Polymer clay is all the rage in do-it-yourself circles. And no wonder, relatively inexpensive, polymer clay comes in a wide range of colors and has many applications. Chiefly, polymer clay is polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that is soft and malleable until baked when it becomes hard. You can mix, swirl or stack colors to make patterns or mimic faux stones. Moreover, you can roll it, texture it and shape it. To cure it, place it in a preheated 275-degree oven. Bake for 15 minutes per ¼ of thickness.
Likewise, one fun application of this material is in the making of polymer clay beads to use in jewelry making. And the possibilities are endless when making clay beads. But don’t worry if you are not skilled in clay. Rhinestones Etc. now carries clay beads and will be stocking new colors in the coming weeks.
A Brief History of Polymer Clay
Notably, the origins of this type of clay began in Germany in the 1930s with Kathe Kruse. A renowned doll-maker, she was experimenting with different clays in order to produce a more detailed face for her dolls. But it was her daughter, Sophie Rehbinder Kruse, who made a breakthrough that developed into present-day FIMO clay.
Here in the US other people were experimenting with forms of polymer clay. One such company, Zenith Products Company accidentally created its own form in the 1960s. Originally developed as a thermal transfer compound, it failed to work as intended. When it was suggested for use in the arts and crafts, it was marketed under the Sculpey name.
Today, there are several brands of polymer clay to choose from. Additionally, there are specialty clays such as liquid, mica, and translucent. Indeed, polymer clay continues to gain popularity, as there seems to be no end to the possibilities.
Polymer Clay Beads
One of the greatest attributes of polymer clay is that when mixed, the finished product can mimic stone or metal. Complimentary colors can be swirled together to make a bead suitable for macramé bracelets or earrings. Glue small size rhinestones on to clay beads to make pave beads. Add 3/16 grommets and your bead is great to add to your charm bracelet.
Not handy with clay? Not a problem as Rhinestones Etc. now stock polymer clay beads as well as pave beads. In the coming weeks, we’ll be adding additional colors. In addition, we have plenty of rhinestones to purchase as well. With over 10 years with online selling experience and great customer service, we can help you find the supplies you need.
I have been adding bling for over 20 years. Through my projects, I hope you find inspiration.