Christi Friesen

Polymer Clay Jewelry: Learn 10 Beads & Charms

Christi Friesen
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Christi welcomes you to this exciting workshop on creating beads and charms with polymer clay.
Learn about Christi, her artistic inspirations, and her love of polymer clay and mixed media.
Learn the basics for getting started with polymer clay, plus some fun extra tools to try!
Learn how to condition, blend, and store your clay.
Wadding, squashing, flattening, ripping, tearing, stacking! Believe it or not, that's exactly how you wind up with an amazing marbled bead. Watch as Christi shows you all the best tricks for creating breathtaking swirled patterns. Embrace the chaos, or guide the patterns into a more controlled look.
Making a cane allows your patterns to be more precise, intricate, and uniform than those produced by marbling.
Meaning "wood grain metal," traditional mokumé gané is a technique used by master metalsmiths in 16th- and 17th-century Japan for sword-making. The stunning patterns produced by this method have inspired polymer clay artists to adapt the technique to a new medium. Get ready to expose beautiful patterns by cutting away stacked layers of clay!
There is so much you can do with foils and metal leaf! Foils come in a rainbow of colors. Metal leaf is golden in color, but not real gold. Both embellishments crackle easily, making for an exciting look.
Bring on the 24-karat gold leaf to do some fancy sgraffito work! Real gold leaf works better than imitation for this technique, and it elevates your work to a more serious level. You'll also embellish your beads with Swarovski crystals for some extra shine.
For this fun technique, you'll be playing with Sculpey UltraLight, a type of polymer clay that is, well, ultralight. This porous product carves nicely once baked and it absorbs color well. Christi shows you how to take advantage of both of these features to make these beautiful gems.
"Totally tubular" describes these beads perfectly, both literally and figuratively! This unique method has all kinds of adaptations, as you'll see in this lesson.
Beads embellished with even more beads or glass rhinestone crystals? Oh, yes! Armed with Christi's tips, you're well on your way to creating these flamboyant beauties.
Two-part mold-making material gives you the power to garnish your clay beads and charms with adornments from your own molds! Christi is a fountain of information on the possibilities that await you.
Last but certainly not least, these leaf charms give you ample opportunity to experiment with sculpting, texturing, and shading. Sculptural clay is a huge world in itself, so this project will give you just a taste.
Bake your beauties to perfection with Christi's guidance!
Once your clay is baked, you may wish to apply after-effects. Christi goes over glaze options.
Add head pins and other findings to turn your pieces into jewelry.
Christi's design tour will pump pure creativity through your veins! Follow Christi as she shows you how you can combine techniques to come up with fabulous creations.
 
 
18 Lessons
2  hrs 22  mins

In this class from our partners at Interweave, Christi Friesen gives you 10 reasons to love polymer clay for making beads and charms! From intricate marbling and cane-making to sparkly surface effects and more, Christi takes you through 10 totally unique and creative techniques for amazing jewelry. Embellish your clay pieces with mica powders, gold leaf, foils and Swarovski crystals. Experiment with molds and carving. Before you’re done, you’ll know exactly how to bake your pieces, apply after-effects and add findings to create jewelry that’s purely you.

Christi Friesen

Christi Friesen is an award-winning artist specializing in polymer embellished with multimedia: gems, pearls, beads, fiber, found objects, artifacts, metal and more. Her work expresses joy and exuberance, and her themes center on the natural and the organic. Her work has been showcased in numerous books and magazines as well as in juried shows, exhibits, and competitions. In addition to writing 11 how-to books on creating with polymer clay, Christi hosts an online Creative Neighborhood and has a product line of tools, supplies, and materials.

Christi Friesen

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