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Jewellery Making

  • Jacquard Pearl Ex pigment powders are made from fine particles of glistening mica. The varying sizes of the coloured particles produce pearlescent and metallic effects. These ultra fine powders can be combined with any viscous material such as glue, paint, resin, varnish, or brushed onto tacky surfaces such as wax candles or modelling clay. Thi

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  • by Allison Holland These effective beads were made using FIMO Soft polymer clays. The white coloured clay is FIMO Soft Translucent and the photo does not show its full ice-like effect. Combined with the Peppermint colour and the Opal Green. I created a rough cane by laying logs rolled from the three colours (divide a 56g block into 6 and use one pi

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  • with Sue Heaser This project shows you how to decorate a round bead with slices from a spiral cane made with polymer clay. The technique works equally well with slices from a millefiori cane. You will need a spiral cane, polymer clay in a contrasting or matching colour, and a tool, such as a darning needle, to pierce the bead once it is made. The b

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  • These stunning silver balls have been made using cork clay as a core. The cork clay can be moulded to any shape, allowed to dry and then used as a former or core for the Art Clay Silver clay. The best way to work with the cork clay core is to push a cocktail stick or toothpick into it to use as a handle. This can then be stuck in a small blob of un

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  • with Sue Heaser Making your own beads with polymer clay is great fun to do and after a little practice, you will be able to make beads of all shapes and sizes. It is best to start with a simple round bead which uses skills you will probably have already - rolling a ball of clay. You will need: polymer clay in the colour of your choice, a craft knif

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  • with Sue Heaser A spiral cane is one of the easiest types of cane to make out of polymer clay. The spiral cane slices can be applied to all kinds of projects for a stylish and modern look. These beads have been decorated with slivers cut from a red and white spiral cane. To make your own spiral cane, You will need polymer clay in two contrasting co

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  • Using foil or metal leaf to decorate polymer clay can be very effective. They technique is surprisingly simple yet very effective. Sue Heaser's necklace was made by rolling out a piece of black clay and laying a sheet of Lisa Pavelka Craft Foil over it. The mylar backed foil needs to be placed shiny side up before it is burnished by rubbing it with

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  • with Sue Heaser The flexible Sculpey Push moulds are available in a number of themes and once the moulded item has been baked it can be used for decorating handmade cards, boxes, furniture or jewellery. Click here to see Sue in action with a different Sculpey Flexible Mold. Many of these moulds are intended to have different colours of clay pressed

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  • with Sue Heaser 'Sculpey Flexible Push Molds' are incredibly easy to use for moulding all brands of polymer clay. The moulds are made of flexible rubber, so once you have pushed the clay into the mould, you can flex it to pop out the moulded piece. You can use the moulds for many other materials as well - plaster of Paris, air dry clays, melt and p

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  • Preparation before Firing Great News! Although the following still applies to Art Clay Silver Clay, the New Art Clay Silver clay formula has increased the working time of this product! See our "New Formula Art Clay Silver Clay - Tried & Tested by Joy Funnell" page to find out more! Allow your grey white pieces of Art Clay Silver clay to dry tho

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  • with Sue Heaser This pretty jewellery is made using slices from the Millefiori flower cane and slices from the Leaf cane. Materials and Tools You will need a flower cane reduced to about 13mm diameter, a leaf cane reduced to about 13mm diameter, a slicer blade, a darning needle or needle tool, silver wire - 20 gauge (0.8mm), 10 jump rings, a toggle

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  • with Sue Heaser A simple leaf polymer clay cane will set off your millefiori flowers to perfection. This delightful bracelet was made by threading wire through millefiori flower slices and linking them with wire that has been threaded through leaf shaped cane slices. To make a soft leaf green from bright green clay, simply add a little brown or bla

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  • with Sue Heaser Flower canes are easy to create from polymer clay and make beautiful jewellery. You will need the following materials and tools: Polymer clay: ¼ block each of white, violet and black. Small quantity of golden yellow Roller or pasta machine Slicer blade Step 1 Make a blend using the white and violet clay. Roll the blend thinner int

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  • Imagination is all you need, along with findings from around the home plus many of the materials from this web site. Newspaper and wall paper paste make excellent papier mâché as does paper pulp combined with CMC (Methyl Cellulose) paste or Silk Paper Medium. This Newclay Dragon was made by 11 year old Liam Farlow Newclay is a nylon reinforced mo

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  • We're always surprised at just how versatile polymer clay really is. Victoria Sommers very kindly sent us some photographs which illustrate this well. Glass and translucent polymer clay These decorative pots have evolved from glass jars and glasses that have been covered in a clever layer of blended polymer clay. Victoria has used a translucent pol

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  • Kate, combines delicate Japanese seed beads with chunky felted beads - made using wool tops.

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  • A selection of wedding jewellery madeby Helen Cooper using silk fibres, Merino/silk fibres, Ribbon and Wires. The flowers were made by creating the silk paper, then moulding it into shape and stitching the petals together. The band of the necklace and bracelet were also made from silk/merino fibres, although it is obscured by the ribbons and wire,

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  • Polymer clay is a highly versatile, non-toxic, modelling material that can be hardened by baking in the home oven. Once baked it is permanent and can be cut, sawn, glued, painted and more. It is sold in a wide range of colours which can be mixed together to make further colours. Most brands also produce a “transparent” or translucent clay which

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  • with Sue Heaser Turning a loop neatly in the end of a piece of wire has many uses in jewellery-making. Here is what you will need: wire - the easiest thickness for beginners to use is between 22 gauge (0.7mm thick) and 18 gauge (1.2mm thick), round nose pliers, wire cutters. Turning a Loop - Step 1 Hold one end of the wire in your non-working hand

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  • with Sue Heaser Decorating a polymer clay bicone shaped bead with self-made canes, adds to the diversity of bead making techniques. Cane slices give bicone beads a wonderful central swirl to the bead. You will need the following tools and materials; a spiral cane (see here for how to make a spiral cane), polymer clay - in a contrasting or matching

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