December Creative Play Day 12: Java Beads by Candace Jedrowicz

The Cool2Craft Creative Play theme for December is “Give Yourself a Gift.” You give to everyone else during the holidays and all year long. Time to give yourself a treat! Make something, go somewhere, do something that’s just for you and photograph it! Then share it with us – post it on the Cool2Craft Creative Play blog on the Hive. Anything goes! I’m going to run with this theme and craft every day in December. I’ll be posting tutorials and videos as well as making some kits available at the Marketplace. Join me on Cool2Craft for 31 days of blissful, healing, creative play and give yourself the gift of play, too! [Candace J.]

You’re probably tired of hearing me talk about coffee, but I LOVE it! Choosing the right cup can be a sensory delight. How does the shape nestle in your hands?  Is the ceramic glaze glossy, or does it feel buttery to your fingertips? These polymer clay beads are super easy and fun to make! Forming the beads involves foreshortened perspective. Just as though you were sketching a cup, the shapes that are normally round appear elliptical.
I made my beads using leftover polymer clay from previous projects. I used a glittered lavender and a marbled purple.
These are the four steps of forming the low relief beads.  See?  Easy as pie!
Gently make holes in the beads and bake according to the clay directions.
If you want to turn the beads into earrings, you’ll need some 20 gauge wire and jewelry making tools and maybe a few beads. I like to twist the wires to look like steam is rising from the cups. I’m a believer in accessories that move with you so I added glass bead moons and a little dangling wires that I flattened with a chasing hammer.
These dangling darlings are ready for ear wires!

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