How to start making polymer clay jewelry

Making polymer clay jewelry can be a very creative and enjoyable pastime. Polymer clay is a very simple medium to work with and you are only limited by your imagination in what wonderful creations you can design for yourself and others.

The following are a few simple projects that will get you started with your new pastime.

A simple flower pin can be made by rolling your choice of colored clay into a coil and cutting off five even pieces. Roll each of these pieces into a ball. Position the five balls in a circle so that they touch then make a ball of yellow clay and put it in the center of the circle. Now roll two balls of green clay and pinch on the side to make a point and add these to the outside of the flower. Put an index card on the top of the flower and gently press down to flatten it slightly. This will press the balls together. Use a plastic knife to add details to the flower and leaves.

Then place the flower either in a glass baking dish or a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil. Bake the flower for ten minutes at 250 degrees. Make sure your design is totally cooled before you handle it, you can damage your work if you work with it while it is hot. As soon as your flower is cooled put a little bit of hot glue on the back of your flower and attach the pin back. You could also use self-adhesive pin backs for this project.

Barrettes can be made by taking your choice of colored clay (you may decide to mix colors together for a marbleized look) and running it through a pasta maker set at the thickest setting. Make a template as to what size and shape you would like your barrette to be set it on the clay and with a knife cut around the template. Take the barrette and place it on a foil-covered cookie sheet.

Bake the barrette or barrettes you have made in the over according to the package directions. When the barrettes have completely cooled you can hot glue the barrette back you could also use self-adhesive barrette backs. Another option for this craft would be to find small molds (guest soap molds for example) and attaching the barrette back after the clay had been prepared.

Necklaces can be created in countless ways. Beads can be made from scratch or from a choice of many different molds. You could make rolled beads by first making a template that is one inch wide at the bottom and four inches tall. Work the clay with your hands until it is soft and pliable; you then want to flatten the clay until it is 1/8 of an inch and using a knife cut out your clay triangles. Using a toothpick, start at the wide end of the triangle and roll up the clay being careful not to apply to much pressure while you roll. Carefully remove the toothpick and bake according to the directions on the package.

There are many other pieces of jewelry that can be created with polymer clay. The internet and libraries can be utilized for ideas in your creative endeavors.

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