“I am trying to think outside the box this year… trying to be a little more daring with the bling.” ~Lupe-M
If you want to make your beads sing, you’ve got to add a little bling! And when I say bling, I’m referring to any kind of sparkle, both on and in your polymer clay beads. Here are a few quick tips to follow:
Add Metal to the Surface of Your Beads: Metal Leafs and Foils are great ways to add a little sparkle and glam to your beads. Listed below are a few articles that have already been posted about how to use and apply gold leaf and foils:
- Crackled Gold Leaf on Round Beads
- Differences Between Gold Leaf and Gold Foil
- Jones Tones Foil and Mona Lisa Gold Leaf
- Using Metal Leafs and Foils
Add Metal to the Inside of Your Beads: Putting a layer of gold, silver or copper leaf in between layers of polymer clay, makes a lovely Mokume Gane. Here are a couple of articles on how to do the Mokume Gane Technique:
Add Sparkly Powder: There are lots of different sparkling powders you can use on and in your polymer clay. Think mica powders, pigment powders, glitter and even eye shadow! Read the following articles for more info:
Speaking of glitter… if you haven’t seen the video I posted back in June 2008 about Ellen DeGeneres lobbying congress to ban glitter, it’s a must see. In the video, my friend the Crafty Chica (Kathy Cano-Murillo), a self proclaimed lover of glitter, makes a valiant effort to try and win Ellen over. Very funny stuff.
That was absolutely hysterical and I would have missed it totally if it had not been for The Treasure Hunt. ~Anna-S
Now I’m not sure if Ellen and Kathy ended up seeing eye to eye on this matter, but I was happy to have least passed along some sparkly tips to Kathy and her canes.
Cindy – Thank you for the awesome glitter tips! I am going to try making canes with my clay, now I am all excited!! Thanks to you!! Hugs, Kathy :) ~Crafty Chica
As you can see, glitter certainly does stir up emotions. It seems to be one of those love hate things. In fact, there are certain readers here at the blog who would probably side with Ellen DeGeneres when it comes to glitter… which I am totally fine with by the way. Everyone is allowed to have an opinion here :)
Does anyone recall who amongst us, made the following rather passionate (and recent) remark?
This was also the cane that showed me how much I hate glitter in my clay!!! ~:-)
Please share your thoughts and opinions about glitter and bling in the comments section below.