Fall Tone Beads



Originally posted November 11, 2012polymer clay swirl beads


The night before the election I hid from the political phone calls with an obsessive evening of Pinterest browsing.  I was inspired to try a couple of techniques I found on this site:


Desiree has some really beautiful polymer clay work on her site, including some very well done how-to articles.  I just had to experiment with her Casablanca Bead technique, and her Swirl Beads, and I had been wanting to play with fall tone metallic colors.

polymer clay casablanca beads


Casablanca beads.  It will take some practice to get them as stunning as the ones on Desiree’s site.  I’ll sand a couple of these again, and re-buff them.  Amazing how photographing can point out little flaws!

polymer clay swirl beads in autumn leaf tones


A string of swirl beads.  I know there is nothing “All Natural” about polymer clay, but I have loved working with it since I discovered it in the early ’90’s.  Some people paint to get their color fix.  I use polymer clay. There is something about creating with color that fills our need to imitate the  best of what we see in nature.

polymer clay bead watercolor technique


This is a technique I first learned at the Ravensdale Polymer Clay Conference years ago in a class taught by Maggie Maggio who pioneered the technique.  It’s usually referred to as “watercolor” and is generally done using less bold colors or even pastels.   I’m happy with these fall tones done this way, though.  The metallic clay makes a glow and depth that is a lovely contrast with the black and matte green.

polymer clay watercolor beadpolymer clay beads watercolor technique


It’s been too cold to be doing grout or tilework outside, and a sinus infection is telling me to stop with the sanding for a few days.  I’ll wear a coat and a better dust mask, and be back at it soon!  In the meantime, I plan to finish the rest of these Fall Tone Beads and string some of them with copper components and wirework.

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