Category Archives: Jewellery Making

Jewellery Making & Braiding with a Lucet

An elaborate necklace, created using the advanced luceting technique. The beautiful technique was developed by Ziggy Rytka. The beads were added to the necklace during the process of making the cord. The technique of luceting has been used for centuries, from the Vikings to the Victorians, to produce square sectioned cord. These strong cords were […]

Blending Polymer Clay

with Sue Heaser Creating a sheet of clay that blends from one colour to another is a basic technique that you will find has dozens of uses when working with polymer clay. It is most often used in millefiori canes but a blended sheet also makes a lovely background for a relief picture, or provides […]

Polymer Clay Pendant & Earrings

Here’s proof of just how colourful and versatile polymer clay can be for jewellery makers. This pendant and earrings were created from Premo Sculpey clay by customer Hazel Hampshire. Hazel began by making a number of different style canes (Learn how to make your own effective Millefiori cane flower). She then pushed them all together […]

Simple Tribal Beads

This ethnic necklace was made by a complete novice from left over polymer clay. Although there was more black than white, both colours were rolled into logs of the same length. The logs were then placed side by side, folded in half and rolled together into one log. The log was divided evenly with a […]

Cubic Zirconia

Cubic Zirconia (CZ) is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide, an inorganic metal oxide mainly used in ceramic materials. Diamond vs CZ The CZ gemstone has more light dispersion (fire) and is heavier than a diamond. Although a real diamond is about 500 times harder than a Cubic Zirconia, they are relatively hard compared […]

The Art Clay Silver Starter Kit

The Art Clay Silver Starter Kit contains everything to learn about making silver items out of this precious metal clay. There’s no need to invest in expensive items such as kilns while you’re learning. The kit contains a firing mesh which can be used on a gas hob. The decision to invest in a kiln […]

Felt Beads made from Merino Wool Tops

Wool felt ball beads

Felt beads or balls can be used for making jewellery, as embellishments for clothes and accessories, or for making simple toy. The trick to making a regularly shaped ball or bead is how you start it. I used a bowl of hot water with a good squirt of washing up liquid. Pull wisps of wool […]

Using an Extruder with Polymer Clay

Extruded Polymer clay

The ability to create long lengths of uniform shapes from polymer clay helps with the cane making process. A simple chequered cane can be accomplished from the square shaped disc. Using 2 in black and 2 in white, the square extruded shapes can be pushed together (as in the image, right), reduced and then sliced […]

Quick & Easy 3 colour Polymer Clay Beads

Simple polymer clay beads

I was trying to recreate Sue Heaser’s perfectly worked spiral cane when I started to make these beads out of left over polymer clay. However, a lack of practice and patience resulted in a skew-whiff pink and white version which I decided to use regardless. The black and white ‘spiral’ cane was deliberately made to […]

More on Art Clay Silver 650 Clay

Art Clay Silver Clay

Work Smart and Plan Take care when working with Art Clay Silver to get the most out of it with little waste. Here are some tips: Plan your project before you start. Work out how to make the item as efficiently as possible, calculating quantities and measurements. Do not expose the clay to air until […]

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