By Sue Heaser
The power to make attractive jewellery isn't any longer restrained to metalworkers, silversmiths, potters, woodworkers, ceramicists, and jewelers. you can now the right way to make really good goods out of the recent modeling clays and accomplish striking results, comparable to the facility to imitate worthy metals, porcelain, wooden, and stone. not more dear kilns both! This clay may be hardened utilizing a standard baking oven. Polymer clay is available in an enormous array of colours and will be combined to accomplish extra shades. tremendous flexible, even after being within the oven it nonetheless might be minimize, crammed, sanded, and painted. basic innovations are defined for making many items in a large choice of types. Over 50 tasks are provided in a straight forward demeanour. If yon are a newbie to this rather new craft, you are going to love the fantastic creation; if you have been modeling clay for it slow, try out the various brand-new concepts.
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Extra resources for Making Polymer Clay Jewelry
Chapter 2: Tricks and Tools of the Trade Monofilament thread is a clear, single-strand thread. Designed especially for jewelry making, it works well for illusion-style necklaces and other designs where you don’t want the thread to show. Look for it at just about any crafts store in the jewelry-making section, as well as from most vendors who sell beading supplies. For beginners, monofilament thread is a decent choice because it’s inexpensive, but it’s not a huge improvement over fishing line. Use it, but move up to something more durable as soon as you can afford to.
Available mostly in sterling and plated silver or 14kt gold or gold-filled, some crimps come with an attached loop, some are smooth, and others are corrugated. Check out Figure 2-9 to see examples of crimp beads. Make sure to buy the right crimp size for your thread or cord. Buy crimp tubes for a stronger hold or a thicker strand; use crimp beads for a less strong hold or a more delicate look. I like the 2×2mm and the 3×3mm crimp tubes, especially for multiple bead strands, but experiment to see which you prefer.
Look for them in single or multistrand designs as well. Stock up on a bunch of various shapes and sizes in either gold or silver. Check out Figure 2-13 to see examples of this design. Figure 2-13: Fancy clasps. Illustration by Wiley, Composition Services Graphics Spring ring clasps These are the round clasps you’ve probably seen on many traditional designs. They are used with a jump ring or a chain tab to complete the clasp and require pinching a release trigger that springs open and closed. These clasps are small and can be a bit tricky to see well.