Swapping with style

Joan Tayler's ball chain idea makes swapping fun again on PolymerClayDaily

Ohio neighbor, Nancy Nearing, traveled to Vancouver to visit her daughter and to meet up with Joan Tayler who has a thriving polymer business at the Granville Island Public Market (and on Etsy).

Joan sent PCD readers a super new idea for small art to trade and collect.  If inchies and totems and bowls have lost their swap thrill in your group, consider her new method.

She recommends baking beads directly on short lengths of ball chain (1 1/2″ or so). Sandwich the chain between two slices of cane or devise your own style.  Join the individual pieces together with connectors and make them into necklaces, bracelets, keychains, whatever.

Joan made all these beads on this sample. Beads coming from far and wide might look very different.

Once your group agrees on a color and size of ball chain, you have an easy swap. Brilliant, eh? Thanks, Joan and Nancy!

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  • reply Rebecca ,

    Joan’s idea is genius! What fun mix-and-matchability!
    I’m making it public, right here, right now… I’m borrowing this idea!

    • reply Jeanne Rhea ,

      Love this idea! I have a roll of this ball chain and can’t wait to try it. Brilliant!

      • reply Gerri McCullough ,

        This is a fabulous idea! Thank you for letting us know about it!

        • reply Julie Picarello ,

          Such a fun idea, great for a guild activity! And I’m not surprised it came from Joan…she is such a creative soul. Thanks for sharing!

          • reply JoAnne Newman ,

            Thank you Joan! Love her ideas and she is go great with sharing them. I also think this is a project for polymer clay guilds.

            • reply Carol Blackburn ,

              Neat idea, Joan. xxx

              • reply Laurie Mika ,

                Such a great, fun and creative idea for a swap! Love it….and could see how the flag, city symbol idea would be fun to do with others around the world!

                • reply Mona Chan ,

                  What a wonderful idea and a big thank you for sharing. Hope to try this on my own when I can block out some time!

                  • reply Lorrene Baum-Davis ,

                    Awesomeness!!!!! Love it. Another slap my forehead moment in my life.

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