I make a LOT of polymer clay beads. Beads are wonderful because they’re the ultimate instant gratification – pretty much anyone can scrape up enough patience to make a nice looking bead at least once. And really, for me, the process is just that repeated over and over.
Then I have piles of beads and orders for finished items – or shows coming up – and I have moments of panic. I like making jewellery, honest! It’s just never as quick a process as making those cute little beads was though.
This year, in particular, I have a bunch of higher end shows I’m in the process of applying for so I need pictures more indicative of what I will bring to the show to set me apart from the half dozen other polymer clayers and the 30 or 50 other jewellery craft folks. I’ve been trying hard to think in lines so that I can show a variety of related awesome pieces and it is just now starting to come together.
One of my clay related resolutions for 2012 is to get way way more into textured clay. I used to make a few of these little bumpy beads which are basically texture / sculpted versions of my regular beads. I finally got the urge to create a few more including doing a few on flat back pendants or bracelet beads. The reverse side is lightly textured and the whole deal is antiqued.
Here’s a few that haven’t gotten used yet. I have plans though!
This little pendant and nugget bead set got turned into a necklace and earrings. I added lampwork by Cheryl Harris, some tiny amethyst, a few pearls and lots of antiqued metal bits and chain.
I’ve been trying to figure out how to use the little slice flowers in pieces where I don’t want dangly bits without sacrificing the option of a cute bead in the center of the flower. Turned out I just needed to make the wrapped loop differently in the back and it made a stable wire chain link component. So this asymmetrical necklace has a combination of warm toned white flowers with glass bead centres, off white pearls and pretty antiqued brass chain.