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« on: August 22, 2005 02:41:42 AM »

This bracelet is a bangle type made of one very long rope of polymer clay (sculpey, to be specific). I made a standard crochet chain, wrapped the ends together, and baked it.
I wanted to make something using these thin plant vines that like to grow over my windows orginally, but I wasn't sure if I could do anything without killing the plant. Later, as I was watching a friend make me a big spool knitter with a vine motif, the idea for this hit me. I plan on making more of these, maybe using swirled colors and things. Thanks for checking this out!

Edit: More/Better pictures to come, once I get some sleep and my camera batteries charge!
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2005 02:55:43 AM »

that is a eally vreavtive idea, i would of never thought of that!

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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2005 06:46:46 AM »

Great idea... looks really cool...i want one!
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2005 07:09:09 AM »

That's really cool!  Did you have problems with the clay breaking on you while you were crocheting?

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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2005 02:08:50 PM »

Thanks so much for the compliments, I'm glad everyone likes it!

That's really cool!  Did you have problems with the clay breaking on you while you were crocheting?
It wouldn't break so much as stretch out and lose its shape. The trick was catching it in time to mush it back slightly, so it would retain its shape. But if I let the long end dangle freely, it would break.
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2005 04:16:52 PM »

This is something I would have never thought of!  I have been toying with the idea of starting to make things out of clay but still haven't done it.  Is this heavy now that it is baked?  I don't know how if would feel, I guess I need to start getting more info on the clay.  Just love this!
 Love these great ideas on this forum!  So Cool!

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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2005 10:29:19 AM »

Cool bracelet! 

I wanted to warn you maybe about a few things re crocheting (or knitting) with polymer clay though... primarily that anything made with Sculpey will probaby break if subjected to stress after baking (if it's not a fairly rounded object, etc., like a bead).  It's just a weak polymer clay... most of the other brands will be much stronger.

Also, there's some good info on crocheting and knitting with strands of polymer clay on this page of my site, including good tips re which brands (or brand combos) of polymer clay work best, and how it needs to be handled to end up flexible and strong:
(...click on the subcategory "Weaving, Crochet, Braid, etc.")

Here are a few example of smaller crocheted things:

Although most  polymer crochet/knitting is done with extrusions of fairly thin clay ropes from a "clay gun," another really fun thing to do (which ends up looking a bit like the bracelet you made) is braiding with clay strands. (I even learned to do a 5-strand braid for the first time with clay  Grin)
There's also a cool variation on this using multicolored strands of clay which are actually a solid color on the outside... after baking, the topmost areas of the braid are sanded back a bit to reveal the colors underneath! Very neat... here's one example of that:
(can barely see the "under colors" in the photo though, so for a better idea of the color effect, look here:

(There's more info on the braiding techniques in the same place I linked to above, if you're interested)

Keep showing us what you try!

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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2005 10:32:53 AM »

that's so cool! i love how the colour stayed true even after baking!
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2005 10:53:41 AM »

what kind of hook did you use?

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