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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Jewelry Clay Rose Multistrand Bracelet

We are in the middle of moving. Before I packed up my beads, I had to see if a couple of ideas that kept returning to my thoughts would work. I have been fascinated by clay beads and wanted to make some. A while ago I saw jewelry clay at Hobby Lobby and picked up a few colors. Initially I wanted to make beads, but a new idea started taking form and would not let me rest. I wanted to make a multistrand barecelet with a clay rose on top. But I wanted the strands to be seperated and not tangled. The more I though about the more clear it became what I needed to do. Let me warn you, this was my first attempt at clay jewelry. I was happy with the results, and I hope you either will be inspired to try something new or at least get a good laugh (which is likely to happen if you are a genius with clay) . I used Pardo jewelry clay,


 it comes in small balls, which are easy to warm up and make pliable enough to work with. For this flower I used silver color. Just work a ball between your palms to warm, soften and condition the clay.
1. Just took a piece, about the size of a pea and flattened it to make a petal.
2. To make the middle of the rose, I started to roll up the petal.
3. All rolled up.
4. Now go back to #1 and make another petal, wrap it around your small rose bud and keep doing that until you get to the size you want.

This is how it will look from the side, but you need to make that stem go away. Just use sharp scissors to cut it off, making sure that you do not squish your delicate rose in the process!
Next I made a small bar from clay, making sure that it was almost as long as the rose. I poked holes in it with a needle or toothpick. Make sure you check the other side too, I needed to enlarge the holes a bit there.
Then, gently press it under the flower and bake it in the oven according to the directions on the package.

I grabbed some stretchy jewelry cord and started stringing beads.
I taped down one end of the cord, strung enough beads to cover half of my wrist, put the cord through a hole in the flower and started stringing beads on the other side.  When I was done, I tied an overhand knot, put a dab of super glue on the knot and tied another on top of it. Once the glue dried, I cut off the extra cord. Once in a while I met a stubborn hole, nothing a needle could not solve.
All done!






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