Hello dear polymer clay enthusiasts!
Here’s the perfect tutorial for a winter day. This colorful piece will hopefully brighten up your day.
In this tutorial I’m using a variation of the Natasha technique, also called the Natasha bead. This is an easy technique that, in my humble opinion, will give you amazing results, especially if you’re a fan of symmetry.
The Natasha technique is about using scrap clay (ideally the leftovers of a beautiful cane), but any scrap clay will do, and roll it into a log, then twist the log many, many times (the more you twist it, the more intricate will be the design on the final piece). Then you cut in the middle, align the two pieces together, roll the bead flat and be prepared to be amazed!
I tweaked a little bit this technique and I prefer to choose the colors that I’m going to use and I also like wrapping the logs in polymer clay (in this tutorial I’m using black polymer clay for a higher contrast in the piece). And then I put the logs into a bundle, press them together, twist the bundles several times, press on the ends to make it smaller, roll it with the roller on all sides. Then I use a sharp rigid blade to cut in the middle of the bead (on the side of the bead). A perfect cut will give you a perfect symmetrical design when putting the two pieces together. Than you’ll just have to roll the bead flat.
Here’s the vector graphic of the elephant silhouette that I used in the tutorial. Use the left-click of the mouse and the option Save Image As to save the image to your computer. It’s free for personal and commercial use. Enjoy!
I decided to use colors of polymer clay that I don’t really use on a regular basis: neon colors and glitter polymer clay. Even though I tented the beads while baking them, still the neon colors were not so ”neon” after baking. Still I like the piece very much.
You can spice up the design by adding a stamped impression or by using gold foil and a stencil.
I chose to use Diamond Glaze (this is not very surprising, I know), but you can use resin or you can sand and buff your pieces until you get a beautiful glass-like look.
If you decide to mix two brands of clay with different baking temperature, it is recommended to go with the lowest temperature that goes for both of them.
As always, I hope that you liked the tutorial and that you are inspired to create your own beautiful jewelry pieces, using, why not, your scrap clay!