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Stenciled Polymer Clay Tube Tutorial | Focals for Cord, Kumihimo, Beaded Tubes and Wire work

Okay, I admit it.  I've actually bought curved polymer clay tubes before for my beginner jewelry making students.  But if you are already dabbling in polymer clay, then it pays to learn how to make your own. So watch this tutorial by Shannon of Charleston Clay Studios. She teaches how to stencil and make polymer clay tubes.

You can either hang the tubes vertically as pendants. Or use the curved versions horizontally and string them as the focals in necklaces.

The great thing about making tubes of your own is being able to customize the sizes.  I would make them larger. Then consider using them strung on kumihimo or plain beaded tube work.  I would certainly combine them with wire coils.

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  1. Lovely end product, and a really cool and useful process. :-)
    I know it is a small thing to most people, but she continually pronounces the word 'ombre' as 'om - bree' at first, which set my teeth on edge. Thankfully, she changed that as the video went on. Yay!!

    1. I don't really know how it should be pronounced. Some pronounce it as ombree , others as ohm-ber. It is a French word so I suppose it should be as they say it - OHM-bruh

  2. I've watched this video a number of times and have the stencil she used cued up on my 'to buy' list. I think what she does with the stencil and pastels is brilliant!! And her end product? I've searched for beads just like that many a time, so I'm delighted to have such a great tutorial to help me make it.

    I think making one to slide over a kumihimo tube would be one huge honkin bead Pearl! I'm wondering how many people would like something that big? For me no problem...I like big. Guess this goes back to our discussions on what sizes people will buy and wear.

    Then again, I suppose you could always French knit a tube and then slide it through a draw plate to reduce its size...hmmmm-....the possibilities are endless!


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