New Rustic Components from Polymer Clay

***Update*** I’m proud to announce that I’ve released the Rustic Beads and Components Tutorial that explains how to make the beads in this post. I’m really pretty proud of it. Go check it out!

I know I’ve worked mostly with translucent polymer clay lately, and I will get back to it again soon. But I’ve felt another artistic phase pulling for my attention. I needed to create some components for my Bead Soup Blog Party entry and so I started playing with rich, deep, complex rusty crusty grungy color treatments to my polymer clay creations. Of course once I got started, it was hard to stop. I have more planned. I want to make some headpins, more 3 way connectors, and some spacer beads. Maybe even some focal beads.

These connectors would be really fantastic worked into the rustic and tribal jewelry that’s so popular lately. Linked with wire loops and lampworked beads, these would make gorgeous necklaces and the little connector set would make cool earrings. Well, at least that’s what I’m going to do with them. Next to try some more spring-like color combinations. And maybe…some glittery sparkle! (I’m thinking already of crystals and flowers and…and…) Off I go, into the studio. I’ll post pictures of the first sneak peeks over on my Facebook page, so make sure you’ve “liked” me over there. See you soon!Camellia rustic component jewelry connector made from polymer clay. Set of six rustic polymer clay components with turquoise bubble patterns. Rustic component connector made from polymer clay in the shape of a camellia for use in jewelry design. Rustic component connector made from polymer clay in the shape of a sunflower for use in jewelry design. Rustic component connector in tribal motif by The Blue Bottle Tree. Rustic component connector made from polymer clay in the shape of a gear or flower for use in jewelry design.


8 thoughts on “New Rustic Components from Polymer Clay”

  1. These are super. I also read your series regarding tools and will be buying a pin drill and microbrushes very soon. I, too, am tired of using toothpicks for so many things!
    I love to just “wade” through your site looking at all the beautiful art. It’s an immediate cheer-me-up on an overcast day.

    1. Wow, Karen, thank you. Your comment cheered me up immensely! I hear you about the toothpicks. They have their uses, but certainly not for everything!

  2. You do such beautiful work!!! I play with clay as well! Haven’t for awhile. Mine is in the studio somewhere as well.
    Love to know how you made the pieces, very pretty.

  3. They are all fabulous, I especially love the second last green connector, just gorgeous and you are right, they would make great earrings. You are slowly but surely inspiring me to get off my ipad and get back in my sadly neglected studio.

    1. Ha, if only I could be more inspired to get up off this computer and spend MORE time in the studio! I’m glad that I’m giving you a little nudge. I think we’re all happier when we get off our electronics and go do productive things.

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