Making Polymer Clay Beads Step-by-Step Techniques for Creating Beautiful Ornamental Beads

Learn how to handle and work with polymer clay - a synthetic clay that doesn't shrink or change texture when cured - in a comprehensive introduction to materials, tools, and equipment for bead-making techniques.
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Create beautiful polymer clay beads for jewelry and decoration with Making Polymer Clay Beads, a beginner's guide to exploring the possibilities of this popular craft.

Learn how to handle and work with polymer clay-a synthetic clay that doesn't shrink or change texture when cured-in a comprehensive introduction to materials, tools, and equipment for bead-making techniques.

Techniques range from conditioning raw clay and making simple shapes to decorating them with foils, powders, and millefiori. Produce fabulous faux effects like ivory, bone, turquoise, marble, and silver; create rounds, canes, and spirals; discover how to fold and sculpt to create dramatic variations.

With a gallery of beads by internationally renowned artists, Making Polymer Clay Beads provides inspiration and demonstrates the range of effects that can be achieved in polymer clay. Techniques for creating beautiful ornamental beads are clearly demonstrated with hundreds of step-by-step photographs of new beads designed by the author.

Master a technique and then experiment: switch colors, alter the scale, or play with scraps to make new beads. Then learn to incorporate these beads into jewelry designs. Discover the magic of working with polymer clay!

Reviews: "If you've ever thought about trying polymer clay but didn't know where to start, this book is perfect for you. Besides using some of the most beautiful examples of polymer I've ever seen in a craft how-to book, this book really covers all you need to know about the craft as a beginner, or even somewhat experienced polymer clay artist."-South Jersey Bead Society

SKU: 07BD3

Author/Speaker/Editor: Carol Blackburn

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680197

Number Of Pages: 128

Table of Contents
Materials and Techniques
  • Materials
  • Equipment and Workspace
  • Conditioning
  • Baking
  • Making Logs, Snakes, Strings, and Sheets
  • Color Mixing
  • Blending - the Skinner Technique
  • Combing, Feathering, and Swirling
  • Cutting and Slicing
  • Caning and Stacking
  • Molding
  • Bead Shapes
  • Drilling, Sanding, Polishing, and Varnishing
  • Extrusions
  • Foils, Powders, and Glitters
  • Applique
  • Texturing
  • Inlay
  • Rorschach
  • Transfers
  • Rubber Stamping
  • Mokume Gane
  • Mokume Gane Using Translucent Clay
  • Mica Shift Effect
Faux Techniques
  • Wood
  • Veined Marble
  • Ivory and Bone
  • Leather
  • Amber
  • Coral
  • Bronze
  • Abalone
  • Jade
  • Mother-of-Pearl
  • Silver
  • Malachite
  • Turquoise
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Onyx
  • Agate
Bringing it all Together
  • Findings and Threads
  • Attaching Findings
  • Designing with Beads

SKU: 07BD3

Author/Speaker/Editor: Carol Blackburn

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680197

Number Of Pages: 128

Customer Reviews

Inspirational! Review by Karen
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This book is beautiful! Well organized with lots of basic information, step-by-step instructions, beginner to advanced projects, gorgeous and diverse beads--from simple to complex. There is something here for everyone. I ordered this book to explore making polymer clay beads and it has inspired me to get going!

(Posted on 10/5/2014)

(Posted on 10/5/2014)