Polymer Clay Jewelry Making: Learn How to Make Polymer Clay Jewelry with 5 Free Projects

27 Apr 2012

Versatile. That's the first word that comes to mind when I think of polymer clay jewelry making. The other words that come to mind when I think about making jewelry with polymer clay are forgiving, affordable, colorful, fun, and easy, but the first has to be versatile.

Okay I'll just come right out and say it: Polymer clay is the most versatile jewelry-making product in the whole wide world, because it can be or resemble just about any other jewelry-making material you want, including wood, plastic, resin, rocks (but not so heavy), enamel  and glass (without a torch or kiln), etched metal (without etching), bone or ivory, faceted or cabochon gemstones (without the expense!), and more. Thanks to finishes and patinas that can be applied to polymer clay as well as metallic polymer clay colors, polymer clay can even resemble a variety of metals and metalwork techniques, including keum boo and mokume gane.

 

Learn to go from this (above) . . .
to this (below).
On top of all that versatility, don't overlook the fun. You can do all kinds of fun things to polymer clay while you're making the jewelry. You can roll it into sheets or logs, coil it, carve in it, texture it, stamp on it, make molds with it, make Skinner blends and bull's-eye canes, flower canes and all kinds of other canes, make mosaics with it, make polymer clay beads with it, and shape it into just about anything you want it to resemble. Then you can apply metallic pastes and patinas to make it look like gemstones or metals . . . I could go on and on about the versatility of polymer clay! But instead, I'll just let you see for yourself in our newest free eBook, Polymer Clay Jewelry Making: 5 Free Projects to Learn How to Make Polymer Clay Jewelry.

With the help of polymer clay experts Donna Kato, Patricia Kimle, Sarajane Helm, Louise Fischer Cozzi, and Ilene Goldman, you'll learn polymer clay conditioning, prep, texturing, blending (including the famous Skinner blend and jellyroll blend), and curing techniques while you create the five free clay jewelry projects they designed. You'll also learn to:

  • make a graduated color blend (the Skinner blend) and a jellyroll pattern;
  • decorate the surfaces of your polymer clay beads and creations with textures and acrylic paints;
  • combine polymer clay with old silver jewelry to give new life to it in a brand-new design;
  • work fabric, metal, and more into your polymer clay designs; and
  • take advantage of the colorful, painterly qualities of polymer clay.

 
Tuxedo Pin/Pendant
by Ilene Goldman
Bonus: Polymer clay jewelry making is accessible and affordable, allowing you to make art jewelry "using common tools and household equipment," says Merle White, editor in chief of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine. Merle adds, "With little more than a sharp knife, some sandpaper, a pasta machine, and a toaster oven, you can make polymer clay jewelry that is as bold or as delicate as you like."

 
Donna Kato's Mad for Jellyrolls!
Wearable Art Polymer Clay:
Tuxedo Pin/Pendant by Ilene Goldman
and Mad for Jellyrolls! By Donna Kato

Learn how to accessorize your wardrobe with a true piece of art! Polymer clay jewelry's colorful, painterly nature makes it an artistic addition to any wardrobe. Wear Ilene's tuxedo pin on the lapel of a jacket or coat to brighten it up, or wear it as a pendant by hanging it on a cord or chain. Donna's jellyroll pendant is another colorful, artful way to brighten any outfit. Donna's project includes instructions to create a three- and four-part Skinner blend and a way to apply your cane slices that will minimize image distortion

 
Stuffed Necklace
by Louise Fischer Cozzi
Polymer Clay Bead Making:
Reversible Checkerboard Pendant by Patricia Kimle
and Stuffed Necklace by Louise Fischer Cozzi

Polymer clay bead making gets a pretty upgrade with the addition of carved patterns and metallic finishes in Patricia's checkerboard pendant project. Learn Patricia's technique for texturing and painting on polymer clay; then run free with your own polymer clay bead ideas. You can use some of those same ideas along with new ones in big and bold--but delightfully, deceptively lightweight--ways in Louise's hollow polymer clay bead statement necklace. While polymer clay is already lightweight, making hollow polymer clay beads allows you to stretch the limits of the material and create large, comfortable polymer clay jewelry art. Louise shows how to add texture to the beads, even etching, and stringing them on fabric makes them even lighter to wear and more artful.

 
Polymer Clay Conversion Necklace
by Sarajane Helm
Silver Polymer Clay Jewelry:
Polymer Clay Conversion Necklace by Sarajane Helm

I love finding old silver jewelry to disassemble and upcycle into new jewelry. Polymer clay is an ideal medium for such revamping and recycling, because it cures in an oven at a low enough temperature not to harm the silver. You can literally build polymer clay designs right onto the silver, like Sarajane does, and bake it in place to cure it. (Sarajane recommends making sure any gemstones your silver jewelry might also contain are not heat-sensitive before incorporating it into your metal polymer clay jewelry.)

Ready to get your hands in some polymer clay? First download our free eBook, Polymer Clay Jewelry Making: 5 Free Projects to Learn How to Make Polymer Clay Jewelry, and get acquainted (or reacquainted) with polymer clay jewelry making by trying out the five free polymer clay jewelry making projects.


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on 4 Aug 2014 12:53 PM

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on 4 Aug 2014 12:54 PM

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