Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Gorgeous Beads

Most jewelry designers include some sort of beads in their work.  These range from tiny seed beads to, large and in your face,  focal beads.  Since I work, a good deal in polymer clay, I often peruse the works of some of the talented artisans from the Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild on Art Fire.

Some of these artists make and sell individual groups of beads for others to create with.  Some create intricate canes, which are  cylinders raw polymer clay that depict a myriad of designs including faces, flowers or abstract designs.  Others make beads to use in their own work.  But whatever reason, these beads can be beautiful,  wonderfully silly or striking.     

I've chosen a few to feature here, for all to see.

This bracelet is a striking mix of polymer clay flower beads and hammered copper.  It was created by Flower Childs Artsy Jewelry  and is a gorgeous blend of metal and polymer clay.

This lovely focal bead necklace by Creative Sisters  features a lentil swirled bead with a tiny flower atop a bed of leaves and comes with a rayon ribbon and waxed cord necklace.
This Euro style large hole bead by Blue Morning Expressions  is an example of a polymer clay bead made using cane work.  The attention to detail is amazing!
This set of 11 leaf beads by Prescence  would be wonderful on a charm bracelet or a necklace.
This necklace featuring watermelon beads by Kael MiJoy  is fun and funky and perfect for your next cook out.

All in all, the Smooshers are a talented group, creating wonderful pieces of jewelry art work that anyone would be proud to wear.


  1. I am amazed at the creativity that these artists who have made such gorgeous creations from something as ordinary as polymer clay.

  2. Very meaningful article for me. I like to smoosh a bit myself. Getting ready to play with clay today as a matter of fact. Spent a good bit of yesterday evening kneading the colors into the special ones I wanted for a project I plan to work on today.

    A very inspiring article. Thanks!

  3. Wow, those are indeed gorgeous beads! So much talent these Smooshers have! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for the lesson. Now I know what a cane is. I'd seen it before and really wondered. I love the bead by Blue Mountain to check it out!
    Putman Lake Designs

  5. Wow, what a great visual description of the different ways to use polymer clay. Thank you for sharing.

  6. The smooshers is a group of amazing polymer clay artists. Such wonderful items you have showcased today! Thank you for sharing.

  7. I always enjoy your smooshers posts and collections, Nancy! Such a very talented group as this blog post shows. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Nice post - you've illustrated how polymer clay can be whimsical, elegant, and everything in between. The watermelon beads are amazing to me. Such clean crisp color changes, no blending of the the clay colors at all. Thanks for writing about it.

  9. I love seeing creations by the Smooshers and these are no exception! Always amazed at what can be done with polymer clay - it seems there's no limit with this remarkable material.