay cruise…

Although it looks like I might be ‘playing it safe’ again with today’s necklace design, the difference is that the beads are at least twice the size of my normal beads, so I have actually been working outside my comfort zone:

polymer clay flower and leaf necklace(Click into the picture below for a closer view):

polymer clay flower and leaf necklace

100 Days of Polymer Clay Necklaces: “85”

85 days to go until the polymer clay cruise…

I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with new techniques recently, but today I felt like going back to a tried-and-tested flower design, alternating the polymer clay beads with the blue glass ones:

blue polymer clay flower cane necklace

…and here is a closer view (for an even closer view click into the photo):

blue polymer clay flower cane necklace

100 Days of Polymer Clay Necklaces: “86”

86 days to go until the polymer clay cruise…

Today’s necklace is made from silver-plated chain, green glass beads, and pink polymer clay flower cane beads:

polymer clay flower cane bead necklace

(click into photo for a closer look):

polymer clay flower cane bead necklace

100 Days of Polymer Clay Necklaces: “87”

87 days to go until the polymer clay cruise…

Although barrel-shaped beads are great for hiding some scrap clay inside, if you look at their edges then the scrap clay is very obvious. Therefore I have recently started putting round metallic washer-type beads either side of the barrel beads to help hide the scrap clay (click into the photo for a closer look):

barrel beads and pillow bead necklace

The pillow bead has a different design on each side:

barrel beads and pillow bead necklaceI tried to search for pillow bead tutorials on the Internet, couldn’t find any showing exactly how to make them – so I  just had to guess how to do them. And of course, once I had spent all of that time working it out, I finally found Barbara Fajardo’s fabulous pillow bead tutorial on Polymer Clay Central. Typical!

There are a few differences in the way I created mine (mostly because I start with layers of small canes on a sheet of scrap clay rather than using a lovely big square cane to begin with) but on the whole the results are so similar that there isn’t much point in creating my own pillow bead tutorial – just enjoy Barbara’s :)

Overall, as far as I can tell there is no special secret way of creating the shape of pillow beads – you just have to practise with the shape until you are satisfied with it. As Barbara says: “These take a little practice to get the shape just right, so have fun!”