Making jewelry with rainbow beads, shaped like tiny little pillows… for the hippie in you:
My parents were young adults during the hippie era when colorful beads were such a big part of American culture. This influence is probably what fueled my love of bead making… especially when it comes to rainbow jewellery designs.
Now that I have “grown-up” to become a polymer clay artist, I take pride in being able to make rainbow beads to suit whatever beading project I may be working on.
The multicolored polymer clay pillow bead in the above photo was made using a cane technique that can be done with a tool called an extruder or clay extrusion gun. If you are a beginner thinking that this cane design looks complicated, there’s no need to worry. The polymer clay extruder tool makes the process very simple.
A square extruder die is placed into the clay gun which allows you to squeeze out long ‘snakes’ of clay in each of the colors of the rainbow. The logs are then cut and stacked to create a block cane which closely resembles a quilt pattern.
Two thick slices are cut from this rainbow clay cane and ‘stuffed’ with scrap clay before they are smoothed and molded into the pillow bead shape.
What I love about this particular Fimo cane design is it’s versatility. If you cut the cane into 4 lengths and stack them, you can create several different kaleidoscope canes and/or quilt canes.
Layering the colored blocks with white instead of black, gives the cane a completely new look. Plus, if you squash it from one corner edge down to the opposite corner edge, you will end up making what’s called a Monet Cane. Of course this explanation and set of instructions would be much easier to follow in a video format… which by the way is coming soon.
Other jewelry bead shapes besides the pillow bead can be made using a rainbow color palette. Click here for a photo and article about… making polymer jewelry using handmade round beads and clay cane slices.
I hope today’s article got you excited about rainbow jewelry pillow beads. Using a simple extruded polymer clay cane technique, they are very fun to make… especially when you can say with pride, “I did this!”