Crysanthemum Cane Polymer Heart Pendant Necklace

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I have SOOO many polymer clay canes in my fridge….I first came across canes on EBay a year or so ago, and I was intrigued. How do they do it? I ordered two and studied them when they came, then set to practicing. My first ones were silly looking indeed. And I still can’t make super detailed ones, or even really good flowers. But I have learned you really can’t mess up an abstract cane.

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So I came upon this tute for a translucent chrysanthemum cane from PC Polyzine and even though I said I am not making any more canes until I use up some of the ones I already have, I made it anyway.

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It was actually too easy, and literally took about five minutes. It’s a strip of white, a strip of pearl, a strip of any color translucent (I used translucent red), and then a bunch of scraps torn into little pieces and pressed all over the stack of strips. Roll it up jellyroll style, and the log is then pierced halfway through eight times with a credit card to distort. And voila! That’s it!

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I made two hearts, as shown in the tutorial, with scrap clay as the centers. I made four beads, too….by covering some wooden beads with slices of cane. And sigh, I still have about 3/4 of the cane left to add to my stash of canes. They have taken over BOTH butter dish spots on my refrigerator door.

ingredients:   silver 11/0 seeds, silver 4mm bicones, pink 6mm crystal rondelles.

ingredients: silver 11/0 seeds, silver 4mm bicones, pink 6mm crystal rondelles.

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I actually wanted to use silver chain to make this necklace, but I can’t find any! Holy Smokes! An excuse to go bead shopping. So I did the next best thing: tiny silver seed beads. I will save the other heart and beads for another necklace later.

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Beads and Flowers from one Polymer Clay Cane

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It all started with this cane, which is just a skinner jelly roll of white and pinks, and pinched into a sort of petal shape. I followed this tutorial for a polymer flower and used two sizes of the cane, larger petals for the outer part, and smaller petals for the inside.

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Use the old “bend the eye pin” trick so that it will not slide out of your finished work.

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Start adding petals to a circle of pink on top of your green base. My flower has WAY less petals than the tutorial flower! That’s par for the course….I am very impatient. My first flower came out so pretty! But HUGE! I mean absolutely huge, like what am going to do with THIS??

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I also broke off a petal and glued it back on. Oh well, another refrigerator magnet! Or……

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attach it to an electric candle! I bought this candle at Big Lots last week, intending to maybe polymer clay cane it, but when I got it home it turns out it is made of wax! So applying cane slices and baking is pretty much out, I suppose. So voila! Big Flower finds a home!

I did make a second, smaller flower and put it on a cord and wore it to work.

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So I had a bunch of cane left, and decided to turn it into an actual flower cane.

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I like to cover wood beads with cane slices. Besides saving on clay, they are guaranteed same size and the hole is already taken care of. I found out the hard way that you need to use wood beads that are finished in some way; unfinished raw wood beads makes the clay blister. I buy painted wood beads from DC&C Crafts, packages of 80 beads for $1.50 and they work beautifully with polymer clay.

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I made two sizes of flowers on my beads, and then strung them with colored wooden beads for some bracelets.

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So two projects, one cane. And I still have about four inches of cane left over!

Wednesday Beading Project – “Looking Glass” pendant

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I wandered on to the Craftsy website last week, and having been paid today I figured I would actually purchase a pattern for the first time. Up until now, everything I have ever made has been from either a free tutorial or copied from a picture from the internet. After searching for about half an hour, I couldn’t find anything that I wanted to pay for! The one that jumped out at me turned out to be a free tutorial. Sigh, I tried. No, I WANT to support my fellow beaders and I promise I will buy a tutorial one of these days from someone who I am sure put alot of time, effort and imagination into coming up with a new and unique idea.

But for today, I tried out this Looking Glass Pendant Tutorial, which as I said is a free download. It was very easy, only took me about an hour start to finish, and can be adapted into any number of shapes and color combinations.

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I did not have an oval shaped connector, only a circle. I think an oval would actually look much better than a circle. But I am pleased with the outcome, and put my pendant on a string of the same 6/0 and 11/0 seed beads that I had used for the pendant.

Happy Wednesday! 🙂

Split Circle Polymer Pendant on Squiggly Wire

finished pendant on a black rubber chain

finished pendant on a black rubber chain

Okay, so I came across this really cool looking polymer pendant on Flickr. A circle, cut in half, each half set on a piece of squiggly wire and slightly spaced. Why not?

work in progress

work in progress

I bent my wire to look like the photo. Piece of cake! The only thing I would definately change next time is the size of the entire thing. It’s HUGE! So you make a loopy spiral for the bottom, about four curves of wire, and leave the top straight so that you can make a hook or a bail later. I rolled out a piece of black clay and put some green cane slices on it to match the green wire I was using. The wire I used was also pretty thick, so I figured the easiest way to get this all on the wire was to cut out TWO circles and sandwich the wire between them.

sandwiching the wire piece between two clay circles

sandwiching the wire piece between two clay circles

After carefully lining up all the circle halves, I smoothed the outer sides best I could. I baked. I buffed. I finished with “Finish” polish. Then bent the top wire into a loop to attach a jump ring.

after oven, before making the top loop

after oven, before making the top loop

Okay, so I’m not crazy about the way I laid the cane slices, I would definately try and make a more continuous pattern next time. And this thing is THICK, I also will try and make a smaller wire piece and thinner clay pieces. But all in all, it is a very interesting concept, and was actually very easy to do. Definately unique!

The big ol' finished pendant

The big ol’ finished pendant