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Thursday, 22 October 2009

Playing with Polymer Clay

I recently went on a Polymer Clay course at The London Jewellery School and received some expert tuition from Polymer Clay Artist Debbie Carlton.

Debbie gave us an introduction to this versatile material along with many different techniques! What a wonderful material! It has so many possibilities and can be combined with other materials such as Silver.

Here are a few examples of what I produced on the day

This Pendant was a lesson in making texture. I also had a fiddle with the metallic powders which I applied to this Leaf Pendant

Metal leaf can be applied to Polymer Clay too as I have applied to the flower below.

Image transfer was so simple - The leaf image on the heart below came from a photocopy!

More experimenting with the metallic powders, cutting and stamping in these small Pendants

Polymer clay is great for bead making and we were taught how to produce our own beads from the conditioning of the clay all the way through to finishing and polishing the final piece. We played with making different shapes and learnt how to make 'canes' which produce the intricate patterns on beads.

But the really great thing about Polymer Clay is it's really hard to mess up! If you go wrong you just roll it up and start again!

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Competition Winner!

Florence Beads Giveaway

I put the numbers 1 - 10 into the generator and the number it threw up was number one.

The Winner is


I hope you are able to put the beads to good use!

Sorry to the the rest of you - please come back another time and enter another of my giveaways.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Florence and Your chance to win some Beads!


I had a short but sweet trip to Florence in honour of turning Forty! I think I'm over that number now - life just goes on in the end! We were blessed with fabulous weather - hard to believe it was October!

I was pleased to find the Bead Shop I had read about in Bead Magazine some months prior - The Beaded Lily . I had a very nice chat with one of the owners and Lampwork Beadmaker extraordinaire Tim James . Naturally I couldn't leave without a little stash of his lovely beads to use in my Jewellery!

I still haven't found the time to start making my own beads yet - watch this space!

Giveaway Time!

It's time I had a little giveaway - I'm going to share a few Beads from my Florence stash. If you would like to be the recipient of these lovely 4 beads (above) from The Beaded Lily in Florence then all you have to do is:

1. Become a follower of my blog
2. mention this giveaway in a social networking medium of your choice - e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Blogger

Leave a comment at the end of this blog and I will enter you into the draw. I will pull a name out of the proverbial hat next Sunday 18th October.


I have a couple of Thank you's to make. First to the wonderful Michele of By Your Side who featured one of my bracelets in her handmade goodness feature - Check out no.3 in Michele's picture!

Thank you also to Monica at My Funny Bunny who wrote a lovely little piece about me! I made this baby bag charm for her Mega Mother and Baby Giveaway. Keep an eye on her blog so you don't miss the details of that competition!

I haven't handed out any awards yet but if I did these two ladies would be first in the queue!

I have been added a few little things to my Misi shop so please take a look if you get the chance!

Next up for me is a lesson in Polymer Clay Beads. I look forward to sharing the results with you!

Here is one of my latest creations - this wire crochet necklace with Garnet beads