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« on: February 21, 2007 07:59:59 PM »

Here is a necklace that I made recently. I'm happy with it and I love the colors. Once again, sorry about my ages old polyclay table and no apologies for the clay under my nails!  Cheesy





Now for the bead tutorial.

1. Roll out some scrap clay with a pasta roller or make sure the clay is rolled out to the same thickness all over. Cut out circles with a small cutter and roll all the circles into balls. This will give you even beads.



2. Next, use a clay extruder to make long snakes of clay. For this process I made my snakes fade from turquoise to gold. You need clay cylinders spaced fairly evenly and an extruder cap that has several holes. If you are using a cap that has one hole your snakes will be one color. An extruder that works by turning the handle and screwing the push bar into the extruder tube is so much easier than one you push by hand.





3. Lay about 4 tubes end to end and smash them together a bit to make them stick. Put them in the extruder and make your snakes.



4. Now to cover the beads... grab a snake and start rolling it into a coil. I broke this piece off so you can see how the coil should look at first. Place it on top of the bead and start spiraling the clay down the bead without leaving spaces.







5. Once the bead is covered break the clay off and carefully poke a hole halfway into the bead. Then turn the bead over and poke all the way through the bead. This will help make sure the hole goes straight through and doesn't go off center.





6. Make all the beads you want using this technique. Time for the accent beads. Using all the scraps you have left make small curliques and spirals. Set them aside and roll out some slightly bigger beads. For mine, I just stacked two of my previous discs together and rolled a larger bead. Cover the bead with the curliques without leaving spaces. fill any tiny spaces with a small ball of clay and roll the bead lightly to fill in the spaces. Don't roll hard enough to blend the spirals!









7. Poke the bead the same way as the others. It helps to put the beads on a thin wire to bake them so they don't roll around and stick together.

8. Bake, string up and enjoy!
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2007 08:08:12 PM »

omg I love that necklace. Im so sad that I'm not a polyclay arteest like you! But you know my address if you wanna send me a gift... Wink

Seriously, that is absolutely fantastic. And awesome tute!
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2007 08:09:45 PM »

Thank you! I'm pretty happy with it. It's too long for me, but who cares? I love it.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2007 08:10:03 PM »

That is amazing!
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2007 08:57:01 PM »

Love how you've expressed your theme - very glamorous!
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2007 09:01:40 PM »

that's so cool!
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2007 09:10:49 PM »

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the compliments ladies!  Kiss
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2007 06:03:12 AM »

Wow, it's very beautiful!  I adore the color combination you used and the swirls on the pendant pull all the beads together.  Love, love, love!

Thanks for sharing & for the awesome tutorial, too!
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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2007 06:08:31 AM »

that is amaazing!  and thank you so much for the tutorial.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2007 07:45:39 AM »

love these! great tute!
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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2007 04:13:39 PM »

Cute, Teapot!  I really need to get one of those Makins guns.  They are so cool.

*off to stick it in the tute archive*
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« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2007 04:25:11 PM »

Thats Lovely!!!  The fiancee bought me a set of clay tools and a bunch of clay but I havent tried a thing (I get all intimidated) but thats just beautiful and your tute looks so easy to follow, Im actually excited!!
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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2007 05:18:45 PM »

It's really easy! Make sre the clay is at least a little warm when you extrude it and let it cool a bit before rolling it on the bead. It makes cleaner snakes that way.
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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2007 07:51:56 PM »

Wow teapot!!  That is beautiful, and my fav colors, how did ya know?? lol  Roll Eyes  Thank you so much for taking the time to share this!!! What colors did you use for the middle part of the pendant? Looks pearly?? 
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« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2007 12:09:50 PM »

I used pearl clay. I did a mica shift circle and baked it on a lightbulb with the filligree around the edges. After I baked it I put the loop on the back and covered it with more filligree. That made the swirlies on the front more stable.
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« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2007 09:36:36 AM »

your necklace is very beautiful!!! PERFECT NAME  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2007 12:09:51 PM »

Absolutely stunning!  Smiley I love the metalics/colors, especially the gold/green combos!
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