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Make Your Own Unique Polymer Clay Jewellery

The latest trend in food, furniture and even clothing are moving back towards more natural products and that gives you all the more reason to create your own Polymer Clay necklace, bracelets, and even earrings. Once you get it down to a fine art you can make exclusive pieces to match your every outfit and searching gifts will be something of the past. Hand-made jewellery makes brilliant gifts, and you can style it to suit the birthday girl or a family member perfectly, well that also takes care of quite a few Christmas gifts. So, there is a method in the madness of having too much fun, as that is exactly what making your own jewellery with Polymer clay is all about.

Let’s Go Shopping for Supplies!

First, on the affordable list of things you’ll need is the Polymer clay available at most art shops in a variety of different colours, add a craft knife, oven tray, skewer, baking paper, and twine or letter, and the only other thing you require is a working oven.

Get Comfortable – You’ll Love Creating Your Very First Necklace

The first step is to cover your work surface with a piece of baking paper and then choose your favourite or planned colour as well as white Polymer clay. Start by cutting a few pieces of about half an inch in size of both the white and your selected colour. Put one of each aside and continue to cut the remaining pieces into smaller squares. The sizes should differ as that provides different shades of let’s say green or pink (depending on the colour you selected). By adding more white clay, the shade will be lighter, and with less white clay the colour will be darker. Blend the different size clay blocks together, one white one green for example and roll these into beads, continue rolling until the colours are seamlessly and completely mixed.

Once all colours are rolled into beads, cut each in half, and then flatten each of the halves by placing them between sheets of baking paper. It is easy to roll them with your finger or with a class. The aim is to create discs or about 3 mm and just short of a 1/8”. The flat end of the skewer can then be used to poke each of the disks through the centre, and the disks can then be transferred to the baking tray, while the oven and baking instructions provided on the packaging should be followed. While the disks are in the oven, you can measure and cut the desired length of leather or twine so that it is ready for when the disks are cooled down and ready to leave the oven.
Now that you have the knowledge you can play and try different things, like creating your own beads, and tons of other things.

Claire Heye’s Magpie Gallery Exhibition – “Clay Then and Now”

With a shop located in Arroy Seco, named Claireworks, most would know her work with fine jewelry, which might be her main focus, but back in the 1970s when Haye started out, she quickly made a name for herself with clay.

Clay Then and Now is her new showing at the Overland Ranch Compound, bringing back memories for those who knew her early work. However, with the extradentary designs and fine detail, even those who’ve never heard of her are bound to be inspired by the work. The exhibition took place on the 6th of Oct 2018 where she featured new pieces, all of which were created by clay. As described by the press release, her work is just as skillfully executed and whimsical as we’ve had the pleaser of seeing in the finer details she includes with metal.

Viewers Given A Glimpse into Artists Life

The Press release featured many other details about the artist, giving new viewers a history of the exciting works and where she began. It tells readers about the first ten years of her studio live, which were devoted to working with clay as she would roll out sheets of terra cotta and turn them into interesting, intricate sculptures, which was only some of her first work to get her noticed. Not long after, Haye became known as the queen when it came to construction with slabs, especially with the bigger, brighter and more complex designs, some of which stand as tall as 7’. Of course, this is a major achievement for the artist, especially when considering her work began with smaller items such as table tops.

With the creation of the larger sculptures, Haye found a world of new challenges, which doesn’t only relate to the work and creating these magnificent works of art, but also transporting them, especially the larger ceramics, which became one of her most popular categories. During the 1980s, many of her sculptures were acquired by both private and public collectors, including Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza who acquired some of her work and had it flown over to Paris by private jet.

Late in the 1980s, Haye decided to discover new opportunities and widen her abilities within the art world. She didn’t want to become known just for her work in clay but rather wanted to be known as an artist, including poetry, painting and sculptures of other materials. She found herself creating work that involved painting, creating sculptures from bronze and even a few other avenues of art.

From the work she’s done with bronze, Jim Wagner who’s an artist and fellow friend of Haye introduced her to the possibilities of jewellery. She also had the help of Kit Schuetze to get started within the industry.

As we all know by now, Haye went with the jewellery opportunity and actually started off with just pins of silver, which reflected a lot of her earlier work of whimsical figures. In 1997, she opened Claireworks, which remains her primary focus to this day.