Polymer Clay beads and buttons

What you can do with polymer clay it’s up to your imagination, really! It’s so enjoyable and relaxing that you have to try if you never done!

By the way, the cover picture in this post is my cat Snowball. He loves to sleep in unusual places… in this case was on the top of my polymer clay buttons!????

There are loads of types of polymer clay, I am using FIMO on the examples below. It is good to try different makes and choose one you like more.

Polymer clay beads

 
polymer clay beads
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It is easier than you think! Add different design, shapes and colours as you practice.

For the bead above I used polymer clay extruder which is one of the best buy products if you want to create amazing and unique designs.

How I make polymer clay beads:

how to make polymer clay beads
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1-Choose the colors you are going to use.

2-Using an acrilic roller or a pasta machine stretch the clay as thinner as possible. I use number 1 on my pasta machine.

Note: a pasta machine is an investment that you should think about it, if you want to get nice finished pieces. Its is not just save time and make the work easier but it will add a more professional look. There are manual and electric pasta machines and of course different prices. These are my suggestions: Manual and Electric.

polymer clay extruder
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3-Cut circles with the extruder end so the tower clay that you going to make will fit inside the extruder. You can get the extruder at Amazon.

4-Add the circles together. It does not matter the order. Try different orders and see the difference.

5-Insert the “tower” into the extruder and roll it! at the begining it is a bit hard on a manual extruder.

Polymer clay extruder
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You never know how it is going to be!

polymer clay extruder cuts

Beautiful cuts! This is my favourite part: Creation!

Note: I use this little cuts to cover the beads as well.

6- So, cut the length same size and add then together as you wish

beads made with polymer clay extruder
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7-I choose to add a black stripe in the middle, as you can see above and cover it with another layer of one of the colors

polymer clay beads
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8- Make the balls same size.

Extruder Polymer clay
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9- Squize nicely so you have two different sizes.

cover the bead with polymer clay

10- Slice then and cover your beads as you wish

Baking Polymer Clay

How to bake polymer clay is about practice and understand your own oven!. The oven temperature should be according to brand and thickness of your piece. The oven temperature always varies, so to make sure your oven is set to the correct temperature its recommended to get a oven thermometer that does not cost much as sometimes what is showing outside is not what is happening inside! Generally, I bake my pieces for 50 min at 120°C. If my pieces are very thin or small, I reduce the temperature to 110 but still baking for 50 min minimum. I have burnt some pieces at the beginning, so do not be discouraged if this happen to you and remember: Don’t give up! You need to “know” your oven, and so, how different polymer clay brands cure and this is just really with time and practice!

The more you practice, you will get to know how to work with polymer clay in your oven. Use scrap play and do some experiments. Following the instructions on your polymer clay pack but remember that it needs to get to the right temperature or your pieces will break when cold. Some people use a separate oven (portable) just to bake polymer clay.

Polymer Clay Scrap – don’t trow it away!

Polymer clay scrap
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You can make numerous things with scrap clay. I made buttons this time:

Polymer Clay Buttons

cutting polymer clay buttons
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It is very important to conditione your clay. So play with it, smash until it is very soft.

In this project I used my polymer clay scraps.

Stretch with a roller or use a pasta machine and cut the shapes you like. Metal cutters available and metal cutter blades available at Amazon.

Make holes and bake as per instructions on the clay pack you are using.

 Polymer clay buttons made from polymer clay scrap

I added some texture on my buttons using an old crochet towel. Fabrics are good to make different textures, try it on!

buttons made with polymer clay scrap
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My last creation:

polymer clay pendant brown and yellow
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See how to make the polymer clay necklace here.

Future Posts – Coming soon:

Mini Instagram camera

What about some Instagram camera with Polymer clay? We can use as a charm in a bracelet!

instagram camera made with polymer clay

Bracelets made with Polymer Clay

Bracelets made with Polymer clay
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polymer clay bracelet
polymer clay bracelet green
polymer clay bracelet
polymer clay bracelet grey

 

I am writing a tutorial explaining how to make polymer clay bracelets. Subscribe to our newsletter to get the news!

Let’s play polymer clay! 

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