Sunday, January 1, 2017

Translucent Polymer Clay Pendant Tutorial

By on Sunday, January 01, 2017 10 Comments

Nan Smith of Nanmade Jewelry is a fellow Canadian who is living a truly creative life now she has retired!  She shared her tutorial for a translucent polymer clay cane pendant. What I love is the pearlescent look which reminds one of mother of pearl shells. The clay turns translucent only after curing.

The tutorial is in 2 parts.  Part 1 covers the making of the millefiori cane. The second part is the tricky bit.

Nan shared the tutorial on Adobe Spark which uses a very different display format.  I found it takes getting used to. What do you think?  Please share your comments below.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this Pear! I am definitely going to give this a try! Happy New year!

    1. Have fun! and Happy New Year to you too!

    2. I love this piece and the Spark format as well!

      I too am definitely going to give this a try once I return to my studio.

      I have to say that us Canadians certainly do rock don't we?!

  2. Lovely idea and nice tutorial, the format took a minute to get used to but I think I like it better than some others I have seen.
    Thanks for the find!!! Happy New Year!!! <3

  3. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing Nan. Beautiful work.

  4. Thank you for the tutorial. Off to try it now. Interesting format for the tutorial - I'm on the fence about it. Maybe I just need to get used to it more. I found that so far I like the way Donna Kato does her tutorials. She has still photos, and talks slowly and clearly over a slide show, that's where you get little hints about how to do it right. If there is a particularly complicated area, she does a very short video of just that part. The tutorials that have a constant video (and a lot of time wasted with the teacher searching for something, or watching paint dry!) I find sometimes interesting, but usually I just get annoyed at the time it takes, when it could be done efficiently in half the time!

  5. I love this style of polymer clay beads! Good for Nan!

  6. I was intrigued by the format--disconcerting at first, but I soon got the hang of it. I love the look of the pendant using translucent clay, but I had to read the second part of the tutorial twice to understand that you are demonstrating a new way to create a hollow that right? I assume that's why you have to pierce it to let the air out. I am going to try this! I hope it holds it shape through the shaping and baking. Thanks.

    1. This way of making puffy but hollow beads is a common technique used by many polymer clay artists. It saves clay as the other way is to use multiple layers. I will be posting about this in the near future.

  7. Very good tutorial but I hate the format, sorry!