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First Polymer Clay Designs

About this design:

I really wanted to create my own art beads for this month's Art Bead Scene challenge...instead of purchasing someone else's. So, I decided to try my hand at polymer clay. To read more about this challenge and my process, go here:
In the end, it was surprisingly easy, little expense, and I love the outcome for the necklace pendant and the earring beads. So, so on the others.
Will definitely keep working with this versatile medium.
Fresh Baked Designs


polymer clay, faceted glass crystals, gunmetal findings and chain

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  1. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Wow! very cool beads and designs! Do you need a kiln to fire the beads?

  2. trinkets
    trinkets says:

    If this is your first project with polymer clay, you really might have a great future as a bead -polymer clay artist!!

    @ Elis Mom
    Polymer clay can be baked in your regular oven, that’s all you need. usual is 15 min per 1/4″ of thickness at 265 degrees.Or as maker’s directions~

  3. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Beautiful work! The pieces have a casual and ethnic look. I like the way you’ve done the necklace,in an off balance design. It’s great!

  4. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks for the encouragement. The great thing about technology and the arts is that so many generous artists write articles, tutorials and make videos to teach and encourage the rest of us. I often make good use of these to problem solve or before trying something new. I watched a video that showed how mixing acrylic paint and the staining medium 1:1 gives a great antiquing look to the clay. But, I was just amazed at what it did to the red clay. Beautiful, deep rich, dark red. Just what I had envisioned in my mind, but no idea that it would work so well the first time. My blog post shows a before and after picture. And a coat of stain varnish finishes the pieces off.

  5. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Love it! :D

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    olive penguin says:

    Wonderful clay beads! I love the colors and the patterns! So beautiful! Great job!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    First time!? I’ll have to agree with trinkets!Looks professional to me.
    A beautiful design! Ditto, Nancy Mc.

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    Nicely done,however I would not recommend baking it in your regular oven,because of the exposure to the phthalate esters,get a toaster oven instead,you can also get great effects using mica powders,chalk and watercolors.

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    JustImagine - Val says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful collection! :)

  10. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Another first-timer to polymer clay who blows me away! Lynda, these are so beautiful — I especially love the deep red pendant/earrings set! Love the necklace & earrings you created with them! :D Simple, yet elegant!

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