Make it with Polymer Clay

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Polymer Clay Charms

Enjoy the versatility of Polymer Clay for your craft projects. Polymer clay is a synthetic modelling material, which means it is not a type of clay that comes from the earth. It is actually formulated from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), dyes or pigments and plasticisers to keep it soft until heat cured. It is an acrylic art material.  All polymer clays are thermal set plastics, meaning they are hardened with heat and do not become soft again after curing. Polymer clay comes in various brands and many different colours. We at Bead Cafe carry Sculpey III and Sculpey Premo.

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Sculpey Premo – After conditioning this clay is soft enough to blend easily but firm enough to hold fine detail and for specialized techniques. It’s perfect for caning, mokume gane and mica shift. Because Premo retains flexibility, the finished product remains very strong and durable.  It is great for making millefiore beads and canes, delicate scrapbook pages, faux semi-precious stones or glass adornments.

Sculpey III – maintains tooling and detailing beautifully. Once cured, Sculpey III bakes hard and takes on a matte, bisque-type finish. It’s easy-to-use and stays soft until you bake it. Sculpey III is perfect for figurines, home decor, beads, charms and seasonal items. Sculpey III is great for beginners as it is a softer clay which makes it easier to work with.

Here are some great tutorials we found online.

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Faux Stone Beads

To create these Faux Stone Beads you need translucent polymer clay and whatever inclusions you have on hand such as colourful sand, dried flowers or leaves, embossing powder and dried herbs from the kitchen cabinet.  The possibilities are endless, visit Polymer Clay Web to view their Faux Stone tutorial.

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The spiral cane is a simple cane that is ideal for beginners. The Bead Shop in Nottingham shares this post http://mailorder-beads.blogspot.com/2011/09/polymer-clay-tutorial-spiral-cane.html

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Turtle Box Tutorial 

These are a nice gift idea,  fun to make and you can have the kids help with this project.

http://polymerclayworkshop.com/2013/04/02/polymer-clay-turtle-box-tutorial/

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Ombre Herb Garden Markers Tutorial

.  With a few simple craft supplies you can create this sweet herb garden markers.

http://www.humblebeadsjewelry.com/blog/ombre-herb-garden-markers-tutorial

Here Are Some Inspirational Pieces 

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Cookie Charms – http://pale-swan.deviantart.com/art/Polymer-Clay-Cookie-Charms-for-sale-214783749

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Chinese Knot Earrings – http://favim.com/image/481385/

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Polymer Clay Bangle – http://craftstew.com/

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Jewellery Box – http://ahha.deviantart.com/art/Polymer-Clay-jewelry-boxes-154814995

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Leaf Necklace – http://www.sculpey.com

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Faceted Beads – http://www.polymertutorials.com/

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