Hand-made jewelry is always in style. So why not go one step further and make your own beads?
Polymer clay is the material of choice and you will learn how to use free-form techniques and bead-rolling tools to create several styles. Sculpted effects, simulations of semi-precious stones, photo-image transfers, and use of glitter and organic material mean the beads you make will be unique. All the tools you will need are listed, and finishing techniques, such as sanding, buffing and sealing, are described. Detailed instructions on how to use your own work to create stylish and individual pieces of jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are also included. Basic techniques, such as stringing and fixing clasps, lead on to assembling all the components in designs and styles ranging from contemporary and elegant to simple and plain fun. Beginners and more advanced practitioners alike will find both practical advice and plenty of inspiration.