Category Archives: Polymer clay

The Natasha Bead

The Natasha Bead

Several days ago, while watching PM Artists Studio’s live stream, it hit me that I should make a Natasha bead from clay using their monthly color challenge.

This month’s color challenge is spring green, lemon yellow and lilac. You can also add black, white and a metallic if you wish. I wasn’t in my studio, so I was lucky just to find a yellow, a green, and a favorite called gentle plum (Sculpey III.)

A couple of folks in the live stream chat wanted to know what a Natasha bead was. I explained as briefly as I could. You take several colors of polymer clay, chop them up, smoosh them together. Work them with your hands and twist them into ropes, folding them back on themselves. The working of the clay is called, conditioning, and is necessary for the alignment of molecules during curing (baking.) After conditioning, you shape your twisted glob of clay into a rectangular block and let it rest.

After the block is rested and firmed back up. Turn it on its side and slice it down the middle using a tissue blade.

Mine is not perfectly even.

Open the cut block like a book and lay the two pieces side by side to mirror each other.

I think it looks like a bug’s face!

Gently smoosh or roll the two pieces together to adhere to one another. Mine was a little wonky due to the uneven cutting. I flipped it over and trimmed away the excess, again using the tissue blade.

These scraps can be reused for other types of beads.

Here’s the finished Natasha bead, resting.

Before I bake it, I’ll punch two holes where antenna might be. After baking, I’ll add jump rings and chain, and make it a pendant!


Making Buttons…

Making Buttons…

like crazy this holiday weekend!

I’m making shanks from copper wire using bailing pliers.
The yellow molds I made myself. The others are commercial. The little mushrooms and courage bear are hand sculpted.

These flowers will need to be trimmed down before becoming buttons. I’ll also highlight the details with mica powder before baking.

Clearing and Claying

Clearing and Claying

My primary workspace at Mama’s House is the kitchen counter. I need to clear it so I can empty the upper cabinets, clean and reline them.  I create a little, too, while I’m at it. Today’s play:

These were baked in my small white toaster oven at 250F for 30 minutes with no burning!

I’m a Member!

I’m a Member!

of the Blue Ridge Polymer Clay Guild! ‘Very proud to have joined this creative bunch of ladies, today!

The lady in yellow is Marilyn Davenport who comes all the way from Sevierville, TN! Today she demonstrated a polymer quilt technique!Laura Sheaffer and I attended.

Since Laura is an accomplished quilter, this was right up her alley!Marilyn was a knowledgable teacher. It was an inspiring and memorable session!