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100 Days of Polymer Clay: Necklace “99”

Woo! 99 days until we go on the polymer clay cruise.

I am amazed that I’ve been working in the superShed for at least eight hours and have very little to show for it. But I guess that’s because I’m doing quite a lot of new experiments rather than churning out familiar items.

Specifically, (1) I have been continuing my efforts with trying to get mica-shift designs to look OK, and (2) I’ve been trying to use up some scrap clay.

(1) As with previous mica-shift efforts, most of my attempts have been failures so I have just mashed them back into a lump and started again, but at least this time I did save some of the results and took photos of them.

(2) I had a bit more success with my scrap-clay-hiding techniques than with the mica-shift stuff. I made some barrel beads and some black-covered beads, and made some pendant fronts.

…and of course, I then had a go at making a necklace. In this case I took two of the flowery pendant-pieces and stuck them back to back (with a layer of scrap clay in between, and with the edges covered in gold clay). So Necklace 99 is a reversible necklace:

necklace 99 - front Necklace 99 - back

Hmmm, it’s a bit too chunky for my liking, and it is also asymmetrical. Bummer – I quite liked that original green and purple piece:

polymer clay pendant piece

So, lesson learned? — use a symmetrical template next time, and don’t just cut pieces by eye!

New Polymer Clay Bracelets

(105 days to go until the polymer clay cruise. I’ve paid the deposit, and am now looking at flights.)

Yesterday I went to a fundraising party-thing upstairs at the Brighton Bead Shop, in celebration of their 25th anniversary and in aid of their chosen charity the RNLI.  I think I’ve been shopping with the BBS for nearly all of those 25 years (it was by mail order in the olden days), and they were one of the main reasons I originally went to live in Brighton. They seem to be doing better than ever, and have now started running classes in making jewellery (click here for their facebook page).  They had cake and  jewellery for sale – what a great combination! After I’d availed myself of both, I went downstairs to do my ‘proper’ bead shopping. So today I’ve been in the superShed playing with my new supplies, and combining them with my existing polymer clay beads.

I wanted to make some simple adjustable bracelets, so I made some from wire links…

…and others were even simpler and just threaded onto elastic.

Task Avoidance…

Oh dear, you can tell I’m supposed to be working on my programming project, because I’ve been in my superShed making polymer clay canes again…

New superShed is ready

July 26, 2010 1 comment

Grand shed-opening ceremony
At LAST, my superShed is ready and I now have a workshop at the bottom of the garden. So far I have spent at least thirty hours in it over the last week, but don’t have very much to show for it yet. I’ve been experimenting with new polymer clay designs, and with me that usually means that for every ten hours of experimentation, only one of those hours produces anything that I’m (nearly) satisfied with.

Poor SophieFish died last week, and as a tribute to her cheery little face one of my polyclay experiments involved trying to create a goldfish pendant:

polymer clay goldfish pendant

new polymer clay goldfish pendant

I enjoyed the process of doing research for the new design, and now that I can fairly consistently create a pendant that looks vaguely fishy I wonder if  “Polymer Cafe” magazine would be interested in a step-by-step article of how to make them.

I’m not sure whether anyone would want to wear a goldfish pendant, but I might put try one or two of them on ebay. I’ll do a bit of testing on my own first though, to see if the pendants are robust enough to wear on a daily basis.


Update (31 July 2010)

I did send an email to Polymer Cafe magazine the other day, but they replied saying that they didn’t think their readers would be interested in my step-by-step goldfish pendant, because it looked a bit too real. Oh dear.