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« on: July 29, 2007 08:25:58 PM »

I dabble in a little bit of beading and over the weekend managed to get all excited about making my own beads with polymer clay. I've never worked with polymer clay before, and I'm wondering if I'd be biting off more than I can chew. Does anyone have any suggestions for a complete novice?

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2007 10:06:28 AM »

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I've never worked with polymer clay before . . .

Hi and welcome to polymer clay!

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. . . excited about making my own beads with polymer clay. . . and I'm wondering if I'd be biting off more than I can chew. . . .

Absolutely not!   We all had to start just where you are... plus there are many-many polymer techniques that can be done even by beginners, and in quite sophisticated ways.  (You should see some of the things made by the 6th graders in a class I taught, and they were also total beginners. Grin)

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Does anyone have any suggestions for a complete novice

First, here are some general suggestions for polymer clay beginners:

(at the top of this page, you'll see a "sticky" message that says "Getting Started With Polymer Clay"... that will take you to these old messages:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=73664.0
(you can ignore the first 2 messages --not sure what they're doing in there anyway... then there is a message I wrote with a lot of info, and many other posts in those 9 pages with lots of beginner info too)

This page at my online polymer clay encyclopedia website deals with some of the beginner tools too:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/tools_Dremels_worksurfaces.htm

But after that, since you're interested in making beads,you might want to check out these pages at my site on making polymer clay beads in general:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/beads.htm
.....http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/beads-holes.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/jewelry.htm (necklaces,bracelets,earrings,hair,etc)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pendants_cording.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/buttons.htm

Actually, most any of the "techniques" in the polymer clay repertoire can be used to make beads, or their resulting patterns and effects can be put on bead surfaces, so you might want to take a look down this page and find out some of the techniques you might be interested in starting with for your beads:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm

P.S.  If you really get into making beads with polymer clay in all kinds of ways, you might also want to join some polymer clay groups that do more of that kind of thing with their clay... at Craftster, clayers usually concentrate on miniature sculpts and some larger sculpts, with occasional forays into a few other polymer techniques.  There's more info on those groups and their contact info on this page, if you're interested:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/groups--online2.htm
... click especially on Most Active Groups, and also check out ArtJewelry.com in the Message Board section at least; here's a direct link to it though (select the Polymer Clay board)
http://cs.artjewelrymag.com/artcs/forums
... OR http://www.artjewelrymag.com/art/community/forum ... the site has recently completely redone itself, so it's still having occasional problems with slowness or access)


HTH,

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2007 12:45:45 PM »

Kudos to you DianeB. Every time someone has a question regarding polymer clay you are always helpful.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2007 04:02:30 PM »

WOW! Thanks for all that info, Diane B!

Now I really can't wait to get started. I foresee a trip to the craft store in my all-but-immediate future. Grin
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