What is Polymer Clay Jewelry?
Polymer clay is, as the name implies, a pliable, blend able polymer compound for artists and crafters. It's not true clay - clay is fine particles of silicate suspended in water, whereas polymer clay is fine particles of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) suspended in plasticizer - but it can be used much like clay.
What makes polymer clay special is its versatility. It comes in dozens of colors, and you can blend clays together like paints to make your own colors. Since the color is inherent in the particles, you can also work two or more colors together without blending them, if you prefer, for special effects such as cane working and marbling. The clay's pliability and ductility let you use techniques from glasswork, textile arts, and sculpture. And polymer clay doesn't dry out, so you can sculpt and form it without worrying about a time limit.
Firing - the process that fuses the particles into a solid - requires only low temperatures, low enough to use a home oven as your kiln. The colors and size are not changed during firing. When fired, the clay gets hard enough to make durable objects, and can be finished in various ways to obtain textures from glassy to stone like.
You can cover anything (as long as it won't melt or burn at the low firing temperatures) with a veneer of polymer clay: wooden boxes, picture frames, mirrors, tableware. One popular application is jewelry: polymer clay can be used to make beads, pendants, bracelets, and neckpieces. Small sculptures and buttons are other possibilities. Clay artists have developed techniques to give polymer clay the appearance of granite, jade, amber, coral, turquoise, and ivory, and its flexibility means you can make pieces in shapes and sizes that wouldn't be possible using actual stone.
(Because the plasticizer in polymer clay may leach out even after it's fired, polymer clay is not suitable for objects in direct contact with food.)
What is Paper Bead Jewelry?
I create beautiful one of a kind, handcrafted paper beads which I then design unique jewelry. All my designs are one of a kind, so if you see it and want it, get it now. Every woman deserves something no one else has. I have a passion for the arts and for design and I let that shine in my jewelry creations. Many of my designs are made with recycled paper and vintage accents making my Eco Friendly. Custom orders are accepted. My creations are eye-catching, unique and sure to have others asking you about them.
I am adding new designs weekly on my web site so check back frequently.
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