Starting with a Round Shape:
When I see beautiful polymer clay jewelry, I quickly take a screen shot so I can share with everyone how creative jewelry clay artists can be. This is one of the design types that I love: It takes a simple design, with simple techniques, and with a few added elements and a few findings, the artist turns it into a piece of art.
This pendant starts off with a brass filigree background. A green polymer clay cabochon is flattened a little bit and attached to the back. Then tiny balls of purple, pink, white and green polymer clay are formed into petals and meticulously added and laid out in a floral pattern.
I cannot see from this picture, which is the only one I discovered on Pinterest, what shap is exactly in the middle, or it might be a small finding, but all together, it is beautiful.
The pendant is attached to what looks like cord and ribbons with a simple jump ring. With an added macrame slip know tie in back, this can be worn at any length around the neck. It’s just beautiful.
Earrings or Pendants:
Above is another example of simplicity turned into intricate artworks. The cabochon on the right appears to be a pendant with the cords running through the cabochon. However, the cabochon to the left is without cording. Either way, this is another example of how clever polymer clay jewelry artists can be.
This cabochon appears to be made from red polymer clay, and has stamped etchings into the clay, creating a textured pattern on top. I cannot tell whether the artist used freehand drawing to make the textured lines or whether it was done with a stamp. Either way, it really adds to the design.
Next there are little flowers and shapes added on top. Then it appears that there was black paint or ink applied to give the shapes more definition.
What I love is the simplicity of it all, but how it ends up being quite detailed with so much to focus on.
My Favorite Cabochons:
The cabochons above are my favorites. Once again, simplicity elevated to an art form. These cabochons are either glass or clear resin. The setting are hand made from polymer clay coils and tiny beads. These are so beautiful and they are so creative.
I am guessing at how I would go about making them, and I plan to make them soon, but it looks like the clear cabochons do not have a “clay backing”. So I would start with a rectangle of clay and cut out the shape of the cabochon. Then I would build up the coils around the edges of the cabochons and then cut out the clay backing to match it.
When I make my own, I will be sure to post a video and instructions.
Jewelry Push Mold – Oval Shapes
Here is a jewelry mold to make oval shapes available in the online store.