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Gorgeous Polymer Clay Jewelry and Tutorial by Helen Breil

All along Helen Breil's career in IT,  she developed a parallel interest in the creative arts. Once semi-retirement beckoned, she discovered the world of polymer clay and became fully immersed in it.  Based in Guelph, this fellow Canadian is a founding member of the Southern Ontario Polymer Clay Guild.

Radiating Beads
Her skill and innovative designs in her chosen medium are evident in numerous publications of her work.  They are all works of art.

Helen's design in the July 2010 Art Jewelry Magazine issue
Necklace from Big Twist Series
Her richly detailed designs shows her attention to detail and meticulous craftsmanship.  So it should come as no surprise to learn that the Coleous necklace below won first place in the 2010 International Polymer Clay Association Progress and Possibilities competition in the Intermediate jewelry category.

These pictures were chosen - with great difficulty - from her wonderful Flicker set which includes some of her tutorial pictures. This gorgeous free one below, the String Bead tutorial is on her website.

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  1. I don't know why I think of polymer clay as more of a "craft" item than a really jewelry item! I love the last necklace especially - so clever!

  2. They are all clever and really beautiful works of art! Very inspiring!

  3. Such breathtaking craftsmanship..all so intricate..I can only envy this sort of patience and skill

  4. Fabulous article about an inspired and inspiring artist -- thanks so much!

  5. Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor !
    Each piece defies exclamations, they're each stupendously, gloriously gorgeous. Just the photos of them alone are works of art suitable for framing.

    I looked at her tutorial for her "string beads", it was very clear but would take a speed reader to be able to study each picture and read the instructions. I can see I would have to view it a number of times.

  6. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments everyone! Almost Precious you can use the controls in the bottom of the slideshow to manually step through each image. Or use the ipad version to go to the Picassa page where you can view each step manually.

  7. I love the polymer beads. They have definitely inspired me to see if I could blend buttons and polymer to make my own focal beads.

  8. The polymer beads, have definitely inspired me to see if I can mix buttons and clay for my own focal pendants.


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