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MilleD

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Re: March - Bead / Jewellery Gallery Thread
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2016, 07:42:03 PM »
Ooh, I like them Jon, they look really 'finished' if you know what I mean.

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« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2016, 10:13:16 PM »
A cool idea, Joe.  Do the magnets make a strong connection?

The tile pendants look great, Jon. :-)
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Re: March - Bead / Jewellery Gallery Thread
« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2016, 08:03:30 AM »
Well done all of you.
Nice use of the magnets!

Your tiles look really sharp in those bezels Jon! I like them a lot. Jon now not only clay abuser but also bezel abuser. 
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Re: March - Bead / Jewellery Gallery Thread
« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2016, 08:17:14 AM »
Thanks folks, yeah, they look like 'proper' jewellery ;-)
Defined edges somehow make things look more finished. . .
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Re: March - Bead / Jewellery Gallery Thread
« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2016, 09:17:30 AM »
A cool idea, Joe.  Do the magnets make a strong connection?

The tile pendants look great, Jon. :-)

I used 5mm by 2mm Neodymium Disc Magnets . They pass the shake test. I could not shake open the bangle, even with furious arm movements. They fail to keep a 1Kg weight up.

Avoid heart pacemaker wearers.
You need a nice clean join on the magnets.
DO NOT heat the magnets in oven as they lose their attraction.
Sandpaper the gluing sides for added purchase. I used resin as glue.

Really, I should have designed from the magnets first (adapt the clay to the size of the magnets) and not the other way around. I tried  4mm by 0.5mm disc magnets, these were a bit fiddly and weaker.

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Re: March - Bead / Jewellery Gallery Thread
« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2016, 05:59:41 PM »
Brilliant makes one and all - Jon, loving those pendants!

Joe - great bangles and thank you for sharing your experience and expertise with us on the magnets. Its a very cool idea, just perfect for bangles.

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Re: March - Bead / Jewellery Gallery Thread
« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2016, 07:28:57 PM »
Don't get the idea that using magnets is my idea. I was influenced by some magnetic clasps I bought and also a recent book called "Hinged Clay Bracelets - new ways to link polymer clay bracelet parts" by Gloria Uhler - http://www.domestic-divaonline.com.

She has some interesting ideas in the book but makes a massive mistake by using E6000. I've tried E6000 and it doesn't really work well - http://thebluebottletree.com/best-glue-for-polymer-clay/#comment-7482 (you can see the prototype beta .5 on the facebook link), I've tried some J-B Weld, it failed on a test plastic piece I tried, maybe I didn't use enough, but I then tried it on a toilet seat where the screwed hinges were loose because the cheap fibreboard (MDF ?) seat is so brittle and doesn't engage the screws well. It is as solid as a rock now.

In the book, she has a side mount magnet bangle, where she just cuts  a 2 inch section out of a bangle and fixes the magnets with E6000. She also does bangles with hinges,  and looking at my Warman's Jewelry 2002 book - it lists a hinged bangle from 1830 - so ideas might be older than you think.

I think I might try a hinge bracelet but conceptually I don't think the thing will be very solid. Won't it flop about a bit?

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Re: March - Bead / Jewellery Gallery Thread
« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2016, 09:58:44 AM »
I think with polymer if you want a snugger fit for a bangle, you can just make a cuff style with a gap in it.  The inherent flexibility of polymer then allows it to be slightly opened to push onto the wrist.

As far as I can tell from that book, the 'hinging' is just a way of connecting components isn't it, rather than a new way of fastening?

Edit to add:  I see there is a bit of a mish mash of connecting and fastening going on there.  I think there is also a cuff style bangle - not sure how that fits in with the hinge theme?

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« Reply #23 on: March 12, 2016, 10:53:11 PM »
The shake test sounds pretty sound to me, Joe!

I've done quite a bit of reading about polymer clay and glues.  This article was very useful, but the general impression is not to trust joining polymer clay to anything with glue alone. ...

http://thebluebottletree.com/best-glue-for-polymer-clay/

I tried Araldite and Superglue on a piece and they just didn't seem to work.  This E6000 seems to be recommended, but obviously that has problems too.  I tried Humbrol Clearfix which seemed to be pretty good.  Clearfix is used by model makers to glue things like plastic canopies because it doesn't melt polystyrene plastic like polystyrene cement does and it dries clear - important when gluing clear aircraft canopies etc.  Maybe it doesn't react so much with the plasticisers in polymer clay.

I've seen tutorials for making jewellery hinges but, of course, the problem is making sure they are securely fixed to the clay.  It's certainly a poser!  I think the hinge would have to be physically embedded in the polymer clay as well as glued to be secure. :-\
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Re: March - Bead / Jewellery Gallery Thread
« Reply #24 on: March 14, 2016, 04:38:03 PM »
I bought a tutorial from Polymer Clay Tutor to make a necklace I really liked.  I was really most interested to see how the reptile effect pattern was done.  Some have said it looks like peacock feather pattern so I suppose it could be either.  It's kind of a cross between cane and mokume-gane techniques.  I just thought it was lovely.  I didn't use exactly the right colours, but I just had to try it out.  As a result, my latest pieces are all based around the sheets of polymer clay I made.

A simple pendant ...

 

I love 3D jewellery so had the idea of doing this hollow open design with bronze clay embossed with an art nouveau pattern on the inside ...



I had some interesting scraps left over which I didn't want to waste and so arranged them into an interesting shape with some 3D elements.  It took longer than you would think.  ;D



When I get some silver wire, I shall attempt the necklace in the tutorial which is made of hollow beads in increasing sizes.  And this time, I'll use the correct colours.  ;D
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Re: March - Bead / Jewellery Gallery Thread
« Reply #25 on: March 14, 2016, 04:43:45 PM »
Really nice peacock effect!
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Re: March - Bead / Jewellery Gallery Thread
« Reply #26 on: March 14, 2016, 06:29:41 PM »
Beautiful!  I like the colourway....l have the tutorial (unused as yet) and forget what colours Cindy used.  Your round pendant is stunning!

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Re: March - Bead / Jewellery Gallery Thread
« Reply #27 on: March 14, 2016, 07:11:27 PM »
Thank you, Karolina and Carrie.  :)


Carrie, it is a lovely tutorial and Cindy has such a lovely way of teaching.  I think the colours are  Premo antique gold, navy blue, pearl peacock and pearl bright green.  I used 18ct. gold by mistake and didn't have navy blue and used another dark blue instead.  I think the technique worked well though and was happy with the result.  And, of course, it could be done with different colours.
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Re: March - Bead / Jewellery Gallery Thread
« Reply #28 on: March 15, 2016, 09:08:01 PM »
My latest and greatest - Marine green bangle. Spiral helix with marble type core.

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« Reply #29 on: March 15, 2016, 10:39:40 PM »
I like that one especially, Joe.  I think green and purple look great together.  :)
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