How-To Desk  

This page lists polymer clay tutorials I've produced, including techniques to help you make great beads, jewelry, canes, boxes, etc. Some projects are easy, some are more advanced, but hopefully you find all of them fun. Thank you for visiting.

    Polymer Clay Projects & Techniques

Polymer Clay Tools

     

Altoid Tins Covered

It's back, by popular demand! My step by step guide on how to cover an Altoid tin. It's great box for storing earrings, beads, Q-tips, and other small treasures.

Basic Skinner Blends

Learn the fundamentals of using your pasta machine to create smooth color gradient sheets.

Bead-N-Bead (Lost Wax)

How to do lost wax process with polymer clay to create a mystical bead inside of a bead inside of a bead.

Braided Rainbow Cane

How to create a psychedelic rainbow pattern by doing my braided cane technique. This project is also hosted by the March 2001 issue of the only online magazine devoted exclusively to polymer clay - Polyzine.

Brass Wire Bezel Pendant

A mixed media project. Baffle folks with a dazzling display of wireworking skill and precision! Create a beautiful brass wire framed polymer clay pendant.

Bullseye Lace Cane

Step by step visual instructions on how to construct a simple bullseye cane that ends up looking like intricately delicate lace. And learn how to make lace beads that can be the highlight of a beautiful necklace.

Butterfly Wing Bead

Step by step visual instructions on how to construct an intricately beautiful bead with a pattern that resembles a butterfly wing.

Casablanca Beads

Want to make simply scrumptious beads. Skinner blend and color fans, go for it with these intense babies.

Chevron Style Beads

How to create beads that resemble those beautiful glass chevron beads.

Clay Hands

A simple method to create polymer clay hands.

Clay Feet

A simple method to create polymer clay feet.

Faux Ivory/Bone Horn

How to create a very realistic looking and decorative horn or tooth.

Faux Ivory/Bone Pendant

How to create a very realistic looking and decorative ivory/bone panel.

Faux Lapis Lazuli

A simple way to use polymer clay to mimic the beautiful effects of Lapis Lazuli.

Faux Snakeskin, Honeycombs or ???

Step by step visual instructions on how to create a an interpretative pattern. Everyone sees something different, so it's up to you to help sort it all out!

Fish Cane - Inspired by Steve Wood

Step by step instructions with images on how to build a complex geometric fish cane from a group of very simple canes.

Halloween Clay Horns

Very simple yet extremely fun decor for that fun day!

Kaleidoscope Plates

Clear step by step instructions on how to make a decorative kaleidoscope light switch cover plate.

Lentil Swirl Beads

How to make solid lentil beads with hypnotic swirls using the bicone plate method.

Necklace Closure

How to attach a Toggle clasp to make an easy and classy corded necklace.

Necklace Closures 2

Read about a few more basic necklace closures.

Sparkling Moss Agate Beads

Step by step visual instructions on how to create a beautiful replica and variation of Moss Agate, by adding a sparkling copper effect.

Tattooing Polymer Clay

See how to use body tattoo decals on polymer clay.

Transfer Experiment

Transfer techniques using transparencies, sprays and clay creates a 'water colory' effect.

Wildflower Langloisia Petal Cane

You may feel like you've taken a stroll through a virtual high desert after making flowers with this striking floral cane.


 

Possible future how tos (no promises):

  • colorless clay mokume gane
  • dye and paint stencil effect
  • metal cup bezels for clay
  • clay and wire hook&eye clasp
  • faux fossils (a tribute to Steve Wood)
  • slicing canes with a mandolin
 
   

Last update to this page: 29 Mar 09. Send comments, questions or suggestions to Desiree McCrorey.