Birdy Heywood

Birdy Heywood
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I love Black and White Jewellery and it always sells well at exhibitions and shows.

I have put together some simple step by steps on how to create a black and white bracelet,

followed by a beautiful bead using Ultra Fine Copper Glitter.

 I do think that adding a little sparkle to your clay gives it a very special touch!

For more ideas on creating Jewellery from Polymer Clay

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I hope you enjoy the projects

 

For Carmen the Cat tutorial please click on the cat

                                    BLACK AND WHITE BRACELET

 

This is a nice simple project to follow

 but the end result is quite stunning.

 

 

 

   

You will need:

Half a block each of Black and white Polymer Clay

(I have used Fimo Classic because it is excellent for forming canes and also very strong after baking)

A Polymer Clay Blade

Pasta machine or non stick roller to flatten the clay.

A length of black waxed cotton cord

Ceramic tile to work on and also very handy to bake your project on

Wet wipes to clean your hands in between colours

Scissors for cutting the cord

 

Creating the Cane

1.  Begin by conditioning first of all the white clay then feed  it through the pasta machine.  

The sheets should be approx. 1 mm thick. If you don't have a pasta machine handy then you could use a non stick roller or glass tumbler.

2.  Repeat with the black clay.

3.  Cut both flattened strips of clay to approx. 11cm by 5cm. Place the white on top of the black and roll into a jelly roll.

4.  Using both hands, roll evenly to lengthen the cane to 4 times the original length. Don't worry about the ends becoming distorted as this is normal.

5.  Once the required length has been rolled out, cut in the centre and place the two halves side by side.

6.  Cut again and place the four sections together.

7.  Squeeze gently to join and reduce to the required size for the beads.  

8.  Now trim off the ends to neaten.

       

                                                                                   THE CORD

 

     

 

Double over the end of a length of cord and create a knot. This should now form a loop big enough to accomodate a toggle fitting through it.  

Wrap the cord around your wrist so that the unknotted end meets the loop. Add another 3 1/2 cms and cut. Now form a knot on the cut end and trim off the excess with the scissors.

Cut approx. 24 slices from your cane. These should be arround 2mm thick.

Place one slice of cane beneath the knot and another on top. Squeeze gently to join.

 

Ease out a point on either end of the clay to form the shape shown on the photograph. This should fit snugly through the loop. It is wise to test the size and adjust if needed as it will be to late to change it after the clay has been hardened.

Leave a small gap before placing a slice of the clay beneath the cord then another on top of it. Squeeze them gently to connect the two slices together.

Continue to the end until the whole length of the cord has been coverd.

Once completed your bracelet is ready for baking. Bake your creation for 30 mins. at the manufacturer's recommended baking temperature.

I always bake my beads, pendants and bracelets on a ceramic tile but you could use a baking tray.

Why not experiment with beads and buttons using the simple jelly roll cane. Try using different colours.

Please remember not to use utensils that will be later used for food.  

Always follow the clay manufacturer's baking and safety guidelines.

 

  

 

 

 

 

                             Adding Ultra Fine Glitter to your creations

 Another very simple project using Black and White Polymer Clay and a hint of Copper Glitter. 

 

 Begin with a jelly roll the same measurements as for the bracelet project.

 

Place the two sections together again. Lengthen and cut in half once more. 

   

 Once reduced by rolling it out, take a look inside!

 

 

 Place the slices around some scrap clay. Squeeze gently then roll the bead between the palms of your hands until all the seams dissappea.

 

Ultra Fine Glitter is brilliant to apply to the outside of a cane. Here I have used Copper.

 

Suppliers of Ultra Fine Glitter 

 You will need:

 Black and white Polymer Clay, Polymer Clay blade, pasta machine or roller, wooden cocktail stick to pierce the bead, a ceramic tile to bake the beads on, wet wipes and of course the glitter.

 

 

 

Squeeze together at the top and cut in two 

 

 

After placing the two sections side by side you should now have a semi circle. Lengthen slightly then cut in the centre.  

Now for the fun bit! Place the whole cane into the bag of glitter and gently massage the glitter into the surface of the cane.  

  

 WOW!

Simple but stunning.

Create the hole using a cocktail stick and bake at manufactuers recommended baking temperature.

 

Bracelet using black and white beads and glass spacers.

 

 

 Place the two slices side by side and lengthen by gently squeezing and pulling. Cut in half.

  

Place the two halves firmly together to form a circle. Squeeze it in the middle to connect the two hlaves. The cane is now ready to reduce.  

 

Wipe offf the excess with a clean dry paper towel then clean your hands. Cut away several slices to create your bead.

 

 

  For some really exciting ideas on how to create some interesting canes using glitter with Polymer Clay there are Birdy Heywood's Instructional DVDs

THE FEEDBACK HAS BEEN FANTASTIC.

 

 

 

                USING YOUR SCRAP CLAY TO CREATE A FANTASTIC PENDANT

 

 HOW ABOUT USING UP ALL THAT SCRAP CLAY TO CREATE SOME FANTASTIC ONE OFF IMAGES?

 

 CLICK ON THE IMAGE FOR INSTRUCTIONS

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