Friday, July 10, 2009

polymer clay poppy bead

Red Poppy Focal Beads or Buttons
Polymer Clay and Fiber

I just listed these focal beads in my Etsy shop,

I've been playing with this design for awhile and very pleased with the results.

First of all, I am happy with the combination of polymer clay and fiber. Looks different, isn't it?

The other exciting thing about these beads is that they may be used in so many different ways in various designs. Bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings – anything! These beads would work as unique buttons as well. Imagine three or four of them in a row on something a hand-knitted or crocheted...

I made these beads with two parallel beading holes, about 1/8” apart. The beads may be used in multi-string designs, and their structure will prevent them from turning over when the finished piece is worn. In a single-string design, one of these beads would also work great used as a focal part. In this case, use only one beading hole. Because the hole is off-center, the bead will be perfectly balanced and stay on its right side when the necklace is worn.

Yet another possibility is to combine them with wire and chains.

polymer clay poppy necklace

Here are a few pictures explaining, step-by-step, how to make this necklace. You will need about 2” of 24ga wire, some jumprings, two red poppy jasper beads on headpins, a clasp, and about 20-21” of chain (the two dangling pieces of chain at the bottom of the necklace are about 2” and 2.5”, and the necklace itself is about 16” long).

red poppy polymer clay bead necklace  step by step


Nadiaher said...

magnifique création et merci pour le truc!

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Man Poppies are so popular these days! I have been toying around with a few designs myself. Love your take on it. The fiber is a nice touch!

Skye said...

Just thought you should know that there is a woman claiming this is HER necklace design and offering to sell more. Another artist has found 13 of her own photos and pieces being claimed by this woman. Here is the page where she has your photo claiming it's hers -

here is her fb page -

Eugena said...

Thank you, Skye!
I just wrote to this woman asking to remove my picture from her facebook page.
No shame...

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