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Candy Striped Beads with Bead Rollers

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Designed by Linda Peterson

Materials:
AMACO® Friendly Plastic® Pellets
AMACO® Friendly Plastic® 1 1/2″ x 7″ Stick–White
AMACO® Bead Roller of choice (Set 6, large oval bead roller used)
Pink mica powder (or color of choice)
Alcohol ink–wild plum (or color of choice)
2 bead caps
20 gauge non-tarnish silver wire
Electric skillet 
Needle Tool (or something to lift mat out of water)
Non-Stick cookie mat
Baby Oil
Scissors
Bowl of cold water
Towel
Toothpick
Petroleum jelly

Hint: Coat hands with baby oil to prevent plastic from sticking.

Step 1
Set electric skillet between the warm and simmer setting. Water should be warm enough to soften plastic but not too hot for your fingers.

Step 2
Mixing colors into pellets: Place pellets on non-stick mat and soften until they are clear. Add mica powder to pellets. Peel plastic from mat and work powder into plastic. Place plastic in water to soften again if necessary. Heat another batch of pellets and add two drops of alcohol ink. Work in.  

Step 3
Place both colors and strip of white Friendly Plastic® into hot water to soften.

 

 

 

 

Step 4
Remove from water and stretch each color making a thin strip. Allow too cool slightly and cut random shaped pieces of each color with scissors.

 

 

 

Step 5
Float non-stick mat on water–apply colored pieces as desired. Press into water to soften.

 

 

 

 

Step 6
Once softened, use needle tool to lift out of water. Allow water to drip off. Peel off plastic.

 

 

 

 

Step 7

Roll plastic into a ball and then into a log. Twist to create swirl pattern.

 

 

 

 

Step 8
If necessary, drop plastic to soften back into water. Roll into a log approximately 1″ long and 1/2″ diameter. Cut plastic to a large marble size (use technique in video to measure appropriate amount).

 

 

 

Step 9
Roll plastic into a ball and place into bead roller. Gently place on lid.  Apply light pressure as you roll the lid back and forth to form the bead. If you have too much plastic, it will ooze out the side–simply take some away. If you have too little plastic, it will not complete the shape. Add additional plastic.

Step 10
As the bead forms and takes shape, you can gently increase pressure to complete the bead rolling process.

Step 11
Drop finished bead into cold water for approximately 5 seconds to harden outside layer of plastic. 

 

 

 

 

Step 12
Coat toothpick with petroleum jelly. Gently drill through bead until it pokes out the other side. Any excess plastic can simply be trimmed away with scissors.

Tip: If you happen to distort your bead, simply apply heat with a heat gun to that area and gently reshape.  

Step 13
When finished drop in ice water to cool. Apply clear casting resin to seal and give it a shiny appearance. Allow to cure completely.

Step 14
Finishing: Thread wire through hole, leaving 3″ extending. Add bead cap to the top. Create a loop. Coil remaining wire. Repeat this for opposite end, adding a bead cap, loop and zig zag or coil if desired. Add pendant to chain or other stringing material of choice.

Bead Making With Friendly Plastic® and AMACO® Bead Rollers

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

By Myléne Hillam

Craft Project - Bead Making with Friendly Plastic® and AMACO® Bead Rollers

Craft Project - Bead Making with Friendly Plastic® and AMACO® Bead Rollers

Materials

AMACO® Friendly Plastic® Designer Sticks in the colors of your choice
AMACO® Bead Roller – Tri-Bead Roller was used in this project
AMACO® Work Mat
AMACO® Needle tool
Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors
Ruler
Cooking oil
Paper towel
Heat gun
Water and a small bowl
Long Pins
Resin
Foam block
Disposable paint brush

Step 1
Place the paper towel over the mouth of the bottle of cooking oil and allow it to absorb a little oil. Wipe this all over the inner surface of both halves of the bead roller so that there is a very thin coating. Take care not to apply too much oil or the beads will slide – too little and they might stick.

Step 2
Using the ruler and needle tool, measure the required length (according to your bead roller) and cut a line across the width of the Friendly Plastic® then cut with scissors. You will need to play around with this a little until you work out the correct amount for your bead roller. For the Tri-Bead Roller used in this project, the width required is 13mm (a fraction more than ½ inch).

Step 3
Sprinkle a few drops of water on the rubber mat and place the Friendly Plastic® strip on it (the water will prevent the Friendly Plastic® from sticking to the mat). Soften with the heat gun. If you are using one of the red or blue backed sticks, you will notice the plastic becomes translucent when it is ready. The pink, black and white backed sticks will take a little longer to soften. Take care not to overheat or the Friendly Plastic® will be too sticky to handle.

Photo of Step 4 - AMACO Bead Making

Step 4
Gently lift the softened plastic from the mat using the needle tool to help release the edge. Doing this with moistened fingers will prevent the Friendly Plastic® from sticking to you. Begin rolling from one end until the strip is rolled into a cylinder and then place it on the mat in the water. Gently roll back and forth to smooth the seam.

Step 5
Pick the roll up again and using the index finger and thumb, gently squeeze the ends while turning the roll with your other hand until you compress it into a squat cylinder. Form the cylinder into a ball in the palms of your hands. You will feel the heat leave the ball as you roll and once it is no longer hot it is ready for rolling.

Place the ball in the bead roller and lock the top half in place. Using very light pressure, slowly roll back and forth. As the bead begins to take on the shape of the roller you can apply more pressure. If you find the bead has cooled too much to roll, place it back on the mat (in the water) and give it another short burst of heat on all sides before trying again.

Remove the bead from the roller and drop into the bowl of water so the outside of the bead cools quickly and retains its shape. Remove the bead after a few seconds and use the needle tool to pierce the bead.

Step 6
Optional step – For more durable beads, coat the beads with resin.
Mix the resin according to the package instructions. Place each bead on a pin and paint with a thin layer of resin. A thin coat will reduce the risk of drips forming which would permanently secure the bead to the pin shaft. Stand the pins in the foam for support until the resin cures. Check the beads for drips periodically and wipe them away with paper towel. Apply a second coat if desired.

Shown here is a completed necklace with findings using the beads made in this project.

Other jewelry pieces by Mylene Hillam:

"Sweethearts" by Mylene Hillam - Co-Winner Best Design Jewelry Set, AMACO Friendly Plastic Open Design Challenge for CHA 2009-Anaheim

"Sweethearts" by Mylene Hillam - Co-Winner Best Design Jewelry Set, AMACO Friendly Plastic Open Design Challenge for CHA 2009-Anaheim

Venetian Jewels

Venetian Jewels

Jewel of the Sea

Jewel of the Sea

Ribbon Swirls

Ribbon Swirls

Summer Sky Earrings

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
Craft Project - Summer Sky Earrings

Craft Project - Summer Sky Earrings

By Lisa Galvin, CCD, CPD

Materials

FIMO® Soft, 1 oz. block each of: White (#0), Metallic Blue (#302)
Two 2″ Silver Plated Eye Pins
Two 2″ Silver Plated Head Pins
Six Silver Seed Beads
Two Silver Earring Hooks
AMACO® Tri-Bead Roller™
AMACO® Professional Bead Baking Rack with Piercing Pins
AMACO® Poly Roller Clear Acrylic Clay Roller
AMACO® Pasta Machine
Cutting Blade (found in AMACO® Bead Making Tool set)
AMACO® Clay Shaper #6
Home Oven or Dedicated Toaster Oven
Oven Thermometer
Round Nose Jewelry Pliers
Wire Cutters
8½” x 11″ Sheet White Cardstock (or freezer paper)
Masking Tape

Tips:

For beads of uniform size every time, use disk found in package with roller to measure, then cut clay size needed.

Clay Shaper may be used to push clay out of measuring disk.

Place measured clay pieces one at a time into Tri-Bead Roller; sliding side to side until bead shape is formed.

When two or more clay colors are used together, clay will swirl and create other interesting patterns when rolled through the bead roller. It’s a surprise every time and fun to see what happens!

Step 1
Preheat home oven (or dedicated toaster oven) to 265°F. Cover work surface with cardstock; taping edges to hold in place. Beginning with White, knead clay to condition. With a quarter size ball of Metallic Blue, make a 3/8″ diameter rope by rolling on a covered work surface with open palms.

Step 2
Use AMACO® pasta machine set on #5 setting to roll a thin sheet of both clay colors (approximately 3″ x 3″ square). Stack White sheet on top of Metallic Blue and cut to make edges even (see Fig. 1). Make a jelly roll (see Fig. 2). Roll jelly roll to make a 3/8″ diameter rope. Cut rope in half, place halves side by side, press lightly together to join, then roll to reduce to a 3/8″ diameter rope once again.

Step 3
Follow directions included with AMACO® Tri-Bead Roller to measure clay size needed to create beads. The Clay Shaper may be used to push clay out of measuring disk (see Fig. 3). You will need two Metallic Blue bi-cone beads and two round beads that are made from the jelly roll blend of both colors. Jelly roll colors will swirl nicely in bead roller; creating a “sky like” appearance (see Fig. 4). Before removing beads from roller, insert piercing pin (or toothpick) through ends and place onto AMACO® Bead Baking Rack (see Fig. 5).

Step 4
Bake beads in preheated oven for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on rack.

Step 5
To assemble earrings, first slide a silver seed bead onto eye pin followed by Metallic Blue bicone bead and another silver seed bead. Use jewelry pliers to bend a loop just above last seed bead, slide earring wire onto loop, then wrap wire twice; going around base of loop and top of bead (see Fig. 6). Cut excess wire.

Step 6
Insert a head pin through round (swirled) bead. Slide silver seed bead onto pin and then use round nose jewelry pliers to bend a loop just above seed bead. Cut excess wire with wire cutters. Attach to bottom of bicone bead by sliding looped end through eye pin. Close loop.

Summer Sky Earrings in PDF format

Snowman Bead Earrings

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
Craft Project - Snowman Bead Earrings

Craft Project - Snowman Bead Earrings

Designed by Karen Mitchell and Ann Mitchell, AnKara Designs

Materials Needed:

FIMO® Soft polymer clay: Metallic White, Metallic Red, Metallic Green, Black, a pinch of Mandarin Orange
Liquid FIMO® Decorating Gel
AMACO® Fun Wire – 24 gauge black
Two silver tone 2″ eye pins
Two silver tone lever back earring hooks

Tools Needed:

AMACO® polymer clay and craft oven
AMACO® pasta machine
AMACO® PolyBlade
AMACO® PolyRoller
AMACO® Bead Baking Rack with bead piercing pins
AMACO® Tube Bead Roller – Set 1
AMACO® Tube Bead Roller – Set 2
AMACO® Professional Bead Roller – Set 2
AMACO® Professional Bead Roller – Set 8
Work Surface (granite, marble or glazed ceramic tile recommended)
Round nose pliers
Needle nose pliers
Wire clippers

Step 1
Noses: Condition a small amount of Mandarin clay. Roll it into a 1/8″ thick snake. Taper one end of the snake into a point. Cut off a 1/4″ piece from the pointed end, this forms the carrot nose. Repeat this step to make a second tiny carrot (see photo #1). Place the noses on a tray and bake for 30 minutes at 230-265 F.

Step 2
Snowman body: Condition the metallic white clay. Roll it into a 1/2″ thick snake (see photo #2). Cut off a 2″ section and press it into the groove on the set #2 bead roller to make a 12 mm round bead. Trim off excess clay off the top, and remove the trimmed clay from the groove. Cut off two 3/4″ sections of clay, and form into two balls. Place one ball back into the bead roller groove, place the other half of the bead roller on top, and roll your 12 mm bead. Align the bead with the bead piercing marks and insert bead-piercing pin (see photo #3). Repeat this step with the second ball of clay to form a second 12 mm pierced bead.

Step 3
Snowman head: Repeat step 1 to form the 2 snowman heads, this time using the small round bead roller set. Follow the package directions to make two pierced 8 mm beads out of the metallic white clay.

Step 4
Eyes and buttons: Condition the Black clay. Roll a small amount into a 1/16″ thick snake. Cut of eight very thin slices. Place two slices on each snowman body for buttons. Place two slices on each snowman head for eyes (see photo #4).

Step 5
Add noses: Dab a bit of the Liquid FIMO® decorating gel on the snowman heads just below the eyes. Press the carrot nose in place, sinking at least 1/3 of the flat end of the cone into the bead (see photo #5).

Step 6
Arms: Cut off four 2″ pieces of Black Fun Wire™. Form a very small wishbone shaped fork in the wire with your pliers, and then twist the cut ends together. Trim the twisted ends down to 3/8″. Make three more pieces like the first. Dip the trimmed end of one wire fork in liquid FIMO® and insert into one side of one of the snowman bodies, sinking it in at least 1/8″. Dip the trimmed end of a second wire fork in liquid clay, and insert in the opposite side of the snowman body. Repeat this step for the second snowman (see photo #6). Place body and head beads on the bead baking rack. Bake for 30 minutes at 230-265 F and then allow to cool.

Step 7
Form the hat parts: Roll a small ball of Black clay. Roll a 9 mm tube bead with Black clay using set #1 tube bead roller. Place the tube of clay on your work surface. Trim off one of the uneven ends. Cut two 1/16″ slices (or slightly thinner) Pierce each disk in the center with a bead piercing pin (see photo #7). TIP: to prevent distorting the tube, roll the tube toward you on your work surface and keep your clay blade perfectly perpendicular to the clay tube as you cut. Use set #2 tube bead roller to roll a 6 mm tube of black clay. Cut two 3/16″ slices using the same method as just described (see photo #8). Also roll a second 6 mm tube out of conditioned metallic red clay. Cut two very thin slices from this tube (less that 1/16″ thick) (see photo #9). Pierce the red and black beads with bead piercing pins. Place all of these pieces on the bead baking rack.

Step 8
Assemble Snowmen: Slide one snowman body onto a 2″ headpin. Dab a little Liquid FIMO® onto the top of this bead. Roll a 1/8″ ball of unbaked Metallic White clay, and slide it onto the headpin. Dab some more liquid clay on top of this ball. Slide one snowman head in place, flattening the ball in between. Repeat for the second snowman (see photo #10).

Step 9
Add scarf: Condition Metallic Green clay. Roll it into a sheet on the fourth thickest setting on the pasta machine. Cut two strips that are 2″ long and 1/8″ wide. Cut a small “V” at each end of each strip (see photo #11). Take one strip and wrap it around the neck of the first snowman, overlapping the ends. Repeat for the second snowman, overlapping the ends in the opposite direction (see photo #12). Place the snowmen on the bead baking rack and bake the snowmen plus the hat parts for 30 minutes at 230-265 F.


Step 10
Assemble hats: Once all the parts are cooled, place the thin 9 mm black disk slices on the heads, then the red band slice, and then the 6 mm black tube slice for the top of the hat (see photo #13). Form a 1/8″ loop at the top of each snowman and trim off the excess wire. Hook each loop onto a lever back, and close the loops. Your snowmen are complete!

Sizzling Hot Beaded Necklace

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
Craft Porject - Sizzling Hot Beaded Necklace

Craft Porject - Sizzling Hot Beaded Necklace

By Lisa Galvin CCD, CPD

Materials

AMACO® Polymer Clay & Craft Oven
AMACO® Professional Bead Roller with Baking Pins, Set #3 (used for tri-oval bead shape shown)
AMACO® Professional Bead Baking Rack
FIMO® Soft Polymer Clay — Metallic Red
FIMO® Gloss Lacquer
Ruler with Raised Numbers (recommended)
32″ Length, 49 Strand Bead Stringing Wire from Beadalon®
2 Silver “S” Hook Style Bracelet Clasps
4 Silver Attachment Rings for “S” Hooks
(or 9mm jump rings)
Silver-Toned Round Toggle Clasp
**3 Black and Red Glass Lamp Work Beads
14 Hematite 12mm Disk Beads from Darice®:
16 Black Size “E” Beads
10 Silver (4mm) Round Beads
6 Silver (5mm) Round Beads
1 Black (5mm) Bicone Bead
12 silver Crimp Beads
Crimping Pliers
Wire nippers

*FIMO® Soft is sold in 2 ounce packages and is a product of EberhardFaber of Germany, exclusively distributed in North America by AMACO®

**DID YOU KNOW? FIMO® Soft polymer clay can also be used to create lamp work-like beads similar to the glass lamp work beads shown here. Simply make a ball of Black clay about the size of a large pea. Roll tiny balls of Metallic Red clay and press firmly onto the Black clay ball. Bead can be left “bumpy” with the Metallic Red balls extending beyond the black ball at center, or, one a time press tiny Metallic Red balls onto black ball and roll; imbedding the balls into the Black. Add additional balls of Metallic Red as needed.

Step 1
Preheat oven to 265ºF (130ºC). Knead Metallic Red FIMO® to condition. Follow instructions provided with bead rolling tool to measure clay size needed for each bead shape. Ruler with raised numbers is pressed onto clay filled top of bead rolling tool to mark. Remove clay then cut to length needed.

Step 2
Roll measured clay sections in bead roller to form five 13 x 27mm tri-oval beads. Insert piercing pin as directed to create hole needed for stringing. Place beaded piercing pins onto AMACO® Professional Bead Baking Rack and bake in oven for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Step 3
Brush beads with lacquer while still on baking pins. Place back onto baking rack to suspend until dry. Repeat to apply two additional coats of FIMO® gloss lacquer. Let dry completely then remove from baking pins. Tip: Remove any small traces of lacquer from baking pins by rubbing lightly with fine grit sandpaper.

Step 4
String two crimp beads 1/2″ from end of a 12″ length of beading wire; place wire end through loop on round bracelet clasp and back through both crimp beads. Use crimping pliers to flatten crimp beads approximately 1/16″ from loop; securing the bracelet clasp to wire.

Step 5
String beads onto beading wire for this section of necklace in the following order: Black “E” bead, 4mm silver bead, lamp work bead, 4mm silver bead, Black “E” bead, Black 5mm bicone bead, Black “E” bead, 4mm silver bead, Metallic Red tri-oval clay bead, 4mm silver bead, Black “E” bead, three 12mm hematite disks, Black “E” bead, 4mm silver bead, lamp work bead, 4mm silver bead, then two crimp beads.

Step 6
Insert wire end through an “S” hook attachment ring (or 9mm jump ring) then back through crimp beads. Pull excess wire until crimp beads are approximately 1/16″ from attachment ring and flatten crimp beads with crimping pliers to end this section. Trim excess wire with wire nippers.

Step 7
Follow instruction #4 to begin second section of necklace; substituting an attachment ring (or 9mm jump ring) for the round bracelet clasp.

Step 8
String beads onto wire for second section as follows: Black size “E”, two 12mm Hematite disks, Black “E”, 5mm Silver, Metallic Red trioval clay bead, 5mm Silver, Black “E”, two 12mm Hematite disks, Black “E”, 5mm Silver, Metallic Red tri-oval clay bead, 5mm Silver, Black “E”, two 12mm Hematite disks, Black “E”, 5mm Silver, Metallic Red tri-oval clay bead, 5mm Silver, Black “E”, two 12mm Hematite disks, Black “E”, then two crimp beads. Follow instruction #6 to attach an “S” hook attachment ring (or 9mm jump ring) to end this section.

Step 9
Using remaining 8″ length of beading wire, follow instruction #4 to begin third section of necklace; substituting an attachment ring (or 9mm jump ring) for the round bracelet clasp.

Step 10
String beads onto wire for third section as follows: 4mm Silver bead, lamp work bead, 4mm Silver, black “E”, three 12mm Hematite disks, Black “E”, 4mm Silver, Metallic Red tri-oval clay bead, 4mm Silver, Black “E” bead then two crimp beads. Follow instruction #6; substituting bar shaped toggle end of round clasp for the attachment ring used on previous sections.

Step 11
Connect second section to first and third sections using “S” hook. For best results press “S” hook closed to prevent necklace from becoming unhooked. Use toggle ends to connect necklace when worn.

Sizzling Hot Beaded Necklace in PDF format

Peppermint Swirl Necklace

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
Craft Project - Peppermint Swirl Necklace

Craft Project - Peppermint Swirl Necklace

By Lisa Galvin, CCD, CPD

Materials

Necklace designed by Lisa Galvin CCD, CPD Peppermint Swirl Necklace FIMO® Soft — 2 oz. blocks of: Emerald (#56), Cherry Red (#26), Lemon (#10), White (#0), and Translucent (#014)
AMACO® Tri-Bead Roller™
AMACO® Bead Making Tool Set
AMACO® PolyRoller
FIMO® Lacquer
Polyester Batting
Metal Baking Sheet
Home Oven (or dedicated toaster oven)
Bead Reaming Drill
Beadalon® 19 Strand Bright Silver Flexible Beading Wire
Silver Barrel Clasp
3 Silver Plated Eye Pins, 2″ Long
2 Silver Plated Head Pins, 1″ Long
22 Gauge Wire, Any Color
Two 4mm Faceted Beads
Silver Seed Beads
14 Silver Plated Metal Bead Caps, Size 10mm
Crimp Beads
Round Nose Jewelry Pliers
Wire Cutters
Crimping Pliers

Step 1
Preheat home oven (or dedicated toaster oven) to 265ºF (130ºC). Knead clay to condition. Make three nickel size balls of Translucent. Knead one of the balls to gradually blend in a pea size ball of Emerald. Repeat to blend Lemon and Cherry Red with the remaining Translucent balls.

Step 2

Make three more nickel size balls of Translucent. On a covered work surface use PolyRoller™ to roll all balls flat to make six thin sheets of clay. Stack sheets, using Translucent to separate the colored layers. Use roller to lightly press layers together then roll “jellyroll” style to create a rope. Follow directions found with Tri-Bead Roller™ to make three round beads from the layered rope.

Step 3
Knead remaining rope slightly then roll flat. Fold in half and roll again, repeat as needed to create a narrow sheet with your preferred color blended pattern. Tip: Knead or roll too much and colors will blend completely. Follow instructions found in AMACO® Bead Making Tools set to create a wrapped bead from the clay sheet using small triangular template (pointed), cutting blade and small mandrel.

Step 4

Knead and then roll a quarter size ball of White to make a thin sheet. Blend a quarter size ball of Cherry Red with a dime size ball of White to soften color tone then roll flat. Stack the White sheet onto the Red and roll lightly. Cut the layered sheet into three equal pieces and stack on top of one another. Use roller to lightly press the layers together. With Tri-Bead Roller™, create two bi-cone and two oblong beads from cut strips of the layered clay.

Step 5
Use dimple tool to mark drill hole openings on all but the wrapped bead, indenting slightly to create a guide hole that will be used for easy drilling once clay has been cured. Place all beads onto polyester batting and bake in home oven for 35 minutes. Let cool.

Step 6
Drill holes in beads then slip them onto 22 gauge wire. Apply 2-3 coats of FIMO® Lacquer. Let dry completely while suspended on the wire. Remove beads from wire and mandrel.

Step 7
Create dangling pendant referring to diagram. With one 2″ eye pen use round nose jewelry pliers to bend a matching eye-shaped loop at straight end. Fold in half to find center, then shape referring to diagram (see Figure 1).

Step 8
Insert an eye pen through wrapped bead and bend an eye-loop on opposite side. Use eye-loops to connect the two pens referring to diagram (see Figure 2a). Press loops closed. Slip a faceted bead, then four silver seed beads onto eye pens, bend a eye-loop at straight end then connect at both ends of the wrapped bead (see Figure 2b).

Step 9
Slide two crimp beads, bead cap, round clay bead, bead cap followed by two more crimp beads onto remaining eye pen. Crimp beads to hold the arrangement in place close to eye. Bend remaining end to create another eye-loop then attach the dangling pendant referring to photo. Press loop closed.

Step 10
Cut beading wire to desired hang length plus 2″. Slip two crimp beads onto wire, thread same wire end through loop on barrel clasp then back through crimp beads. Slide crimp beads close to barrel loop leaving a 1″ tail length of wire. Use crimping pliers to flatten crimp beads; holding barrel clasp secure. Cut wire tail close to last crimp bead.

Step 11
Refer to photo to slide beads onto wire, repeating the same sequence used in instructions number 9 for each added clay bead. Once all beads are on wire, slip wire end through remaining loop on barrel closure, attaching it just as with first side to connect, crimp beads and cut tail end of wire.

Step 12
Open eye pin on dangling pendant, slip onto wire separating the beaded strand, press eye pen closed. Place necklace onto a flat surface evenly arranging the beads as shown. One set at a time crimp beads to hold the beaded sections in position on wire.

Peppermint Swirl Necklace in PDF format

Natural Impressions Two Strand Necklace

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
Craft Project - Natural Impressions Two Strand Necklace

Craft Project - Natural Impressions Two Strand Necklace

By Lisa Galvin

Materials

FIMO® Soft Polymer Clay — White, Sahara, and Caramel
AMACO® Professional System Bead Roller™ — sets #2 and #3
AMACO® Bead piercing pins (included in package with Professional System Bead Rollers)
AMACO® Professional System Bead Baking Rack™
AMACO® Polymer Clay and Craft Oven (or standard home oven)
AMACO® PolyBlade™
Plaid® Folk Art® Down Home Brown antiquing medium
Antique gold 2-strand toggle clasp
Beadalon® 19 strand bronze bead stringing wire
Bronze crimp beads
12 antique gold roundel metal spacers
Antique gold metal spacers, assorted shapes and sizes
Stone chip beads*
Seed beads, assorted metal tones
Ruler (preferably with raised numbers)
Plastic sandwich bag
Paper towels
Texturing materials, (used here were: rubberstamps, bead piercing pins, wooden skewer, and plastic drinking straw)
Wire cutters
Crimping pliers

*Stone chip beads can be purchased or you can make your own from marbling FIMO® scraps, then cutting randomly into thin slices. Pierce and bake.

Step 1
Preheat oven to 265ºF (130ºC). Knead all clay colors to condition. Colors can be used alone or marbled to create a wider assortment of shades. Follow instructions included with bead rollers to measure exact amount of clay needed for each bead style. Referring to photo for reference, roll to create an assortment of beads. Insert bead piercing pin through each bead prior to removing from bead rollers. (TIP: Try inserting bead piercing pins through beads at an odd angle to create more visual interest in your finished design!)

Step 2
Add texture to create an interesting mix of beads. Some tools and techniques you may want to try:
• With bead on piercing pin, roll lightly over rubberstamps, texture plates, coins, leaves, etc… for a light impression.
• For deeper indentation, place bead (with piercing pin in place) onto a rubberstamp. Press a second rubberstamp on top; sandwiching the bead between the two stamps. Press to flatten the bead slightly; imprinting the stamp image into the bead. Remove. If needed stamp may be dampened with water to prevent clay from sticking.
• Use blunt and/or sharp tip ends of wooden skewer or bead piercing pins to make indentation, holes or lay flat to press straight lines.
• Create round holes through beads using wooden skewer or plastic drinking straw.

Step 3
With beads on piercing pins, place onto professional system bead baking rack and bake in oven preheated to 265ºF (130ºC) for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Step 4
Pour a small amount of Down Home Brown antiquing medium into sandwich bag. Remove beads from bead piercing pins and drop into the sandwich bag. Roll around until coated, then remove beads from bag a few at a time; placing them onto a clean paper towel. Wipe off excess antiquing medium immediately; leaving only a tint of the color on most of the beads. Indented or textured areas will retain more of the medium; creating contrast. Once antiqued; white beads take on an almost “bone-like” quality and coloration while darker shades, such as the Caramel used here take on a rich wood-toned appearance. Let dry flat, or for best results place back onto piercing pins to dry suspended on bead baking rack.

Step 5
Cut a 27″ length of bead stringing wire. String two crimp beads onto wire, sliding them 1/2″ from one end. Bring same wire end through a loop on one of the toggle clasp ends, then back through crimp beads. Crimp the crimp beads; securing wire to clasp. Slide on 3 roundel metal spacers then another crimp bead. Crimp the crimp bead close to roundels.

Step 6
String on another crimp bead. Crimp with crimping pliers to hold the bead 1″ from the roundels at start of strand. Slide on a rolled clay bead, then another crimp bead. With clay bead held tightly between the two crimp beads, crimp the last crimp bead to hold in place on wire.

Step 7
Repeat step #6 to randomly add additional beads to strand, leaving at least 11/2″ of bare wire at end.

Step 8
End strand by stringing on a crimp bead, three roundel spacers, and two additional crimp beads. Bring wire end through loop on second toggle clasp end, and then back through crimp beads and the spacers. Pull wire to adjust spacing between toggle clasp and last clay bead. Crimp the two crimp beads closest to toggle clasp. Slide roundel spacers close to toggle and crimp the remaining crimp bead to hold spacers in place. Trim excess at wire ends.
Second Necklace Strand:

Step 9
Using a 30″ length of bead stringing wire, repeat step #5 attaching wire to second loop on one of the toggle clasp ends.

Step 10
Fill all but 1/2″ of the second wire strand with a random mix of rolled clay beads, seed beads, stone chips and an assortment of antique gold spacers. For an interesting twist, string seed beads or stone chips onto wire so that these smaller beads appear to be floating inside holes made with drinking straw in the larger clay beads shown here.

Step 11
Repeat step #8 to finish second strand.

Mosaic Bracelet

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
Craft Project - Mosaic Bracelet

Craft Project - Mosaic Bracelet

Materials
One 2 oz. block of each color FIMO soft polymer clay: plum, mandarin, metallic red
4 gold tone 2″ eye pins
5 gold tone 1″ eye pins
One gold tone 12 mm lobster clasp
Gold tone jump rings: (1) 3/16″, (1) 1/4″
10 orange e-beads
10″ Beadalon .015 bead stringing wire
2 gold tone crimp tubes

Tools

Work Surface (granite, marble or glazed ceramic tile recommended)
AMACO polymer clay and craft oven
AMACO pasta machine
AMACO PolyBlade
Crimp pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire clippers
AMACO Set #7 bead rollers with bead piercing pins
AMACO professional bead baking rack
Oven thermometer
Oven mitts
Ruler (optional)

Step 1
Measure clay for bead roller: Preheat your oven and use an oven thermometer to check correct temperature. Condition the plum clay. Roll it into a 5/8″ thick snake and press it into the larger section of the bottom half of the bead roller. Keep pressing until the clay fills the groove and is flush with the top of the bead roller Trim off excess clay so that it is level with top surface of the bead roller groove. Remove the clay gently from the bead roller and place flat side down on your work surface.

Step 2
Mark your clay: Use the ridged ruler on the side of the bead roller to make measurement imprints in the clay. Cut four 5/8″ slices. Roll each slice into an oval (photo #1- slice sections).

Step 3
Roll beads: Lay one oval into the larger bead groove. Snap the top of the bead roller in place. Roll the bead until it is oblong (photo #2- roll beads). Repeat with the three ovals of plum clay. Insert one oblong bead back into the bead roller, align it with the bead piercing hole, set the top of the bead roller in place, and pierce the bead with a bead piercing pin. Repeat for the other three plum beads.

Step 4
Prepare red and mandarin clays: Condition 1/4 of a block each of the metallic red and mandarin clays. Roll the red clay into a sheet on the fifth thickest setting on the Amaco pasta machine. Repeat this step for the mandarin clay (photo #3- roll sheets).

Step 5
Add red stripes: Trim the edges of the red clay sheet so that they are straight. Cut a 1/16″ wide strip of red clay. Carefully wrap this strip around the raised center line of one of the plum oblong beads. Trim excess clay, and blend the seam with your fingertip. Repeat forming the center red stripe on the other three plum beads (photo #4-add red stripe).

Step 6
Add mandarin triangles: Trim the edges of the mandarin clay sheet so that they are straight. Cut a 1/4″ wide strip of mandarin clay. Cut the strip into isosceles triangles that are 1/4″ tall and approximately1/8″ wide. Place the triangles on the plum bead, facing outwards from the red center line, with the flat edge on the red line and the points facing out toward the ends of the base bead. Place triangles next to each other with no space in between until you have gone all the way around the bead. Repeat this process on the other side of the red center line. Add the mandarin triangles to the other three plum beads (photo #5- add triangles).

Step 7
Roll red beads: Repeat steps 1-3 to make five metallic red round beads. For the round beads, make sure to measure your clay in the smaller round groove of the bottom half of the bead roller. Roll the snakes so that they are 1/4″ thick to press into the groove (photo #6- measure clay). You should end up with five red round beads pierced with pins.

Step 8
Bake beads: Place all nine of the bracelet beads in the bead baking rack. Bake for 30 minutes at 265 degrees (F), and then cool completely.

Step 9
String bracelet: Take the 3/16″ jump ring and open it by bending ends away from each other perpendicular to the loop. Hook the loop of the clasp onto the jump ring, and close the jump ring. Slide a crimp tube onto one end of the bead stringing wire. Slide the wire through the jump ring attached to the clasp, and then back through the crimp tube. Pull the wire loop to 1/16″, crimp the tube in place with the crimp pliers, and trim the excess wire. Start beading the bracelet with and orange e-bead, then a red round clay bead, an orange e-bead, and an oblong plum bead. Repeat this pattern until you have used all five red round beads and all four of the plum oblong beads (alternating all the way around with e-beads in between). Finish the pattern with an orange e-bead. Slide on the second crimp tube. Close the 1/4″ jump ring with pliers. Slide the end of the beading wire through this jump ring and then back through the crimp tube. Pull the end of the wire to remove space between beads (leave a little for movement in the bracelet), and form a 1/16″ loop around the jump ring. Crimp the tube in place. Trim the excess wire. Your bracelet is complete. You can adjust the length of the bracelet by adding and subtracting e-beads or clay beads. (photo #7-finished bracelet)

Memory Lamp

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
Craft Project - Memory Lamp

Craft Project - Memory Lamp

By Michelle Zimmerman

Materials

Black wrought iron lamp base
Dark red fabric lamp shade
FIMO® Soft – one 2 oz. package each of: Metallic Emerald Green, Metallic Red, Red, Granite, Black, Copper, Silver, Gold
Amaco® Rub ‘n Buff® – Antique Gold
Amaco® FunWire™ – Red (18 gauge); one roll, Black (24 Gauge); 2 rolls
Small glass grey/black beads with holes large enough for FunWire™ to fit through
Needle and thread
Amaco® Tri bead roller
Hand drill (to make holes in beads)
Wire working tools

Step 1
Measure distance around base of shade. You will need one string of beads approximately every 2 inches. Each string is comprised of four beads.

Step 2
Mix a small portion of Black clay into Emerald Green to make a turquoise color. Mix half block of Metallic Red with Red clay. Condition all clays carefully and then make assortment of beads using Tri-Bead roller. This shade used 36 bead sets and 6 spirals. For this you will need:
18 each of: oval red beads
24 each of: black pillow beads, round red beads, round gold beads, granite oval beads
12 each of: silver bicone beads, copper bicone beads, turquoise bicone beads
To make pillow beads, use more clay than needed and roll an oval bead then flatten slightly and shape to resemble a pillow. If desired, make the holes in the beads before baking according to instructions on the packet.

Step 3
If you haven’t already done so, drill holes in all beads using a hand drill. Make an extra large hole in 6 oval red beads to take 18 gauge wire. Thread onto 24 gauge black wire in these configurations starting with a glass bead to fix the wire onto and interspersing each bead with a glass bead:
Set 1: gold round, silver bicone, gold round, red oval.
Set 2: granite oval, red round, granite oval, turquoise bicone.
Set 3: copper bicone, black pillow, red round, black pillow.
Finish with a small loop after checking to ensure the string is the same length as the others (approx. 3.5-4″).

Step 4
Cut six 14″ lengths of red 18 gauge wire. Roll one end into a large flat spiral. Add three glass beads, one red oval bead and finish with a glass bead. Wrap the top to make a small loop ensuring all the coils you make are approximately the same length.

Step 5
Flip the lampshade over to measure and mark the place each bead string will go. You will alternate the three strings and after every six bead strings, add a spiral. Sew the bead sets to the shade using neat stitches placed along the inside edge of the shade – this way you won’t see the stitching from the outside.

Step 6
Apply Rub ‘n Buff® lightly to the wrought iron base. Place it in areas that are easy to get to and rub it very lightly into the surface so you get a distressed, aged look.

Step 7
Print 12 photos at a small size (maximum 3.5″ tall). Trim and adhere back to back.

Step 8
Assemble shade onto lamp base. Adjust bead sets so they hang well. Slip photos onto spirals on the shade.

Memory Lamp in PDF format

It's a Mod, Mod, World

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
Carft Project - Its a Mod, Mod, World

Craft Project - It's a Mod, Mod, World

By Karen Mitchell and Ann Mitchell, AnKara Designs

Materials

One 2 oz. block of each color FIMO soft polymer clay: copper, lime green, peppermint
One package of each color 18 gauge Fun Wire: clear copper, clear lemon-lime, clear blue
One package 22 gauge Fun Wire: clear copper
One spool silver tone 20 gauge wire
Two surgical steel earring hooks

Tools

Work Surface (granite, marble or glazed ceramic tile recommended)
AMACO polymer clay and craft oven
AMACO pasta machine
AMACO PolyBlade
Round nose pliers
Wire clippers
Wooden skewer
AMACO Set #2 bead rollers
Amaco professional bead baking rack
Oven thermometer
Oven mitts

Step 1

Measure clay for bead roller: Condition the copper clay. Roll it into a 1/2″ thick snake and press it into the oval section of the bottom half of the bead roller. Keep pressing until the clay fills the groove and is flush with the top of the bead roller (photo #1- clay in groove). Trim off excess clay. Remove the clay gently from the bead roller and place flat side down on your work surface.

Step 2

Mark your clay: Use the ridged ruler on the side of the bead roller to make measurement imprints in the clay (photo #2- mark and cut). Cut nine 3/4″ slices. Roll each slice into a ball.

Step 3
Roll beads: Lay one ball into the oval bead groove. Snap the top of the bead roller in place. Roll the bead until it is oval. Repeat with the other eight balls of copper clay. Repeat steps 1-3 to make six round beads. For the round beads, make sure to measure your clay in the round groove of the bottom half of the beads roller. You should end up with nine oval and six round base beads in copper clay.

Step 4
Make lime stripes: Condition the lime clay and roll it into a rectangle on the fifth thickest setting on the pasta machine. Cut a straight edge lengthwise on the rectangle. Cut the thinnest possible stripes lengthwise from the sheet (1/32″). Cut one stripe for each bead.

Step 5
Wrap beads: Starting at the top of an oval bead, press the end of one green stripe in place. Rotate the bead, slowly spiraling the stripe to the other end of the oval, with about a 3/16″ space between the stripes. Cut off excess lime clay. Repeat this step for the other eight oval beads and for the six round beads.

Step 6
Make peppermint stripes: repeat step #4 to make peppermint stripes. Cut one stripe for each bead. Wrap the peppermint stripe around each bead halfway in between each lime stripe.

Step 7
Place one oval bead back into the oval groove. Gently put the top of the bead roller in place, but do not snap together firmly. Gently roll the bead until the stripes are integrated into the base bead. Align the bead with the bead piercing marks on the roller. Put the top of the bead roller in place and align marks carefully. Insert the bead-piercing pin carefully from the opposite side of the bead roller (this will cause less drag). Remove the pierced bead on the pin from the roller and place it on the bead-baking holder. Repeat this step for all of the oval and round beads. Bake all of the beads for 30 minutes at 265 degrees (F). Remove from the oven and allow beads to cool.

Step 8
Make wire coils: To form a coil, wrap the clear blue wire snugly around the wooden skewer until you have three full wraps. Trim both ends of the coil. Repeat this step until you have 6 coils.

Step 9
Add wire to bead drops: For the oval beads, cut seven pieces of silver tone wire that are 2 1/4″ long. Make a 1/8″ closed loop at one end of each piece of wire. Slide one piece of wire through the hole of each oval bead until the loop touches the bottom of the bead. For three beads, add a coil on top of the bead, and make a 1/4″ loop in the silver wire that will not slide into the coil. Trim excess wire. Close the top loop on two of the drops, add ear wires, and set aside. Leave the top loop open on the third drop; this will be the center drop for the necklace. For the other four oval beads, make a 1/8″ loop in the silver wire at the top of each oval bead. Trim the excess wire and leave all four of these top loops open. Cut two 1 1/2″ pieces of the silver tone wire. Make 1/4″ close loops at one end of each piece of wire. Hook the top loop of one oval bead through the loop on one of these pieces of wire. Close the loop. Repeat for the second piece of silver tone wire with the 1/4″ loop. Slide a blue wire coil onto one of these pieces of wire, and finish with a 1/4″ loop that is trimmed and left open. Repeat for the second drop. For the round beads, cut six pieces of silver tone wire 1 1/2″ long. Make a 1/8″ closed loop at one end of each piece of wire. Slide one round bead onto each wire, and form a 1/8″ loop at the top of each bead. Leave the top loops open.

Step 10
Make blue scrolls: cut seven pieces of clear blue wire: three at 2″, two at 1 1/2″, and two at 1 1/4″. Take one 2″ wire and bend it in half over the thick part of the round nose pliers tips. Slide one 2″ wire through the bottom loop of the center oval drop. Form a small scroll bent away from the center curve with the skinny tips of the round nose pliers. Form another small scroll in the opposite direction with the other end of the wire. Gently pinch the scroll so that they touch. Trim excess plastic coating from the ends of the wire. Repeat this scroll step for the other two 2″ pieces of wire attached to the two other oval beads with earring hooks attached. The earrings are complete. Repeat this step for the two 1 1/2″ pieces of wire for the beads with the extra coil segment, and for the two 1 1/4″ pieces of wire for the last two oval beads. NOTE: Handle the plastic coated wire carefully, as it is easily marred.

Step 11
Make lemon-lime scrolls: For the round bead scrolls, cut six pieces of lemon-lime wire: two pieces at 2″, two pieces at 1 1/2″, and two pieces at 1 1/4″. Bend each piece of wire in half with the thick end of the round nose pliers tips. Slide one piece of wire through the bottom loop on each of the round bead drops. On the first piece of wire, cross the two ends of the wire. Bend a small scroll on each end of the wire toward the center. Repeat for the other five beads. The drops with the larger scrolls will hang toward the center of the necklace, graduating outwards.

Step 12
Start twisting necklace: Cut a 36″ piece of each color of the 22 gauge wire. Take the lemon-lime piece of wire and form a round 1/4″ loop in the center of the wire. Make two twists in the wire above the loop. Bring the ends of the wire together and slide on a blue wire coil covering the two twists above the center loop. Spread the lemon-lime wire into a ‘V’. Bring the center of the clear blue and clear copper wires up behind the ‘V’, and give all three wires one full twist away from the center loop. Add center oval bead drop with the coil to the center lemon-lime wire loop, and close the attaching loop. Bring the copper wire down and form a 1/4″ round loop on each side of the center loop, bringing the end of the wire(s) back up and around to the front of the necklace. Add the round bead drops with the largest scroll to each copper loop. Twist all three colors of wire together twice. Bring the blue wire down and form a 3/16″ teardrop shaped loop one either side of the necklace. Bring the blue wire around the front, and twist all three colors of wire together twice. Add the oval bead drops with the extra coil segments to each of the blue loops. Make a 3/16″ lemon-lime teardrop shaped loop like the blue ones on either side of the necklace. Twist all three colors of wire together twice. Add the round bead drops with the medium sized scrolls to each of the lemon-lime loops. Form a 3/6″ copper teardrop shaped loop on either side of the necklace like the blue and lemon-lime ones. Add the simple oval bead drops with the smallest scrolls to these copper loops. Twist all three colors of wire together three times. Make a 3/16″ blue teardrop shaped loop on either side of the necklace, and add the final round drops with the smallest scrolls.

Step 13
Make hook: Twist together the remainder of the three colors of wire on both sides of the necklace. Hold the necklace up and determine the finished length that you desire. On one side of the necklace, measure from the center of the necklace along the twisted wire to half the determined length and add 1″. Bend the twisted wire at this point and double it back on itself. Bend at the halfway mark of the necklace and form a hook for the closure (photo #14- form hook).

Step 14
Make the loop: Measure half of the length of the necklace from the center along the twisted wire. At the halfway point, form a loop that is large enough to fit the hook, and then double back on itself the remainder of the twisted wire (photo #15- form loop).

Step 15
Finish the hook and loop: Cut two 6″ pieces of 24 gauge clear copper wire.

Set one piece aside. Bend the remaining wire at a right angle 1″ from one end. Align this bent end of the wire with the base of the loop, with the end facing away from the loop. Wrap the base of the loop in a tight coil of this thin copper wire, covering the short piece of wire, until you have a 1/2″ piece remaining (#16 wrap ends). Twist the two ends of the wire together and trim to 1/4″ (photo #17- twist ends). Trim the excess of the three colors of thicker wire. Tuck the trimmed ends of the thinner wire under carefully (photo #18- completed clasp). Repeat this step for the hook end of the necklace. It is now complete. Try it on and shape it to best fit your neck.


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