Polymer Clay – Colors Of Faith Bracelet

Polymer Clay – Colors Of Faith Bracelet

Bracelets/Bangles ---- jewelry-making-bracelets-bangles

What you need

Beads any colors you like (glass, plastic, etc)
Stretch material for jewelry

I useStretch Magic 1mm size
Polymer clay  any brand  red, yellow, green, blue, black, white & purple (several shades of each  I used 3 & some metallics)
Tissue Blade (very sharp adult supervision required!)
Clay knife, or plastic knife
Toothpick or bamboo skewer
Acrylic roller or dowel
Pasta Machine  clay dedicated (optional)
Work surface  ceramic tile, file folder or wax paper
Oven for baking

Instructions

What are

The Colors of Faith?

 

Yellow – God’s Light

Black – Our Sins

Red – The Blood Shed by Jesus

White – Cleansing of Our Sins

Green – The New Life We Have in Jesus

Blue – The Waters of Baptism

Purple – Our Faith in Christ

Condition each color of clay until soft and pliable by rolling and squeezing in your hands.  Test to see if it cracks when you bend it – that means it needs more conditioning! Mix colors with lighter or darker colors to create new shades!
Roll your first color of clay into a ball and flatten.  Roll it smooth & even with your acrylic roller or dowel.  A clay dedicated pasta machine will speed up this process!!!
Repeat this step for your next two shades of the same color clay.  Changing the thickness of each sheet will add interest!
Lay each sheet of clay on top of each other & roll with your dowel or rod.  You may also run it through the thickest setting of your pasta machine.
Trim the edges if needed & fold the new sheet of clay in half the “long” way.
Roll this new, longer sheet of clay until flat with your roller or dowel.
Starting at the folded edge, roll up the long sheet of clay “jellyroll” style.  Be sure to press it tightly as you roll, so the clay adheres to itself.
You now have a cane or clay! Roll it out applying even pressure until all of the seams are smooth.  Trim the ends if needed.
Continue rolling until your cane reaches the desired size for your beads.  You can also gently pull and stretch your can to reduce it.
Let the cane rest for about 30 minutes or pop it in the refrigerator to cool off and reduce distortion when cutting.
Use your tissue blade to cut the cane into thick slices.  Roll as you gently apply pressure to limit squishing your cane.  Be careful this is a SHARP tool!!!
Poke holes in your beads & bake according to the manufacturer’s directions.
REPEAT for the remaining 6 colors.
Glaze if desired.  I use varathane – found in most hardware stores.  For small projects, use the clay manufacturer’s glaze.  The bottles are smaller & more affordable!
String your clay beads with the other beads on your stretch material.  Simply pull the knot inside the hole of one of your beads or secure with a drop of clear glue. You can also use findings and clasps for a more advanced project.
Enjoy your new piece of jewelry for yourself or give as a thoughtful gift!

***TIP***

***SAVE those pieces you trimmed off and roll them together to make swirly accent beads!
***Dark colored clay, like red, green, etc. can leave some pigment on your hands.  To help keep lighter colors from turning pink, etc.  handle most of the light clay first.  You can also use baby wipes to clean your hands and tools (alcohol is a solvent for the clay) or wear latex gloves & switch in between colors.
***Once you use cookie cutters, pasta machine, etc for clay, it is recommended to no longer use it for food

 

 

 

 

 

Polymer clay – Faux Resin Flower Ring

This tutorial shows you how to make a rin using polymer clay

What you need

Ring base – I like adjustable bases. (These can be found in craft & jewelry supply stores and online)
Jewelry glue or clear “super” type glue
Polymer clay – any brand – 3 colors of your choice & translucent (Premo is recommended for translucent)
Liquid clay
Clay knife or plastic knife
Shaped cutters – various sizes – I used a flower
Acrylic roller or dowel
Sand paper or nail file
Clay dedicated pasta machine (optional)
Work surface – ceramic tile, file folder or wax paper

Instructions

This polymer clay project shows you how to hand make a ring that looks like resin.

 

 

Condition each color of clay until soft and pliable by rolling and squeezing in your hands.  Test to see if it cracks when you bend it – that means it needs more conditioning!

You will need half of one 2oz block of translucent clay for each color & about a dime sized portion of the other colored clays.  Blend thoroughly.  A pasta machine will speed up the process.

 

Roll out an even sheet of each color (I used double thickness for the bottom layer to add strength).  A pasta machine on the thickest setting works great!

Use your cutters to cut out various shapes and sizes for each color.

Gently bend or curl the edges to add dimension to each layer, if you like.  You can also pull and stretch the clay.

Place a small drop of liquid clay in the center before stacking the next layer on top.  Turn each piece to give interest and dimension.  Repeat in between each layer.  I did 3 of the same, larger size and 1 smaller one for the center

Roll tiny balls of clay for the center of the flower or other accents and press into place.  You won’t need liquid clay if you press firmly.

Add any texture and details you may want with a toothpick or pin.

Bake according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Glaze if desired.  I use varathane – found in most hardware stores.  For small projects, use the clay manufacturer’s glaze.  The bottles are smaller & more affordable!

 

Sand or scratch up the bottom of the clay piece before adhering it to the base.  Especially if you glazed it, this will help ensure a secure attachment.

Enjoy your new jewelry for yourself or give them as a colorful gift!

 

 ***TIP***

 

***SAVE those pieces you trimmed off and roll them together to make swirly accent beads!

***Dark colored clay, like red, blue, etc. can leave some pigment on your hands.  To help keep lighter colors from turning pink, etc.  handle most of the light clay first.  You can also use baby wipes to clean your hands and tools (alcohol is a solvent for the clay) or wear latex gloves & switch in between colors.

***Once you use cookie cutters, pasta machine, etc for clay, it is recommended to no longer use it for food.  Shop around for inexpensive cutters at your local craft store.

 

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  1. I love it!

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