Free Polymer Clay Beading Project: Mashed Up Hearts

Feb 21, 2012

Although I've tried my hand at bead making using polymer clay, I've never considered myself to be particularly good at it. Especially after seeing a friend of mine who created an entire Lord of the Rings chess set out of polymer clay -- I just don't need that kind of intimidation while I'm trying to make my polymer clay beads look like beads!

But with all the new polymer clay bead-making tools, powders, and embellishing products available, I've started to take an interest in polymer clay again. Polymer clay is starting to look more and more attractive to this former lampwork artist, especially since I don't have lots of hours to sit at the torch anymore. One of the great things about polymer clay bead making is that it's something I can even do with my four-year-old son: he loves to make loads of little polymer clay balls for me to embellish and bake!

Today on Beading Daily, I'm thrilled to present to you a free, exclusive polymer clay project from Iris Weiss, the Education Manager of Polyform Products. Polyform Products distributes Sculpey and Premo! polymer clays as well as a whole line of tools and embellishments for polymer clay. These beautiful Mashed Up Hearts can be used as either pendants or pins!

Materials:

  • (1) 2oz. package Premo! Sculpey black clay
  • Assorted glitters
  • Pearl Ex powders
  • 18 gauge jewelry wire in colors to match your glitters
  • Pin back, if desired

Tools:

  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade
  • Clay conditioning machine
  • Work mat
  • Tools for adding texture to your clay
  • Craft knife
  • Flush cutter
  • Round nose and/or chain nose pliers

Step by Step Instructions:

Step 1: Roll out the Premo! black clay on the widest setting on your clay conditioning machine. Cut the clay in half and stack the pieces on top of each other. Use your craft knife to cut out a basic heart shape. (It should NOT be a perfect heart shape!) Step 2: Use your index finger to soften the edge of the heart. Step 3: Use your Bristle Block or any other tools that you like to create a texture across your heart. You can even punch holes through the heart shape. (The cracks worked perfectly for this heart!)
Step 4: Once you have your heart shape textured, add the Pearl Ex powders by putting a very small amount on your fingertip and touch it to the surface of the clay. Start with your base color and then add accent colors to cover the entire surface of the heart. Step 5: Wrap a short length of wire around the Etch & Pearl tool and trim to the desired length. Insert the ends into each side of the heart. Step 6: Bake the clay according to package directions. You can add a pink back to the baked clay or suspend the heart as a pendant from the wire.

Aren't these little polymer clay hearts great? The thing I love about these is that there's no wrong way to make them! For someone who doesn't do a lot with polymer clay, a project like this makes me think that there's hope for me yet!

Have you mastered the basics of polymer clay and want to start making jewelry that's both refined and organic in nature? Then you'll definitely want to check out Enlightened Polymer Clay. Each of the twenty-nine projects takes basic polymer clay techniques and shows you how to use them to create light, ethereal polymer clay jewelry. Get your copy of Enlightened Polymer Clay and take your polymer clay bead making projects a step further!

Do you have a favorite polymer clay bead making tip? Share your tips and techniques here on the Beading Daily blog!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

P.S. For a Raku variation on this fun polymer clay project and a giveaway from Polyform products, head on over to our Beading Instructions blog!


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SherriC@10 wrote
on Feb 22, 2012 3:06 PM

This seems like a great beginner project... Not much to mess up.  Oklahoma Bead Society is having a clay workshop in M arch.  This might be a good project for that

on Feb 23, 2012 8:12 AM

I get so frustrated when working with polmer clay, but this project looks fairly simple. Thank you for sharing this tutorial.

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rramonj wrote
on Feb 26, 2012 9:49 AM

Well, I think the thing I really love from polymer clay is the endless possibilities you have. Colors, shapes, textures... whatever you can imagine you can create. So there's no limit. I love to work also with other media like seed beads, Swarovski beads, wire, fabric, etc. But for sure the colors of polymer clay run my imagination wild.