Monday, May 25, 2015

Summer Jewelry Trends: Polymer Clay & Seashells


Summer breezes, salt water, sand, & Seashells! One of my favorite hobbies is collecting unusual
shells from our gorgeous Florida beaches. I love incorporating my finds into my polymer clay
jewelry.
The most difficult shells to find are the orange scallop shells, the tinier the better. Nature creates such stunning colors. The background of this photo was taken on Sarasota Bay.
This bracelet contains a mix of small scallop shells, Cat's Paws, Orange Jingle shells.


Please stop by and visit my Etsy Shop:  Beadazzle Me 
to see these pieces and more Seashell Jewelry.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring is in the Air: Polymer Clay Fever

               Spring is in the Air: Polymer Clay Fever

Lots of white Polymer Clay, Flowers, Butterflies, and Leaves, that's what you'll find on my work desk today!

This lovely Spring weather has inspired me to create a Floral Teapot, to add to my growing collection.
Keep watching for updates on my Teapot to see how I finish it. I'm not sure if I will keep it all white, or maybe use some Patina Inks to add some subtle color washes. My neighbor stopped by to purchase 2 Butterfly Necklaces for her daughters, she saw me working on the Floral Teapot and loved it, so this one is already sold. I think everyone seems to love butterflies as much as I do:) Here is the completed 
teapot, I used a turquoise patina ink, verdigris, and olive green. The finishing touch was the hi-lighting
done in 18K gold leaf.


I enjoy gardening & butterflies, so I always try to plant flowers that will attract colorful butterflies. My verbenas are just starting to bloom, in all their purple splendor! 

                                       

                      Here are some of my favorite Butterfly Necklaces

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Polymer Clay Faux Dichroic Jewelry

The Holidays are just around the corner, so I've been busy creating some colorful
Faux Dichroic jewelry for my Etsy Shop.  I always wanted to work with real
dichroic glass, but this is the next best thing! I use a nice thick coat of Enviro tex lite resin
to bring my faux glass creations to life.
  
Textured Rainbow Earrings

Happy Holidays!  Happy Crafting!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Trendy Stud Earrings Polymer Clay Jewelry



                   Small Stud Earrings

             Wearable Art post earrings, a tiny pop of color 

              for your ears!

 
Large 3/4"
Large 3/4" Stud Earrings

        Find these and more in My Etsy Shop Beadazzle Me

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Polymer Clay Tutorial: Mica Shift Mystery Pendants


This is my third in a series of Mica Shift technique tutorials.  I'm fascinated by the Mica Shift effect, and as this tutorial uses an extruder as a primary tool, it's got to be one of favorite methods.  The Mica Shift technique can replicate a 3D-like illusion, some people call it Ghost Image, which seems appropriate this month for Halloween. I hope you will try my new tutorial, it's lots of fun, and makes a great weekend project, just click on the link below!

Mica Shift Mystery Tutorial

Monday, May 19, 2014

Polymer Clay Cuff Bracelet Tutorial

New Tutorial 

Purple Millefiori Cuff Bracelet

I finally finished my latest tutorial, this one took a couple months to complete. I love making cuff bracelets, and I hope people will find my unique technique of constructing them, a great alternative to other methods.



In my new tutorial How to Create a Polymer Clay Cuff Bracelet I reveal my secrets to successfully creating a sturdy & flexible Cuff Bracelet, from start to finish. The Tutorial will guide you step by step on "How To Create" a fabulous Millefiori flower pattern bracelet.

You will learn:
Basic construction of cuff, my way
Decorating cuff/ Inspirations/Ideas/Millefiori technique
Finishing cuff/ Buffing/or Varnish
Drilling cuff & adding magnetic clasp

It includes 24 pages of easy to understand instructions, and 53 color images, Gallery photos of completed cuff bracelet projects. This Millefiori technique (of using small flower canes to decorate) may be used on pendants & other polymer clay pieces. I explain how I do all my millefiori work, so that it appears seamless, and requires little wet-sanding.
Suitable for use by Intermediate to Advanced level polymer clay enthusiasts, will also enjoy it. Some prior experience with polymer clay is needed.



                                                                                                        
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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Polymer Clay Graphics

What's on my work table this week?  Graphic Black & White canes! 
I'm also working on a new Polymer Clay Tutorial, on how I construct my Millefiori Cuff Bracelets. I hope to have it completed soon:)



Please stop by and visit my Etsy Shop to see my latest designs!
Beadazzle Me Polymer Clay Jewelry

Friday, April 11, 2014

Polymer Clay Free Tutorial: Making a mold using Weeds, Flowers, & Pods

  

                                               How to Make a Polymer Clay Mold

Spring has sprung here on the sunny West-Coast of Florida. Flowers are blooming, trees are lush and green, and the weeds are abundant!  It inspired me to go for a walk in the woods, and as polymer clay is always on my mind, I decided to search for something new to use in my mold-making. I found so many interesting shapes and textures that I thought would lend themselves perfectly to polymer clay. A few of the plant specimens are shown below. I found it best to use them right away, as they seem to dry out quickly, and become brittle.


Use a conditioned piece of Premo clay that has been rolled out on the #1 setting of the pasta machine. Cut 2 small squares and lay them one on top of the other, so you have a double thickness of clay. Place the clay block on a baking tile. Dust the top of the clay with some cornstarch to act as a release. Trim the plant specimen and arrange it in a pleasing pattern on the clay block. 

Next, cover your work with a piece of parchment paper. Using an acrylic square, press down to embed plants and stems.


Grasp the stems by the ends, and carefully pull them out, so as not to distort the raw clay mold. For the stubborn ones left behind, use a beading pin to gently pry up the pieces. If you are going to use the mold to make earrings you can stop at this step.




I like to add a raised frame around the edge when I make a mold for a pendant, it really sets off the design. If you decide to put resin on your pendant, the frame has the added advantage of holding the resin on top of your pendant.


Now, place the mold in your clay oven, and bake for approximately 30 minutes at 275 degrees. 
I hope you enjoy this tutorial, Happy crafting!
Tip:  When using your new mold to make a pendant, dust it thoroughly with cornstarch, so the clay doesn't stick to the mold.
Pendant made using the mold with the raised edge frame
*Note how nicely the thin edge holds the resin

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Polymer Clay Flower Dangle Earrings: Free Tutorial

Flower Dangle Earrings                 
© Sherri Kellberg,  Beadazzle Me.etsy.com 2014
Polymer Clay Tutorial by artist Sherri Kellberg

Please visit my Etsy Shop for more tutorials & my handmade jewelry   https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadazzleMe?ref=si_shop
 This is a free tutorial for all my blog followers  
Earrings are my favorite piece of jewelry to create! I love color coordinating them with different outfits. It’s the perfect way to add a splash of color and pizzazz to your style. My Etsy Shop is full of unique Wearable Art jewelry. I hope you enjoy making these earrings, add your own spin on them, try them in sparkly gold or silver! Happy crafting!

Material Needed:  1 package Bronze Premo clay
                              1 package Copper Premo clay
                              1/2" circle cutter & Mini Flower cutter
                              Texture sheet
                              Small flower stamp
                              Bead pin
                              Earring findings: earwires, eye pins, jump rings
                              Turquiose beads

STEP ONE:  Condition a segment of Bronze Premo! clay, roll out on the #2 setting of your pasta machine. Cut out 2 circles with a 1″ cutter.

STEP TWO:  Form each circle into a tube bead shape. Roll until smooth.
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STEP THREE:  Roll each tube bead over the texture sheet

STEP FOUR:  Use the bead piercing tool to incise lines & dots on bead. Make a hole horizontally through the top part of the bead. Bake clay beads as per package directions.

STEP FIVE: Making the marbled flower bead.  Condition a segment of Bronze and one of Copper. Marble the colors together, roll out on #1. Cut 4 flower shapes (use 2 flowers to make 1 bead), using the Flower cutter tool.

STEP SIX:  Stamp the bead with a small flower stamp. Make hole in flower bead. Bake beads.




STEP SEVEN: Distress the beads with acrylic paints. Brush on, wipe off excess
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STEP EIGHT: Assemble earrings, add copper findings & beads
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Here is a variation on these earrings

Thursday, January 23, 2014

My Valentine Heart Bracelet is featured on Polymer Clay Daily




















I was delighted to see my Valentine Heart Bracelet featured on Cynthia Tinapple's blog, Polymer Clay Daily. My morning ritual consists of sitting down with my cup of Hazelnut coffee, and looking at what new gems Cynthia has discovered to inspire us! It's a great way to start the day! She introduces us to artists from around the globe, and lets us peek at their latest creations and experiments.