Free Polymer Clay Beading Project: Mashed Up Hearts
Although I've tried my hand at bead making using polymer clay, I've never considered myself to be particularly good at it. Especially after seeing a friend of mine who created an entire Lord of the Rings chess set out of polymer clay — I just don't need that kind of intimidation while I'm trying to make my polymer clay beads look like beads!
But with all the new polymer clay bead-making tools, powders, and embellishing products available, I've started to take an interest in polymer clay again. Polymer clay is starting to look more and more attractive to this former lampwork artist, especially since I don't have lots of hours to sit at the torch anymore. One of the great things about polymer clay bead making is that it's something I can even do with my four-year-old son: he loves to make loads of little polymer clay balls for me to embellish and bake!
Today on Beading Daily, I'm thrilled to present to you a free, exclusive polymer clay project from Iris Weiss, the Education Manager of Polyform Products. Polyform Products distributes Sculpey and Premo! polymer clays as well as a whole line of tools and embellishments for polymer clay. These beautiful Mashed Up Hearts can be used as either pendants or pins!
- (1) 2oz. package Premo! Sculpey black clay
- Assorted glitters
- Pearl Ex powders
- 18 gauge jewelry wire in colors to match your glitters
- Pin back, if desired
- Sculpey Super Slicer blade
- Clay conditioning machine
- Work mat
- Tools for adding texture to your clay
- Craft knife
- Flush cutter
- Round nose and/or chain nose pliers
Step by Step Instructions:
Aren't these little polymer clay hearts great? The thing I love about these is that there's no wrong way to make them! For someone who doesn't do a lot with polymer clay, a project like this makes me think that there's hope for me yet!
Have you mastered the basics of polymer clay and want to start making jewelry that's both refined and organic in nature? Then you'll definitely want to check out Enlightened Polymer Clay. Each of the twenty-nine projects takes basic polymer clay techniques and shows you how to use them to create light, ethereal polymer clay jewelry. Get your copy of Enlightened Polymer Clay and take your polymer clay bead making projects a step further!
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P.S. For a Raku variation on this fun polymer clay project and a giveaway from Polyform products, head on over to our Beading Instructions blog!