Donutpendant

Faux turquoise made with polymer clay looks just like the real thing. You can make large pieces or unusual shapes that would be very expensive or difficult to find in real turquoise. Tory Hughes, an artist working in polymer clay, has developed many imitative techniques. She uses translucent clay, paints, and other materials to modify polymer clays to resemble natural materials, including turquoise, jade, coral, ivory, and amber, to name just a few. This project is a quick modified version of...

Reflections Line

Dover Publications 31 East 2nd Street Mineola, NY 11501-3852 www.doverpublications.com Clip art books and CD-ROMs of copyright-free illustrations Environmental Technology, Inc. (ETI) South Bay Depot Road Fields Landing, CA 95537-0365 707-443-9323 www.eti-usa.com Envirotex Lite epoxy resin, EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy, molds, and pigments Fire Mountain Gems One Fire Mountain Way Grants Pass, OR 97526-2373 800-355-2137 www.firemountaingems.com Beads, findings, stringing supplies, and books

Rio Grande Industries

7500 Bluewater Road Albuquerque, NM 87121 800-545-6566 Scratch-Art Co. Inc. P.O. Box 303 Avon, MA 02322 508-583-8085 www.scratchart.com Shade-Tex Rubbing Plates Shrinky Dinks K & B Innovations, Inc. P.O. Box 223 www.shrinkydinks.com 262-966-0305 Shrinkable plastic Soft Flex Company P.O. Box 80 Sonoma, CA 95476 707-938-3539 www.softflexcompany.com Soft Flex Wire' Thunderbird Supply Co. 2311 Vassar NE Albuquerque, NM 87107 800-545-7968 www.thunderbirdsupply.com Jewelry findings, beads, and...

Lazertran

The Leather Factory 800-433-3201 www.tandyleather.com Leather, leatherworking tools, findings, and leather cord Magenta Style 2275 Bombardier Sainte-Julie, Quebec J3E 2J9 CANADA 450-922-5253 www.magentarubberstamps.com Rubber stamps Metalliferous, Inc. 34 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036 888-944-0909 www.metalliferous.com Jewelry findings, wire, tools, and supplies National Artcraft Co. 7996 Darrow Road Twinsburg, OH 44087 888-937-2723 www.nationalartcraft.com Art and craft supplies,...

Necklace

Ie necklaces in this project were crocheted using a simple chain stitch with silk beading cord. The cord is very light and comfortable to wear, making it rerfect for all kinds of jewelry. Try making an anklet or bracelet using the same techniques and materials. Wear multiple strands or try different crochet stitches zo create a variety of styles. The possibilities are endless YOU WILL NEED FOR ONE VIOLET PEARL NECKLACE 2-meter card of size 2 silk beading cord (Griffin) Small steel crochet hook...

Candystripe

These colorful bracelets designed by polymer clay artist Karen Scudder are fun to make and use very little clay. The clay is worked onto memory wire, a very-strong, coiled wire that snaps back to its original shape when expanded and released. Memory wire bracelets are comfortable to wear and can be casual or formal depending on the clay colors you choose. Make and wear multiple bracelets in a rainbow of colors, or choose colors based on different holidays black and orange for Halloween or...

Glues adhesive s

Each type of glue or adhesive has its own properties, making it more suitable for one use than another. Consider the materials you are using and the application process of the adhesive. Something as simple as a fine-tipped applicator can mean the difference between a professional-looking piece and a sticky mess. Read the manufacturer's instructions carefully for proper use and safety precautions. Protect your eyes, skin, and respiratory system. Use proper ventilation and work away from food....

Shrink plastic has been available in sheet

It was first introduced 'on the market under the brand name Shrinky Dinks . Other brands are now available. Shrink plastic is sold in transparent frosted, ivory, brown, and black sheets. There are even new types of shrink plastic that can be used with an ink jet printer. When heated, shrink plastic shrinks to about half of its original size and becomes a thick rigid piece of plastic about V 16-inch thick. Shrink plastic holds color better if it is sanded first. Use...

Bracelet

Tiny vintage pictures captured in clear plastic cabochons are the perfect adornment for the young at heart. The clear cabochons magnify even the smallest details of an image. Slide a cabochon over pictures from reduced color copies, magazines, or catalogs to find just the right image to feature. You will be surprised how great even a single alphabet letter looks under the cabochon. For theme bracelets, look through clip art books filled with copyright-free images from the past. YOU WILL NEED...

That 70s

Everything old is new again, and retro styles from the 1960s and 70s have made a big fashion comeback. Retro style brings back geometric shapes, big beads, and colorful plastic. It's the type of jewelry that you can wear just for fun. Beaded rings are a blast from the past that you can make to match a groovy retro outfit. Fifteen 3-, 4-, or 5mm plastic faceted or pearl beads (with holes large enough for elastic to pass through) Fifteen 3-, 4-, or 5mm plastic faceted or pearl beads (with holes...

Pressed Flower Bracelet

To make a pressed flower bracelet, cut small pieces of black or white paper to fit in each bracelet bezel. Coat both sides of the paper pieces with decoupage glue. Glue the pieces down into each bezel on the bracelet. Place the flowers onto each section. Coat with decoupage glue and let the glue dry. Mix the epoxy according to manufacturers instructions. Mix well to insure proper curing. Fill each bezel with epoxy to cover the flowers, using a toothpick to coax the epoxy into the corners and...

Asianstyle

Jacqueline Lee is an artist with a talent for precision and detail. Her pieces show fine craftsmanship in structure and design. Multiple bakings and precise cutting methods are the secret to creating her refined looking jewelry. This project uses Lazertran Silk waterslide decal paper to transfer images onto polymer clay. This paper is designed to be used with toner-based inks, which are commonly used in copy machines. The toner is transferred and baked onto the surface of the clay enabling you...

Hearts

Cutting free-form heart shapes gives these charming hearts a whimsical style. Look through your rubber stamp collection for patterns and textures to use on the shrink plastic. You don't need the whole stamp to make a great texture on the hearts sometimes the most interesting designs are made with just a portion of the stamp design. Frosted Ruff N' Ready Shrinky Dinks plastic Rubber stamps with various textures Magenta Style and Aspen Art Stamps Rub-On Metallic Highlights paste in copper Bright...

Jewelry

Shrink Plastic Templates

You can transfer photos right onto shrink plastic using your ink jet printer. For this project, black and ivory-colored shrink plastic complement sepia-toned photographs to make Victorian-style pendants and earrings. Jewelry sets inspired by themes such as holiday celebrations, weddings, and baby or pet photos make great gifts. Use color photos with brightly colored wire and beads for a whimsical look. 1 Scan family photos and prepare in the computer using a photo editing program. Size images...

Celtic Bracelet Rubber Stamp

Pressing Jump Rings Into Clay Over Holes

One surprising feature of shrink plastic is its usefulness in producing imitative effects. Sea glass, metal, wood, and ivory are a few faux effects that can be achieved using various methods and materials on the surface of the plastic. With black shrink plastic and metallic paste you can make comfortable, lightweight jewelry that has the feel of ancient forged bronze. Black shrink plastic Shrinky Dinks Fine permanent marker or light-colored pencil Celtic Knots rubber stamp set Aspen Art Stamps...

With wirewrapped bezel

Wire Wrapped Bezel

Making a wire bezel is a great way to set off a large stone bead. Intricate wire-wrapped designs like this one are appearing in exclusive designer collections as a favorite for gemstone bead designs. You can make your own version easily for a fraction of the cost. 24-gauge, half-hard sterling silver wire Chain-nose or flat-nose and round-nose pliers 26-gauge, dead-soft sterling silver or fine silver wire 1. Cut a 12-inch piece of the 24-gauge wire and string the large stone onto it. Wrap a loop...

Findings

Finishing a piece of jewelry is sometimes the most important step in the process of creating it. You want a piece that will hold up and look professional at the same time. The right findings the metal components that hold a piece of jewelry together can really enhance a piece. Choose findings that complement the other materials in the piece and don't detract from the overall look you are trying to achieve. Bead shops, craft stores, and catalogs sell a variety of findings for making jewelry. The...