Polymer Clay Buttons, Faux Malachite Beads, Lace Hearts [SPOTLIGHT]

Polymer Clay Projects“I need help with my malachite beads… not sure what to put them with… searching for suggestions.” ~Anna-S

Every week I receive fabulous photos of polymer clay projects from you guys, based on techniques learned from the tutorials and information posted here at the site. I absolutely LOVE receiving them! Here are a few the recent submissions…

Polymer Clay Buttons by Joan Deichert

Cindy, Your polymer clay fundamentals course was well worth the price. I got some good ideas… like the saran wrap for making beveled edges. This improved my polymer clay buttons immensely! I loved the bonus videos. And I also liked you’re info on mixing colors. Very interesting how different brands mix differently. I’m always trying to think of new ideas, no matter what materials. I found these really striking fabrics and I wanted a way to make them look different from other pillows. Here’s some photos of my work. Thanks.

Faux Malachite by Anna Sabiba

I need  help with my malachite beads. I am not sure what to put them with. These beads are definitely a greenish aqua, not turquoise or blue. I know silver would look good but I am searching for other suggestions.

Polymer Clay Lace and Ink Hearts by Laurel Beilic

Hey Cindy: Here are three of several pendants I did with the lace technique from your Vol-020-3 video tutorial. The pink one was the lace technique as you taught it. The other two are made by laying the lace on the clay, then brushing on pearl powder. I like them both a lot. Thanks for teaching us another great technique.

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  1. Freda K, 05 March, 2010

    Love the pillows Joan. So different than you usually see.
    Anna, I would use black with the malachite.
    Laura, I think the lace pieces are gorgeous, very classy.

  2. carolyn, 05 March, 2010

    Such beautiful work! What a wonderful showcase. How timely with the buttons since we’ll be working on them this month.

    Malachite is one of my favorites. I usually set malachite in silver, but I am more of a gold person so for myself I use gold. Malachite would be great with copper also since there is a chemical relationship between them. In other words … anything goes with malachite … and combining it with pearls to pick up the whites, or onyx to pick up the blacks … well, you get the idea.

    These lace hearts are great. My lace came out rather blah, but these are stunning! I’ll have to go back and try again. You have inspired me!

  3. Silverleaf, 05 March, 2010

    Awesome work guys! Love it. :)

    I’d like to add another malachite suggestion – as I like bright colours I’d be tempted to use a dark rich purple, or even a mid pink. Or some simple round black beads rolled in black glitter (very subtle but cool effect which would highlight the greens in your beads).

  4. Anna Sabina, 05 March, 2010

    Way cool to see my malachite beads. I appreciate the suggestions. I will have to try a few suggestion and send the to Cindy.
    I love the pillows and buttons. Great combintion.

    Lace technique came aout real pretty.


  5. Ritzs, 05 March, 2010

    I have made lots of cushion’s in the past Anna with lot of frills and bows but yours are so nice and fresh looking. I love your malachite i have not tried doing the lace yet and now i have seen yours i must get my finger out and do something about it

  6. Lisa Whitham, 05 March, 2010

    Pretty, pretty, and pretty… I love ’em all. Great work all 3 of you!

    ~Lisa :)

  7. Peggy Barnes, 05 March, 2010

    I agree with all the rest of the gang, great work and way to go. All of you have inspired me. I hope working with clay is like riding a bike because I think it has been over a month now since I have been able to work on my clay. I’m going through some serious clay withdrawal. Uuuuuuuugggggggggggs, (The painless hug) Peggy

  8. Phaedrakat, 05 March, 2010

    Gorgeous work all of you! So beautiful!

    Joan, your pillows are so clean & crisp-looking — they look very “expensive”; the buttons you used on them are perfect, and really make them special!

    Anna, your Malachite beads are fantastic! I don’t have any advice that hasn’t already been given, though. I think just about every color of wire has been mentioned! Everyone has different taste! I think if it were me, I would favor copper or black/darkened wire.

    Laurel, your hearts are lovely! I like how you made each one different. They look so pretty all lined up together like that. I tried to pick a favorite, but couldn’t — they all have favorite parts I love!

  9. Helen Sperring (honeyclay), 05 March, 2010

    Joan, you sure did what you were trying to do. Those pillows are just stunning, and quite different. I love them. Anna, I love your malachite beads. Laurel, I love the lace technique hearts. The first one reminds me of leather. Thats my favorite. I better stop working on scrap clay and try some of these techniques. Great work!!!! Honey

  10. Cheryl Hodges, 06 March, 2010

    Joan I simply love those pillows -very modern neat look. Love the colors too. Anna, I think your malachite is wonderful – i would go with black – onyx?? I made a necklace with malachite chips and used little gold beads but the black in them was not so prominent . I think black would look good. Laurel, I love youre hearts and the way you have strung them – the little dangle on the red one and I like the lace effect on the gold heart.

  11. Linda K., 09 March, 2010

    Joan, those pillows look fabulous with your beads. I just love the colors and designs that you’ve mixed together.

    Anna, I love your faux malachite beads–you’ve inspired me to make a faux malachite necklace to wear to a party next week on St. Patrick’s Day…yikes, I’m running out of time!

    Laurel, you did a great job with the lace hearts. That’s terrific how you took Cindy’s technique one step further. It was a huge success.

  12. Sue F, 09 March, 2010

    Awesome pillows, Joan! :D

  13. Laurel, 09 March, 2010

    Hey thanks all. The lace was fun to do. I am actually going to go teach a class using this technique and another one with foil that I learned from Lisa Pavelka up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I am excited.

    Joan and Anna: Very cool stuff! I love what you both did.

  14. Linda Pardee, 12 March, 2010

    Cindy, Wanted to let you know that your polymer clay beginners course is wonderful, I’ve learned so much from it. It was a great help and gave me the courage to make my very first cane last week. As I have looked at other peoples work and thought I couldn’t do that your course taught me that I could do it. The videos are a good length and very well done. Thanks so much! LindaKay

  15. Cindy Lietz, 12 March, 2010

    @Linda Pardee: Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about the course. I really appreciate it. Can’t wait to see some pictures of your work in an upcoming spotlight feature.

    @Everyone: Thanks for being such a tremendous support to each other. You guys are absolutely wonderful!

  16. Jocelyn, 12 July, 2010

    Anna, those malachite beads are stunning, and I think using copper findings, slightly aged a dark browner green would be a good combination. Also the reddish copper complements the green tones, so I think they’d make your work pop.

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