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From: katerinabjwl2/11/13 2:24 AM 
To: All  (1 of 8) 

Just wanted to say hi and jump in.  I've been making jewelry for many years now, but just made my first pieces of polymer clay yesterday.  I originally wanted to try lampworking, like my mom did, but the start-up costs (as well as ongoing costs) to do it right are too much for me right now.  From making my first pieces, I actually like it since I can do detail work.


I have a few pictures of the best that came out posted for sale on my Etsy store.  If you're interested, the necklace is here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/123302617/silver-blue-necklace-blue-white-egg

one of my bead sets is here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/123299631/blue-white-large-hole-beads-delft-blue

I'm sure as I make more, I'll cringe just like I do when thinking of my first jewelry pieces. But, for now I like what I made.  I used Kato clay and a new convection oven with separate in-oven temperature gauge to cure the beads.  I hand wet-sanded them, and then buffed them using the $7 (with coupon) Harbor Freight cheap rotary tool. 

Katerina B



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From: Melody012/11/13 7:41 AM 
To: katerinabjwl  (2 of 8) 
 70268.2 in reply to 70268.1 

Hi Katerina and welcome to PCC and the wonderful world of polymer clay! Lovely Delft blue PC pieces in your Etsy store. Looking forward to seeing where your PC journey takes you.
Happy Claying,
Anita in AZ


From: gilladian2/11/13 8:03 AM 
To: katerinabjwl  (3 of 8) 
 70268.3 in reply to 70268.1 
They're pretty! I don't think you'll ever need to cringe at them...

From: katerinabjwl2/15/13 12:52 AM 
To: gilladian  (4 of 8) 
 70268.4 in reply to 70268.3 

Thank you.  The cringe factor is just part of my process. I've had it with my paintings as well as my jewelry.  With any art or craft, people improve over time so that the first pieces are not as good as the more recent pieces. 

I made a flickr account for my polymer clay pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/93240179@N06/

I'm really enjoying the process of creating things I've been wanting to make for a long time.  I'm still not enjoying the sanding, though.  My partner mentioned making a sanding machine I can use to wet sand to shorten the time spent sanding.  That would be cool. 

Thank you for looking at my first pictures and responding.

Katerina B.




From: gilladian2/15/13 7:59 AM 
To: katerinabjwl  (5 of 8) 
 70268.5 in reply to 70268.4 

One "sanding device" people use is to take an electric toothbrush with interchangeable heads - the kind that go in a circular motion - and glue a grit of sandpaper cut into a disc to each head. Then use the rechargeable toothbrush to hold the paper as you sand. I've never used one, but many people swear by them.

If I ever want to do volume sanding for beads, I'll get a rock tumbler and use Desiree's river rock tumbling method. Mostly, I make flat pendants or small sets of beads, and do minimal sanding... or leave them natural!


From: AuntGriz2/16/13 8:39 PM 
To: katerinabjwl  (6 of 8) 
 70268.6 in reply to 70268.1 
Hi Katerina, nice to meet you.  Looks like you are off to a good start.  I look forward to seeing more of your work.  

The folks here are great so if you ever need help just holler... 


From: 7Jackie DelphiPlus Member Icon2/17/13 4:31 PM 
To: katerinabjwl  (7 of 8) 
 70268.7 in reply to 70268.1 

Hi Katerina,

Welcome to PCC! I'm sure you'll do great with polymer clay, you have a great way with jewelry already. Nice work! Best of luck!



From: katerinabjwl2/21/13 12:22 AM 
To: 7Jackie DelphiPlus Member Icon  (8 of 8) 
 70268.8 in reply to 70268.7 

Thank you for all your wonderful replies.  I will look into the toothbrush idea if my partner runs out of time for making his sanding thing.  I also have a tumbler with the river rocks, but I'm afraid to ruin a good set of beads.  Maybe after I pull out a set I'm not happy with or too many at one time I'll give it a shot.  I also buffed without sanding a few, and they came out nice.  So maybe sanding all of them is not required if they're already smooth. 

Thank you,




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