Polymer clay is a pliable material that can be moulded and then baked in a standard oven on a low temperature . It is available in a range of colours and brands and is perfect for making brightly coloured jewellery.
Having consulted Pinterest for ideas, I started experimenting with different techniques and colours. There seem to be so many different ways to combine the clay. I mainly rolled the clay thinly, layered different colours, rolled it into a sausage shape and then cut pieces off and rolled them into balls. The more times I did this, the more intricate the patterns became. I limited the colour mixes to either two or three to keep the colours separated.Once I had made the clay balls, I either rolled them into beads for necklaces or rolled them flat and used a cutter to create different earring shapes.
As with the Leather Earrings, the silver earring and necklace fixings were found on eBay.
I hosted a Craft Night with some of my Rock Choir friends and showed them how to make the jewellery. Everyone made something completely different but very much in their own style. They joked it was like receiving a party bag at the end of the night.
There are lots of great companies making beautiful polymer clay jewellery. Winter Bloom Design in Australia make particularly beautiful items.
It is a very enjoyable, cheap and easy craft to start (even my kids can make a necklace). I look forward to continuing my experimentation.
You can view my inspiration board on Pinterest under Funky Jewellery.
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