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Paperwork – the fun kind

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment

My papercutting adventures continue. The last couple of days I have been adapting more art nouveau flowers from Polly Pinder’s book and have been cutting the designs from white paper with a craft knife (the pictures below are scans of the actual pieces):

bell-flower on white paper

bell-flower thing

daffodil on white paper

daffodil on white paper

daisy on white paper

daisy on white paper

lily of the valley on white paper

lily of the valley on white paper

tulips on white paper

tulips on white paper

rose on white paper

rose on white paper

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!”