Tribal Cane, Faux Bone and Poppy Beads for your Purse

Polymer Clay Faux Bone Faces by Lisa WhithamSpotlight: “I love how my molded faces came out and the tube beads are neat.” ~Lisa-W

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Polymer Clay Purse Charm Project by Lisa Whitham Hiya Cindy,I made a purse charm and I am forwarding a photo of it along with photos of the beads I used to make it. I’m totally nuts over the Tribal Beads, the Faux Bone Technique and Poppy Beads. I also used what you called “Arizona¬† Beads” – the ones you showed us made with the cut off ends of the Tribal Cane…I had so much fun making the Tribal Cane, I had to have my laptop next to me, playing, starting, and stopping the video – but I am extremely pleased with the results! You are one heck of a teacher Cindy, and I thank you for everything I learn from you!! And I learn a lot!!!The Faux Bone was simple to make and fun to use. I love how my molded faces came out and the tube beads are neat. I antiqued them using brown acrylic craft paint and sealed them with PYM II. I just made a double sized faux bone cane – and I actually used Premo. I’m not just a Kato girl anymore… *lol* I plan on making a bunch more tube beads in the next couple of days.

The Poppy Beads were a bit of a challenge for me because I didn’t have the proper equipment. So what I used was the 5 in 1 Sculpey tool and the end of a click pen. The ball on the end of my Sculpey tool is very small, but happily it worked for making the outer shell of the bead. Then I rolled a small ball of black and used the small end of the pen to push in and attach the black clay to the inside of the bead. It’s almost as fun to figure out what you can use to work with your clay as it is to actually play with the clay! Occasionally it can be frustrating too…

So thank you Cindy, for teaching me all these techniques and inspiring me so I could make my Purse Charm!!! I just love it..!!

Now happily, I’m off to watch today’s video and learn something new and cool. *big grin* Your grateful student.

~Lisa-W

P.S. Oh, I forgot to mention that I made my own copper headpins too and I used one on the Purse Charm on the Poppy Bead. Is there an easy way to get the black off the headpins? I sanded lightly with some 1000 grit sandpaper, but I was wondering if there is a better way?



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  1. Peggy Barnes, 23 April, 2010

    Oh Lisa Great job, I love your purse charm. I just got some new face molds and now I am so eager to use them. Your beads are so nice. You put a lot of different elements into your charm that just go so well together. Congratulations and Hats off to the wonderful art work you have shared with us.
    Thanks and Uuuuuuuuggs, Peggy

  2. Freda K, 23 April, 2010

    What an attractive purse charm. The pieces you put in it fit together so nicely. You are an excellent cane maker. I think that is a hard cane to put together and look so good. I have a face mold and haven’t used it for a long time but I think I’ll get it out again after seeing how good yours turned out.

  3. Ritzs, 23 April, 2010

    I love your purse charm as well Lisa it reminds me of the old indian films,great job done.

  4. Melinda Herron, 23 April, 2010

    very pretty stuff

  5. Koolbraider, 23 April, 2010

    Somehow, the faux ivory faces seem extremely peaceful. Maybe it’s the aged look of ivory? Your purse charm is a work of art.

  6. pollyanna, 23 April, 2010

    Lisa, I love what you did with the tribal beads. It’s getting my thought processes going. Great job!
    Andrea

  7. Loretta, 23 April, 2010

    Great job, Lisa. I love your face charms.

  8. Brenda, 23 April, 2010

    Cute, Cute,Cute!!! I can’t wait until these kids go home…….

  9. Jeanie H, 23 April, 2010

    Lisa, love your work! unique and cute. You are very talented!

  10. Lisa Whitham, 23 April, 2010

    Thank you all for your kind words..!! Our clay community is so inspiring – thanks for getting us all together Cindy. I had so much fun making the canes, making the beads, and making the purse charm.

    @Peggy B and Freda K, get going with those face molds..! They are so simple, yet come out just beautifully… I’ve done some in the faux jade too. I haven’t baked them yet, so I don’t know how they look finished. I’ve almost got my bead racks full, so I’ll know pretty soon. ;)

    Thanks again everyone!
    ~Lisa :)

  11. Cara, 23 April, 2010

    It’s great. i haven’t tried that faux bone yet but am inspired to give it a try .

  12. Lupe Meter, 23 April, 2010

    Love what you did with the tribal cane…that is the next one that I would like to do. Impressed that you made you own copper head pins…awesome!

  13. Lisa Whitham, 23 April, 2010

    @Lupe Meter: Thanks Lupe!! The headpins were easy to make. Just hold your wire in the flame of the torch until they make a little ball at the end and ta-da you’ve got a headpin any size you want..!!

    ~Lisa :)

  14. Cheryl Hodges, 23 April, 2010

    Lisa your beads and charms are beauties! The faux bone faces do look very peaceful – I have face molds too but haven’t tried it out. Now you’ve inspired me. I love the tribal canes too – it all goes together very well –
    Great poppy beads too. Very well done.
    How did you attach the feathers?
    .

  15. Lisa Whitham, 23 April, 2010

    @Cheryl Hodges: Thanks for your nice comments..!! I used the wrapped wire coil with the loop at the top… We learned it in Back Issue 18.

    ~Lisa

  16. Lisa Whitham, 23 April, 2010

    @Cheryl Hodges: My mistake, we did not learn that technique in Vol. 18… I think Cindy showed us how to make it, I just don’t know which lesson. I have a terrible memory.And I don’t know the name of the finding… You make a coil of wire then at one end you pull up a loop, stuff the feathers in the other end and crimp. It’s the same end you would use on a necklace made with cord. Hope that helps…

    ~Lisa :)

  17. Linda K., 23 April, 2010

    Very nice, Lisa! I love how you combined all those elements. I bet you get tons of compliments when you’re out and about with your purse.

  18. Linda B., 23 April, 2010

    Lisa – Your purse charms are great. I just love what you did with the faux bone and the face molds. I have one however haven’t used it yet. I thought I might try it with the faux jade. I really like the faux bone. The tribal beads are awsome and the poppy flowers are fabulous. I’m a true “flower child”!!!!!
    You did a great job…

    Linda B
    Kansas City, MO

  19. Phaedrakat, 24 April, 2010

    Lisa, Gorgeous! I have some face molds — I can see that I am missing out by not using faux bone in them. I have also been thinking about using the faces with jade (great minds…?) Your charm is so cool! I’ve been wanting to make one for some time (I think since Carolyn F. showed her version of a purse charm,) but I’ve been laid up. All of these awesome spotlights are making me so jealous. But oh, so very inspired, as well!

    All of your work looks lovely, excellent quality! Thanks for showing us, and congrat’s on figuring out an alternate tool, how to do headpins, etc. Not only does Cindy teach us awesome things, she inspires us to do all kinds of other cool things, also. Well, it helps that you’re a cool, creative chick to begin with! ;~D BTW, were you talking about the wire cord ends as to what you used for the feathers? If so they were in Vol. 19, if anyone wants to know…

  20. Lisa Whitham, 24 April, 2010

    @Phaedrakat:Thank you for your wonderful comments..!
    Yes, the wire cord ends are exactly what I used for holding the feathers. Thanks for reminding us what vol. that back issue is.
    I’ll let you know how my jade faces come out after baking…
    Hope you feel well enough to clay soon!

    ~Lisa :)

  21. Lawrence, 24 April, 2010

    I just love your purse charms and something similar could be used by a guy on his golf bag, computer case or back pack. The colour you got for your faux bone is so realistic and now I have to get to work making some face molds.

  22. Pam H, 03 May, 2010

    Lisa – i think your purse charm is fantastic. here in the uk they would be a new phenomenon. i particularly like the tribal heads and their charming calming properties. Pam H

  23. Jocelyn, 18 July, 2010

    Just finished a few more of these, subtle, smaller, with more blue jay feathers. Hey, how come cardinals never lose their feathers?

    Using these on my next trip to make my new navy suitcase set stand out from the rest in the airport.

    Love the work shown, those bone faces are incredible. When I use a face mold, I make several, then use toothpicks or whatever on hand to slightly modify the expressions. Just tweaking eyebrows, eye shape, lips, and adding a few age creases can make for quite an interesting afternoon.

  24. Freda K, 18 July, 2010

    @Jocelyn: Hope it stays intact on your suitcase. That’s a good idea. So many suitcases look the same.

  25. Jocelyn, 19 July, 2010

    @Freda K: Thanks, Freda. Making them with copper wire and will used that to attach them in a super duper messy wrap on each so that if someone wants them, they’ll need bolt cutters, LOL!

  26. Tanya L, 19 July, 2010

    @Lisa Whitham: Lisa, great job! Your pc work is amazing and I LOVE the use of the feathers! Another item to try added to my list! Thank you for sharing!

    @Jocelyn: Jocelyn – I wish too I could find some cardinal feathers. Got the birds every where, which I love! They’re my absolute favorite bird. My son just brought our camera in and showed me the pic he took of a baby cardinal in the rose of sharon bush aside of our porch (it’s pretty ugly! LOL). They’re my “good luck bird”. Anytime I’d be praying and I’d see one I knew God was sending me a sign. Now I put out a feeder and they’re all over the place all the time.

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