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Polymer Patchwork, a bit of science and a problem solved

Polymer Patchwork, a bit of science and a problem solved

First of all, I’d like to wish you a happy new year and I hope 2018 is a peaceful year full of health, happiness and creative fun for you all! When I came to tidy up my workbench I found some little leftover scraps from some scrap clay Mokume Gane, there were too small to do much with so I decided to do some polymer patchwork. Nice bit of polymer clay recycling ūüôā I was pretty pleased how they turned out so I cured them and added a back...

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Sanding tip – help from a toy

Sanding  tip – help from a toy

Here’s a tip for sanding small flat polymer clay items without loosing your finger tips (done that a few times and it’s not fun!). If you are in the UK Lidl are giving away these small kids Stickeez toys with every ¬£10 spent at the moment. If you don’t have access these it seems they are also available on ebay and there used to be a brand available in the toy shops called Stick’ems I think. What you are looking for is a...

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Testing Superglue -polymer brooch backs

Testing Superglue -polymer brooch backs

A fellow polymer clay artist was asking about glue for brooch backs the other day and it got me thinking. What happens to the superglue I use when the piece goes in the oven? ¬†My normal procedure for adding a brooch back is to superglue it in place then cover it in a decorative layer of polymer clay and cure the piece again. Here’s a sample back   I use the super glue to hold it in place whilst I am working and I know the polymer...

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Peacock Cane

Peacock Cane

I started this peacock cane ages ago. I looked at several images of peacock feathers to get the colours and the shapes. It has to be simplified a little as I didn’t want to replicate a feather exactly – too delicate. I did the centre fairly easily but was then uncertain how to deal with the outer green and gold layers. I wanted to hint at the feathers structure but didn’t want to get too complicated. Finally I tackled it and...

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Keeping a pendant in place – tips

Keeping a pendant in place – tips

I get fed up when I am wearing a pendant on a cord and then I realise the clasp has twizzled round to the front and is distracting from my beautiful creation. I keep meaning to design some necklaces where the clasp is a feature but until I get round to that here’s a couple of tips to avoid it happening. Tip 1 – Add a little extension chain (which also makes the length changeable) to the jump ring the clasp clips too and add...

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The stages of making my purple flowery cabochon

The stages of making my purple flowery cabochon

I have been asked a couple of questions about my purple flowery cabochon pendant so here’s a little more information¬† about how I made it. Looking at the colour differences due to the lighting in my pictures I really should go back to using my¬† photography set up but I took these pictures as a record for me rather than for sharing with you. First I made 2 canes (typically I made them with little bits left over from another project so they...

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