Birdy Heywood
Artist with a Magical Touch

Birdy Heywood

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I love black and white jewellery and it always sells well at shows and exhibitions. 

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

followed by a beautiful bead using Ultra Fine Glitter.

I do feel that adding a little sparkle to your clay gives it a really special touch.

I hope you enjoy the projects.

Black and White Bracelet

This is a nice simple project to follow

but the end result is 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.

Double over the end of a length of cord and create a knot. This should now form a loop big enough to accommodate 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 covered.

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 to create some interesting beads. 

This fine glitter is very effective when applied to the outside of a cane. Here I have used copper. 

You will need:

Black and white polymer clay 

Polymer Clay Blade

Pasta machine or rolling pin

Wooden cocktail stick to pierce the beads with

Wet wipes 

and of course the glitter.

How about using up your scrap clay 

to create some fantastic one off images for pendants?

Click on the image for instructions