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hanau110603
« on: March 26, 2005 05:49:41 PM »

Here are two bracelets that I made today. I made the beads last night and then used seed beads as fillers. What do you think? Any improvements? Does anyone else do stuff like this? My camera is messed up but the first one is red and white and the second one is orange and white. The red and white one is my favorite. It remindes me of candy. Tongue


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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2005 05:52:41 PM »

just one more example of why i <3 clay
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2005 07:07:36 PM »

those are fun! i want to try a clay bangle but i'm not sure how to do it
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2005 07:30:49 PM »

same here krazigal, i tried it out by like making the bangle round then put a round cylinder of cardboard in the middle of it to keep it round and in the right form...it didn't work and resulted in me throwing the clay at my sister...........*sigh*..............another good craft lost to my sister
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2005 07:34:05 PM »

I wonder if it would be possible to wrap it around something. My idea would be to use a cheap bangle and just wrap the clay around it and bake it. Would that work or would the original bangle melt or blow up or something. I'll have to try it tomorrow.
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2005 07:53:30 PM »

I was thinking that too, but our oven has been broken for like 2 days and I wasn't gonna use the microwave! let me know if it works out!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2005 09:38:11 PM »

this is a bangle I made from polymer.  I used scrap pieces and was originally going to cover it with some textured clay but ended up really liking the color combo and left it as is.  I used one of my old bangle bracelets to make sure the size was gonna work.

You can use certain things as a base to cover with clay but you have to be careful, I've had some stuff start to warp when it is in the heat of the oven

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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2005 10:16:41 PM »

thats so awesome!! is it just all clay shaped like your other bangle? or is something under the clay?
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2005 07:17:57 AM »

i love that! it would be awesome to have a whole bunch of them! i have the same Q's as krazigal!
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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2005 08:35:45 AM »

it is solid clay-  I just rolled all the scrap pieces into separate logs and then twisted them all together, made clean straight cuts on both ends and then used a touch of liquid sculpey to glue them together
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2005 09:27:38 AM »

it came out so smooth and perfectly round! i've fallen in love w/ a bracelet!  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2005 09:33:46 AM »

surfer...i'm in love too <3
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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2005 10:23:17 AM »

btw hanau, i love all your beads! they're so funky! post more pics if you make more!!  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2005 07:45:54 PM »

norsgoebel - I love your bangle!

Here's some more beads. It's kind of picture heavy.









Some of the beads are crappy but I thought I'd post them anyway.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2005 08:06:10 PM »

NO, none of them are crappy! I like them all! I think i'm gonna go get some more polymer clay tomorrow!
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« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2005 08:37:52 PM »

I love polymer clay. All I need is a pasta machine. We're both in the bead swap, it would be cool if we got paired together.

I think we're also partners for the pinback swap.  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2005 08:11:39 AM »

yep haha!  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2005 08:24:39 AM »

Hanau-  I don't know if they have AC Moore's in your neck of the woods, but they have very good prices on pasta machines.  I want  to say they were advertising them for 19.99?!
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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2005 09:19:14 AM »

great job on the beads. do u have an tips on making them?? how do u make the holes; just a needle?
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2005 11:13:01 AM »

hanau, you can also get a pasta machine cheap at Michaels... using their bi-weekly? 40% off coupon, their $25 Amaco pasta machine comes down to about $15  Grin.   This machine is made in the Far East, so it's not as sturdy as the Italian-made ones, but if just follow a few guidelines, it should be fine!
(...check out this page for suggested guidelines, as well as uses for polymer clay, suppliers, etc.)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pastamachines.htm

Also, for perilously_divine who asked about the holes, check out this page for various techniques for creating these and other kinds of polymer bracelets (tiles, etc.) ... there are different ways to get a hole or channels for elastic/Buna cord, etc. in polymer bracelets.  It's best to start out with one of the simple ones  Smiley
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/jewelry.htm
(...click on "Bracelets," then scroll down to "Rods & Cuffs"...)



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« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2005 12:36:48 PM »

i love you all!! i'm a polymer clay beading freak haha! i'll just sit in the middle of the floor in my bedroom beading while watching t.v.. commercial = oven time. watch until next commercial and then *weeee beads!* i've gone nuts.  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2005 02:18:14 PM »

Hanau- I don't know if they have AC Moore's in your neck of the woods, but they have very good prices on pasta machines. I want to say they were advertising them for 19.99?!

It's horrible, they have a HUGE AC Moore's by my mom's house... in Pennsyvania!  Cry (I live in Wichita, I'm really suprised that they don't have one here.)

I think I'm going to get one from Michael's.

great job on the beads. do u have an tips on making them?? how do u make the holes; just a needle?

Thank you! I don't have any real tips except be patient! With my tiny beads that I make a lot of, I get frusterated becasue they lose they're shape when I'm trying to put holes in them. So I have to be careful and then keep reshaping them.

For the holes, I use to use a toothpick, but recently I starting using a big sewing needle. *Tip* With the needle, when I insert it into the bead to make the hole, it gets stuck so I gently rotate the needle back and forth while pulling it out.  Smiley

I love polymer!!!
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« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2005 03:15:20 PM »

 this tip is on Diane's web site as well but if you do the hole partially on one side then turn the bead around and complete the hole on the other there is less distortion.  If you have a dremel tool you can also drill the holes after they have baked too
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« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2005 09:57:36 PM »

to make piercing pc beads easier...........  just wait.  If you shape your beads and let them sit for an hour or more.. or heck, put them in the freezer for a little whie.. then pierce them.. the beads will retain thier shape...   

also, poke the bead, then poke the other side.. so you wont have that "exit wound" so to speak on the other side.
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« Reply #24 on: March 30, 2005 07:54:59 AM »

Quote
also, poke the bead, then poke the other side.. so you wont have that "exit wound" so to speak on the other side.



ha ha ha ha  Grin.... I  LOVE technical terms ... and such a great visual!
<running off to put that on my Bead Holes page>



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« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2005 08:34:10 PM »

Funny story about my red and white "candy" bracelet. My manager (a man) was like "that looks like candy." Me-"I know, doesn't it?" Him-"Do you ever  try to eat it?" Me-"Um no, it's made out of clay." Him-"oh, well if I had that, I'd try to eat it because it looks like candy."  Cheesy Grin Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2005 08:55:19 PM »

Funny story about my red and white "candy" bracelet. My manager (a man) was like "that looks like candy." Me-"I know, doesn't it?" Him-"Do you ever  try to eat it?" Me-"Um no, it's made out of clay." Him-"oh, well if I had that, I'd try to eat it because it looks like candy."  Cheesy Grin Cheesy

haha!! but if you knew it was clay, you wouldnt eat it even if it did look like candy. you should buy him a bag of peppermints and bring them to work next time, lol
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« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2005 12:36:14 PM »

haha!! but if you knew it was clay, you wouldnt eat it even if it did look like candy. you should buy him a bag of peppermints and bring them to work next time, lol

Good idea!

Well, my "candy" bracelet is now somewhere in South Carolina. Sooo far from home. My best friend moved last weekend and she wanted my bracelet and even though I didn't want to part with it, I'm a good friend.  Cry
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