Craft with clay
Pop into any craft shop and you will see a wide variety of crafting clay. My personal favourite is Jovi or Das air-drying clay, but there is also polymer clay, femo, sculpey and a host of other types of clay that you can use for crafting. If you want to try out Jovi clay, pop into Showbiz at Cresta Centre, or your local craft/hobby shop.
The most popular clay craft is making jewellery, because let's be honest, it's not always easy to find what you are looking for at the right price. Plus, with clay you can create truly one-of-a-kind jewellery.
There are plenty of tools that you can use for crafting with clay, but I prefer to use what's available and will often grab for a pencil for drawing designs (or a stamp), a toothpick for small detail and smoothing edges - also great for making holes - a craft knife, rolling pin and smooth glass cutting board.
Reese Dixon offers a pretty basic step-by-step on making your own jewellery. But it really is very easy to do. Cut off what you need - gently knead to warm up - mix in any colours - shape!
Delighted Momma had a great idea that she was going to open up an Etsy shop...then got pregnant and realized there was no time for something extra. Instead she shares how to make your own jewellery. So here is to another fun and super easy polymer clay jewellery project. This is s great project to start with if you are a beginner or polymer clay seems intimidating to you. You can not mess this one up. You will also find plenty of tips on how to work with polymer clay and a few other jewellery projects.
With Mother's Day not too far away, if you start getting crafty with polymer clay now you will be quite experienced when it comes to making gifts for family and friends. Visiting Etsy will provide you with more than enough inspiration for your next clay project.
If you are starting out for the first time, the easiest project to try your hand at is flat beadware. Simply by conditioning (kneading or warming up) the clay, rolling it out and drawing a design is a first step towards more advanced jewellery projects. The above pendants have been decorated with small glass beads. (by Georgia P Designs)
For those of you who prefer visual instructions, check out this video.