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Mixed Metallic Autumn

About this design:

I made some polymer clay leaf beads and was wanting to try to get the colors and feelings of a warm autumn day when the sun is shining and a fall chill is in the air!


handmade polymer clay leaf beads, clasp and leaf buttons, golden sari silk ribbon, various Czech glass beads, jasper beads(I think),copper and brass jumprings, artistic wire, vintaj parawire

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Oh my! Jess this is sheer perfection! LOVE everything about this earthy concoction!
    Your polymer beads are the icing on the cake….the leaf patterns, shapes and colors are so beautiful! (I WANT A SET OF THESE!!) :-D

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I think you definitely got the feeling you were going for. Gotta say I am just amazed at your PC skills! Its hard to believe this is just your 3rd batch…correct? The leaf beads, especially the little round ones are awesome.

  3. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    You definitely have captured the feelings of an autumn day. Love everything about your necklace! :)

  4. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    A bright sunny day in Autumn/Fall. I love it. And to make such lovely beads, I am in awe!

  5. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    What a glorious necklace! You’ve captured Fall’s essence perfectly!

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Fabulous, Jess!!! Did you paint the leaves? Or are they from a sliced log? Love this, but I would expect no less from you!! :-D

  7. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Wow Jess! Those leaves are awesome! You certainly got the feeling you were going for with the necklace! I can almost hear leaves scurrying around in the breeze!

    Becky, What’s a sliced log?

  8. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    This is terrific, Jess! The beads look so gorgeous, and the way you finished it with the silk, perfect!!

  9. SweetBirchDesigns
    SweetBirchDesigns says:

    Thanks everyone! Your comments make me smile! :D
    Deb: This is actually my fourth batch, I did a squirrel, Mr. NutNut that I gotta make something with! :)

    Becky, Thanks :) …I didn’t have to paint these this time cause I really liked the way they looked without. :) I used the premo accents sculpey in bronze and copper metallic and made my leaf cane from that…I tried using the regular sculpey III for the canes but it is too soft and distorts the design when you reduce it down…the premo works wonders for canes!

    Gail, a sliced log or a cane is a technique like what they do with millefiori glass beads, you make a cane(log or cylinder of clay) and it has the design the entire length of the piece and you can reduce it down to make it smaller. I learned how to do it on youtube…It was by Clayground who distributes clay in the United Kingdom…here’s the video…all of their stuff is extremely helpful!

  10. B Witzel
    B Witzel says:

    Your talent goes way beyond the WOW factor.This is going into my Favorites.

  11. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Your beads are absolutely gorgeous! The colors remind me of moukite.

  12. Laud
    Laud says:

    Amazing, and your beads are the best part.

  13. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Jess, That video was absolutely awesome! What a fantastic concept, thanks for sharing!

  14. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    This is just brilliant! I love the colors and your design but especially your handmade beads. They are to die for! I can’t wait to get home to get out my PC and play!

  15. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Jess–I have tried millefiore with Sculpey. Results were a little distorted but a really sharp knife helps and you have to exert even pressure reducing them. I can’t wait to make a cane with Premo and see if it works better for me. Thanks for the tip!

  16. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    FYI– I have seen premade canes in different designs–leaves being one–that you just slice and bake!

  17. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    But I knew you made your own. :)

  18. SweetBirchDesigns
    SweetBirchDesigns says:

    Thanks so much everybody for the encouraging comments! :D

    Gail: Your welcome! Did you get to look at any of the other videos? There are so many tutorial videos online that show you all sorts of things to do with poly clay! Happy Polymer Claying! :D

    Becky: That’s really neat that they make premade ones…I had no idea! :) I read the other day that Fimo and Fimo Soft are good for making canes too! Just got some Fimo Soft, as I have to drive an hour away to get Premo(which is a MAJOR bummer), and I haven’t tried it yet but I will let you know how it works out!

  19. Asia
    Asia says:

    Jess, this is breath taking, great job on the canes, I only wish that days had 48 hrs. Love the colors this is a perfect fall piece :D

  20. SweetBirchDesigns
    SweetBirchDesigns says:

    Thanks Asia! :) I know what you mean, I always seem to run out of time! :)

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