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Project and Video by Amy Koranek

Discover methods for using bead wire, crimping beads and a finishing loop and bar toggle.

Designer’s Note: This simple bracelet is constructed from the beads we made in the Sculpey University Jewelry Basics – Creating Opal Beads:

premo! Sculpey® Accents Opal 16mm baked beads (5)

premo! Sculpey® Accents Tinted Sunset Pearl 13mm baked beads (1)

premo! Sculpey® Accents Tinted Periwinkle 13mm baked beads (1)

premo! Sculpey® Accents Tinted Teal Pearl 13mm baked beads (1)

premo! Sculpey® Accents White Gold 13mm baked beads (2)

Use sandpaper and and electric buffing machine to create a smooth, reflective surface on polymer clay. Find out how to prepare and use wet-dry sandpaper, and the proper process for using an electric buffing machine.

Video by Jenny Bezingue

This video includes learning the simple loop and ear wire technique.

Desigers Note: These simple earrings are constructed from the beads we made in the Sculpey University Jewelry Basics – Creating Opal Beads:

Project and Video by Amy Koranek

This is Part One of a two part series on Jewelry Basics.

Project and Video by Amy Koranek

Learn how to highlight unbaked, textured polymer clay with mica powders.

Video by Jenny Bezingue

Project and Video by Amy Koranek

The Ikat Cane mimics a very specific textile process of weaving dyed threads on a loom. Here the Ikat is shown in only two colors – black & white – for high visibility. Once you have the process down, you may want to experiment with making your Ikat Canes with several colors to achieve a variety of effects.

 

You will need to use the Checkerboard Cane in Black & White from Sculpey® University Course: premo! Cane Series – Checkerboard Cane. Find it

The Checkerboard Cane is one of the most basic and simple canes. You can incorporate as many colors as you like but typically a checkerboard is two contrasting colors. The Checkerboard Cane is different from the others in the Basic Canes series because it is a square cane instead of round. Practicing good technique is important to creating accurate canes. Once you have mastered making simple canes with good technique, you will be able to combine your simple canes together to create more complex ones.

Project and Video by Amy Koranek

Jenny will show you how to stamp a texture into the clay surface without sticking.

Project and Video by Jenny Bezingue

Create a Charming Owl pendant using color theory and mokume gane techniques presented by Amy Koranek in her video.

Use acrylic paint to create different effects on baked polymer clay.

 

Video by Jenny Bezingue

Antiquing brings out the beauty of a textured polymer clay surface. Learn which paints work best and how to apply them to a polymer clay surface.

Project and Video by Jenny Bezingue

The Brain Cane is a simple cane that can be changed up by using different numbers of colors inside. Practicing good technique is important to creating accurate canes. Once you have mastered making simple canes with good technique, you will be able to combine your simple canes together to create more complex ones. I would like to thank Polymer Clay Central for their online tutorial for my initial exposure to this cane.

Project and Video by Amy Koranek

Learn about composition leaf, how to apply it to polymer clay, and how to achieve various crackling patterns. The second half explains how to create a paper-thin sheet of leached clay that crackles.

 

Project and Video by Jenny Bezingue

Create a crackled surface finish using composition leaf or a paper-thin sheet of leached clay.

Project and Video by Jenny Bezingue

All the time you are building your Kaleidoscope Cane up you want to keep building it in a triangle shape. Kaleidoscope Canes have the most detail and intrigue if you make them with existing canes. Your canes may not be exactly as pictured but you can substitute any cane that you have as long as they are generally the right shape.

In the video instruction I used a Leaf, Bulls’ Eyes that had been changed to triangles, a Jelly Roll, and a Skinner Plug. 

Use any left over or unused cane you have created, this is the prefect project to use up those lingering left overs!

Project and Video by Amy Koranek

Project and Video by Amy Koranek

Designers Note:

Polymer clay can be adhered to porous surfaces with dried craft glue, several thin layers of glossy acrylic paint, a heat activated acrylic paint medium or extender, or my favorite medium is Bake N Bond which is described in this instruction.

If your paper mache frame is not colored to match your clay elements, paint all the exposed areas before proceeding with the instructions and allow to dry completely. 

See how different types of colored paste can highlight textured polymer clay, both baked and unbaked

Video by Jenny Bezingue

The Chrysanthemum (Mum) Cane is a simple cane but with added technique. After this Jelly Roll with 3 sheets is created, the cane is then scored through to the core to create the intricate petals. Practicing good technique is important to creating accurate canes. Once you have mastered making simple canes with good technique, you will be able to combine your simple canes together to create more complex ones.

Project and Video by Amy Koranek

Silicone molds and Liquid Sculpey clays are possible the best combo since bread and butter!  These quick and easy pendants (and earrings!) are a great way to get going with the new Sculpey Liquids

Design by syndee holt

 

NOTE: The thin walled silicone bakeable candy molds require no pre-heat time to prevent bubbles.  If using a thicker sided silicone bakeable mold, pre-heat the mold for 5 minutes before adding the liquid clay

Eye popping colors and classic designs combine for this elegant and fun bracelet.

Design by Teresa Salgado

This gorgeous headband is sure to please your fashionista!

Design by Gretchen Amberg

Tips and techniques for choosing glazing brushes and applying Sculpey Gloss and Satin glazes.

Video by Jenny Bezingue

The colors!  The gears!  The design can be endlessly changed!

Design by Anke Humpbert

The amount of polymer clay you will need depend on your color choices! If you go along with my color choice you will need the following amounts of clay:

  • Premo Sculpey Accents: 2-2 ½ packs of Bronze, 2-2 ½ packs of Graphite Pearl, 1-1 ½ packs of Pearl, 1-1 ½ packs of Antique Gold, 1-1 ½ packs of Copper.

This little guy is sure to brighten someone’s day!

Design by Leah Lazy

 

I know,  the90s? Really?  But this updated version of the classic 90s color palette creates a sophisticated bracelet that will go with just about anything from jeans to the LBD.

Design by syndee holt

 

NOTE: I love to mix Souffle with Premo Accents colors – the Souffle clay really shows off the micas in the Premo Accents.

Create a bright, graphic button to make your hat super-cute!  Caution – you won’t want to stop at just one!

Design by Jenny Bezingue

Creating with clay is a unique, personal process that can produce so many possibilities, whether you’re making crafty, home décor like photo frames, mason jars and candlesticks, fun figurines, functional structures or crafts with kids. The best thing about working with polymer clay is how versatile and workable it is — and it’ll never dry out or crack, so it will stay soft and pliable until you bake it in your home oven.

Baking your clay creation properly will ensure a long lasting finished memory! Here are some tips and techniques ton baking polymer clay:

It looks challenging, but it was surprising easy and FUN to create!

Design by syndee holt