Purse Charm, Spliced Cane, Lentil Beads, Kaleidoscope [Spotlight]

Polymer Clay Projects “Cindy, thought you might like to see it since this idea came from you!” ~Carolyn-F

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 Purse Charm by Carolyn Fiene

Hi, Cindy – I finally did it – joined some things into a purse charm. This type of clip can be clipped to most anything – a jeans pocket, a purse, whatever … and more charms can always be added. Thought you might like to see it since this idea came from you! ~Carolyn-F

Polymer Clay Spliced Flower Cane by Elizabeth Kerr

Hi Cindy, These beads were inspired by your Spliced Flower Cane Tutorial. Mine did not come out as clear as yours, but I was quite happy with them anyway. Thanks.

Polymer Clay Lentil Beads by Mary Grech

I don’t want to become a pest but I had to show you my first attempt at lentil beads. I custom blended the taupe color by adding parts of Premo neutral and red clays. When I blended them I didn’t have a clue as to what I was doing and all things considered, I really liked the final product. I decided to blend both that taupe and some more red and then make the lentils. You are absolutely right, it is a very good addiction! ~Mary-G

Polymer Clay Lentil Beads and Kaleidoscope Pendant by Mary Crech

You mentioned in a prior email about a 10% discuount if I purchased 6 or more back issues. I would like to purchase back Volumes 002, 004, 007, 009, 011, 014. It is blizzarding here in my home town and my office is closed! Nothing like a snow day to stir up the creative juices!!! Thanks for your help! I’ve attached pictures of more lentil beads I’ve made, as well as a necklace I made with them. I’ve also attached a pendant I made using the kaleidescope method! Thanks again.

If you are interested in sharing pictures of your polymer clay projects with the community, please follow these 2 simple steps:

1) Email your photos to me as attachments. My email address is shown in the “From” line of the weekly Polymer Clay Newsletter that gets sent out each and every Friday morning.

2) Include a description, being sure to reference the tutorial or blog article that provided inspiration for your work.

Then be sure to follow this blog on a regular basis to watch for when your feature shows up. This is a great way for everyone to get to know each other better.

In the comment section below, please do compliment each other; Offer encouragement; Ask questions about the techniques used; And in general… just be social. This is your community! It’s up to you to make it a fun and supportive place to hangout. All of you are amazing and it’s wonderful to have everyone here!

** Did You Know… Members with current subscriptions to the weekly tutorial videos are always entitled to a 10% discount when purchasing 6 or more back issue packages in a single transaction. If you are interested, let me know which back issues you would like and I will send further instructions on how to complete your order.

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  1. Lisa Whitham, 01 March, 2010

    Wow, fantastic work ladies..!! I really get inspired seeing beads/jewelry made by artists in our clay community.
    I love the idea of purse charms and soon I will atempt my own. I’ve made some neat beads with the Tribal Cane and I plan to use them to make my purse charm. Now I’ve just got to get busy piercing and baking… *grin*
    Thanks for posting these pictures Cindy, it’s great to see what people have done with your lessons!

    ~Lisa :)

  2. Melinda Herron, 01 March, 2010

    Pretty, pretty! Nice work ladies!!!

  3. Ritzs, 01 March, 2010

    i like the purse charm very pretty I also made one but i haven’t used it yet we in the U K are a bit behind or maybe i just haven’t seen any yet as i live out in the sticks, but i shall use it this summer or just hang it in my car

  4. Lupe Meter, 01 March, 2010

    Beautiful work ladies! Thanks for sharing their pictures with us Cindy.

  5. carolyn, 01 March, 2010

    Mary G – I love your lentils … so colorful. Did you plan the colors for the multi colored ones, or was this one of those happy dance moments? Whatever it was, they are striking! I’m glad Cindy posted your first as well as these later ones … really shows growth in your work. Good job!

    And Elizabeth K – Your yellow ‘buttons’ add such a nice touch. Cool idea!

  6. Hobokenmary, 09 March, 2010

    Hi there. The multi color lentils was a cane mistake. I was so frustrated that I just chopped up the cane. When I packed it together I was truly amazed at the final product. Sometime mistakes are good things!

  7. carolyn, 09 March, 2010

    @Hobokenmary: Mary, The result is truly stunning! What a great idea this would be for using those last bits and drabs of canes … or those ‘funky’ ends.

  8. aims, 01 March, 2010

    Ah Cindy! You must be so proud! You are a wonderful teacher! Look at all this fabulous work that would never have been done without your help!

    Well done to the artists and to the teacher!!

  9. DJ, 01 March, 2010

    I love this format…it’s great to be able to see more detail in each of the pieces. I always look forward to the personal touches added too, and how lessons are combined, like the tribal cane and heart on your purse charm Carolyn. It’s amazing how many unique combinations can be created with the same lessons. Thanks ladies for the inspiration, these are wonderful!

  10. Catalina, 01 March, 2010

    Very beautiful! I love the purse charms, Carolyn! Elizabeth, your beads have the Michigan colors! You could sell these to Michigan fans easy! Since I’m an Ohio State Buckeye fan, Mary, your beads remind me of Ohio State! Yes, I got sports on the brain!

  11. Elizabeth S., 01 March, 2010

    Beautiful, one and all!

  12. Phaedrakat, 01 March, 2010

    I love this! It’s so great to see member creations.

    Carolyn, I absolutely have to make some purse charms, yours is so gorgeous! I see you used your pretty dove stamp on it~ I’d forgotten about this idea; your beautiful example has reminded & inspired me. This is just the perfect thing to sell (I need to make something for my neice to sell to raise money for her trip!)

    Elizabeth & Mary, what beautiful beads you’ve both made! I especially like the cool shape of the top row beads, Elizabeth (I want to touch them so I can see from all sides!) And your lentils are all great, Mary, and so is the necklace you made with them. It’s fun to look at the first bead you made with a favorite technique, isn’t it? I put my first lentil (the first that came out right) on a pullchain for my lamp. I touch it every day! It’s beautifully sanded & buffed, but made w/the ugliest colors. I can’t not use it though — it’s my first!

  13. Peggy Barnes, 02 March, 2010

    Wonderfully done by all. Congratulations – You all must be so proud of the beautiful work you have done. I am jealous but in a good way not envious way. I hope that makes sense. Everyone here in this wonderful clay family has inspired me. Thanks go out to all of you, most of all Cindy and hubby for making all of this possible.
    Uuuuuuuggggggggggggggs to all, Peggy

  14. Elizabeth K., 02 March, 2010

    Hi Cindy and all,This is a great way to show our projects,
    gives us such a nice lot of things to look at just like the gallery I was getting at Cindy. You are way ahead of us.
    Mary, love your Lentil bead from your Kaleidoscope cane, I have not ventured to make anything as glamoruos as that yet.
    Love the colours in your other beads too.
    Carolyn, your Purse charm is so elegant the feathers set it off, wouldnt mind one of those.
    Phaedracat, and Carolyn, thanks for your comments on my work. I am so far away and sit here on my lonesome, and do this so it makes me feel closer to all of you when you know what I am doing and can have a feel for it.
    I was making ear rings from the spliced canes.
    Using a round bead made from the Spliced Cane, Flatten and elongate it at the top and twist the top with your thumb, once only and put your hole thru the twist part. Make sure you twist both the same way LOL or whatever, it could be done both ways I suppose. that would be opposites.
    Try it.
    Carolyn, I have some of those clasps, got them in an Auto shop,(who says the guys know everything) LOL as we were using them to grab a small sponge for painting once, but now they will have a different use here, thanks.
    I made so many book beads at Xmas for friends, with small beads as dangles for charms, you can see some on my blog, and even gave my 5 students one each
    Aims, you are so right ,amazing teacher produces amazing work.
    Peggy B, I understand ,not jealous, just in a good warm way as to seeing what is done here.Wish we all had more time in a day.
    Catalina, wow thats great ,maybe you can make some in your colours, I wont mind, Go Michigan!
    DJ yes it is a good format and the combinations of lessons work too once we get started.
    Ok Im away to see what pics I can put in next, it has inspired me.
    I loved the Inlay and I loved how my Bone pieces came out so you might get to see. Keep sending pics in as Cindy says.
    E XXX
    P.S. I typed this and lost it,(because I didnt fill in the requireds, Grr!) and did it again, so dont fall into that trap, thats how dedicated and enamoured of you all., I am, Bye

  15. Phaedrakat, 04 March, 2010

    @Elizabeth K.: Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for explaining how you made your lovely splice cane beads. I also want to commend you on your book beads, those are cool, too! Really cute! I’ve seen those little beads before, but I never fully appreciated them. Does that ever happen to you, where you see something several times and it finally clicks on the 3rd or 4th time? Anyway, that’s what happened to me. I am now in love with those little books. I am going to get the Back Issue Vol-018 so I can make those sweet Book Beads for all of the readers I know. Well, as soon as I’m able to get up and get claying again!

  16. Elizabeth K., 12 March, 2010

    Hi Phaedracat, sorry I have not answered you sooner. Just looking thru things tonight and saw your comments here. Hope you get to see my answer. yes I just love the Book Beads and cant stop making them , So easy yet so intricate looking as to how they are made.
    Yes you are right sometimes when I see somethig here it doesnt stand out as to me wanting to get to and do, but when I finally do it, am quite taken with it. It was like that with the Faux bone as they were not my colours, but when I actually did the tut, I loved it and now love that combination.
    I do hope you get back to claying real soon, but in the meantime there is all the comments and tuts here to keep you happy I’m sure. I hope you make some of those earings as I think they are just real cute.
    This week I was showing a group I teach, how I did that and they liked them too, so I guess there is some use for me after all LOL Just kidding.
    See you all here soon Love
    E .XXX

  17. Hobokenmary, 10 March, 2010

    Hi Carolyn, I look at it this way, the scrap pieces are just that scrap. Chop em up, blend them together and see what happens….worst scenario, you hate it. If you hate it, then save it and combine with more scraps and you keep trying till you get something that you can work with. You won’t know the end results until you try!

  18. Phaedrakat, 10 March, 2010

    @Hobokenmary: I sure do love how yours turned out! I have a cane I should do the same with. Let’s just say I couldn’t make it any worse…

  19. Jocelyn, 07 July, 2010

    Still love these “talisman/funky” tags or tails to add details to your purse, car mirror, or other stuff that sticks out and requires adornment. Have one with lentils and bluejay feathers that gets a workout on a bail chain for fan circulation. Never fails to be commented on, LOL.

  20. Phaedrakat, 08 July, 2010

    @Jocelyn: I love ’em, too! So cool and, as you say, funky! I’d love to see a picture of yours, Jocelyn! Sounds like the perfect thing for a fan pull! Do you have FB, or a photo-sharing site so we can see?

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