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Polymer toggles

Polymer toggles

I have been thinking about making some polymer toggles for a long time now. I like toggle clasps I find them less fiddly than the lobster type clasps, especially for a bracelet when you only have one hand to do it up with! I first thought about making them thinking about asymetric necklaces and using a decorative toggle as feature at the front of it, still haven’t tried that yet but I will sometime! I was asked by a friend who can’t...

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Cutting polymer clay

Cutting polymer clay

I was reading a discussion on the Polymer Clay Central Message Board about which clay blades were rigid and shared my home made clay knife so I thought I ought to share it with those of you who don’t read the forum (you should there’s so much useful information there from such wonderful, friendly, talented people). I do have an assortment of clay blades but more often than not use my own trusty blade. It’s a snap off knife...

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Texture in shapes

Texture in shapes

Whilst making up some pendants I thought I would be clever and try and do 2 jobs at once. Well it didn’t work out how I thought but I quite like what happened. I wanted to make a circular pendant with a textured back, I decided to cut out the circle whilst the clay sheet was over some rough sandpaper thinking it would get textured as I cut. As usual once I saw what happened it was obvious that’s what would happen but you don’t...

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Chokers oven friendly!

Chokers oven friendly!

Whilst I was ordering some more chokers I saw bracelets the same, nylon coated wire with a screw closure. I am often asked to make matching bracelets for my floating wire necklaces which is a problem as I don’t think floating wire bracelets work so I normally add more beads as shown below. I realise as I write this I haven’t actually tried a floating bead wire bracelet – hmm perhaps I should. Any other suggestions welcome....

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Pasta Machine Thickness comparison table

Since I started improving my polymer clay work by following tutorials and going to workshops I have found it very confusing when people give you a pasta machine thickness as the different brands (particularly Atlas and Imperia the main 2 quality machines) don’t compare easily. I have an Imperia machine which I love, it is easy to take apart to clean, only requiring to remove the end plate on one end (the one without the knob) with 1 screw...

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Polishing and buffing

I am trying to get ready for my first sale on Friday (my mum sold some bits for me at a charity coffee morning a few weeks back but I wasn’t there and she did all the display etc). I don’t have as much stock as I would like (where does the time go?) but I am working on it! I have been polishing many of my beads in a rock tumbler recently. I half fill the tumbler with small smooth pebbles, bung in a handful or two of beads add some...

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