Polymer clean up beads

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These scrap beads from Virginia’s Rebekah Payne (TreeWingsStudio) may give you new ideas for what to do with cane ends and leftover blends. Rebekah shows you how she chops and then rolls the leftovers in paint.

The free tutorial is part of a post she wrote on ArtJewelryElements. She gathers the painted bits into any pleasing bead shape. Then she facets the shapes, slicing off the top layer of paint to expose mosaic-like beads. See more examples in her Etsy shop.

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Her method offers a more satifying use of wonky, useless pieces that would otherwise end up mixed into unexciting bead cores.

Clean up your studio and have mosaic beads to show for your effort!

Mokume gane knitting

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Russia’s Maria Belkomor finishes our week of textures with her faux knitted polymer in soft colors. She sands the tops of her knitted circles (made from extruded strings) to unearth more colors, a sort of knitted mokume technique. The beads look like scraps salvaged from a faded favorite sweater.

Maria shares how she added bails to the backs of the beads and strung them on a suede cord with a button closure. The rustic closure adds to the easy, laid-back comfort of the piece. Have an easy weekend!

Do it again polymer

Continuing with textures, we move on to Pennsylvania’s Stacie Louise Smith who mixes lots of media into her jewelry – wire, stone, sea glass, metal clay, and polymer for sculptured pieces and faux fossils..

On the Love My Art group blog, she offers a picture tutorial of how she carves and shapes an original polymer focal piece and then duplicates it in her own silicone mold.

Here’s the best view of her polymer textures and of course you’ll want to stop by her Etsy shop and visit her on Facebook.

Deep textures

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These beads are from Mari O’Dell’s Deep Textures workshop that she holds in her treehouse in Annapolis, Maryland. She has a distinctive way with textures. Mari’s a whiz with extrusions and she has a real love of Asian designs.

While you can find some small pictures and lots of descriptions on her website, the place to find her most recent work is on Facebook. Look in on her classes, check out her latest extrusion patterns and see samples of her cake decorating there. Be sure to check out how Mari adds buttons to flipflop sandals to improve their fashion statement.

Polymer purse handles

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Julie of Dixie103 combines men’s silk ties and polymer handles into this Indian Wedding Bag. This is her prototype.

Julie describes them, “The handles are quite a bit larger than a bracelet bangle and quite a bit thinner. I wanted them to easily slide over one’s arm. There’s a heavy wire going all the way through each handle and they’re double cured for strength. The seam, where the ends meet, is sewn together with many strands of heavy Nymo thread and covered with seed beads. These handles won’t break. I’ve tried.”

The design is her own after lots of research. Where do we sign up? See more pictures of the prototype on Flickr.

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