Looking at the polymer clay beads by Turtle Soup Beads
makes me realize just how far polymer clay has come as a form of bead art since I started beading, almost 15 years ago. With all of the innovations made with surface treatments, glitters, powders, and inclusions, polymer clay beads are finding their rightful place alongside other intricately crafted handmade beads made from ceramic and glass.
These gorgeous handmade polymer clay beads from Turtle Soup Beads paired wonderfully with a selection of seed beads from Stony Creek Bead for the April/May 2014 Beadwork Challenge kit. Senior Editor Jean Campbell was the lucky editor who got to work with these beads, and this is what she had to say about her creation:
"The materials in this kit certainly are not me, so this Challenge was definitely a challenge! Once I embraced the dare, I formed peyote stitched tubes and a beaded magnetic clasp (see my blog post about how to make this clasp at Inside Beadwork Magazine: Covering a Magnetic Clasp With Peyote), then strung them together with a peppering of the floral polymer clay beads. Now all I need is to be invited to a luau so I can wear the bracelet."
What would you name Jean's beautiful beaded bracelet? Leave a comment here with your idea for a name for this bracelet, and you might win a kit of beads just like the one Jean used for this creation!
Leave a comment before May 3, 2014 at 12 midnight CDT. Our fabulous editors will choose the name they like best, and the winner will receive their very own kit of beads like the one pictured, including the handmade polymer clay beads from Turtle Soup Beads, and the coordinating pearls and glass beads from Stony Creek Beads! (Please Note: Due to customs regulations, this giveaway is only open to residents of the United States.)
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