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How to Make Swirly Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorials

I can't remember who was the first person who came up with the swirly polymer clay technique.  Perhaps one of you knows? Tell us in the comments. (Update : readers have been quick to point out Desiree's tutorial.  Thanks!)  Here are a couple of tutorials which show how the spiral effect can be achieved. The first one, by The Craft Hacker,  exploits the spiral effect and glitter for a cool galaxy look.


This fun technique does require practice as the perspex plate has to be kept level and the rotation done on the spot and in one direction.






I found Cindy Lietz, a Canadian polymer clay instructor very helpful in explaining the mechanics in her tutorial.  She further explains how rotating in large circles produces a pronounced lentil shape. While small circles yields a flatter disc.  I loved how she used a cane mosaic for the second swirly bead.





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6 comments:

  1. I'm thinking Desiree McCrorey might have come up with it first.

    That's my guess anyway. :0)

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  2. think it was Desiree at www.desiredcreations.com = she had an early tutorial for this.

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    1. Thanks! Looks like you are right if others remember Desiree of Desiredcreations too!

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  3. Laura Timmins is the first creator of the swirl technique: http://www.lauratimmins.com/Process/ Unfortunately Laura often does not get the credit so I wanted to set the record straight! I heard the background story directly from her.

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    1. Thanks so much for this Helen. It is very difficult to credit properly after a long time. And people are no longer sure.

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