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I have always loved things that sparkle and glimmer.  I have been using glitter on some of the barrettes to halp create that effect.

My earlier ones where simply braids of polymer clay covers with glitter and then sealed with a finish.Glittery Blue Braid Barrette

I have been playing with creating more dimension with the glitteriness.  I will say that this is one of my favorite seasonal barrette.

Glimmering Holly Sprig Barrette  I really like how the light reflects off of the glitter and the dimension that it creates.

 

When using glitter with polymer clay.  I recommend that you only use metal glitter.  You can test a small amount of glitter on a piece of paper in the oven at the temp that the clay is cured at.  If the glitter does not melt, it will work with the clay and not turn into a gooey mess.  I, also, always cover the barrettes that i add glitter to with some sort of sealer. Flecto Varathane is a good choice, it is now sold by RustOleum.  (For more information on this check out the following website, http://www.polyclay.com/flecto.htm  )  There are other glazes that work with polymer clay but this is the one that I have always had the best results with.  I know many artists that use Triple Thick with luck but be aware that the spray kind stays sticky.

 

Today, I have spent some time creating barrettes that will show case some of the Herkimer Diamond Chips that I have.

I have been working with a number of flower canes that I have gotten off of e-bay and ones that I have made to create a field of flowers for the background.  I have then added some dimensional butterflies made from the butterfly canes that I made last spring.  This is one of the butterfly canes that I am using.

In the newest barrettes, where the black body is, I will be adding a Herkimer Chip.  I just have to go and find a glue to use.  As soon as I do, I will post pictures of them.

 

I have many questions about using the gems that I found in North Carolina and the Herkimer Diamonds.  I need to do some resource before I include them in barrettes.

I have questions about how well the stones will handle the heat if I bake them with the polymer clay.  I know that some gemstones will change colors under heat but I am not sure of how high of temperatures need to be.  I am not sure how to attach the gems after the clay is cured.  I need to find glues that won’t discolor or harm the stones or clay. 

I do plan on experimenting with the Herkimers and the oven.  I am going to put one of the small chips that I have in the oven while I am baking barrettes.  That will tell me if the Herkimers will handle the heat with out cracking or changing colors.  I know that when mining the Herkimers, they can crack when you open up a vug.  (A vug is what the “holes” that the stones are formed in.)  The quick temperature change affects them.  But will the temp of the oven do that as well?  I have not found any information on that, so I just that I need to experiment on my own.

I will keep you all posted on the experiments and what I find out.

Here are more of the beads that I made out of the Mokume Gane block done in jewelry.  

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This necklace is made with yellow, red, green and topaz glass beads, amber chips and polymer clay beads.  I used a copper flower clasp as a side focal.  It is a very different look for me to make. 

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These bracelet is with the polymer clay and topaz beads.  The topaz brings the orange in the Mokume Gane clay more then the yellow.  I really like the darker look.

This set of jewelry comes from the same Mokume Gane block that I have been working with all last month.

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The earrings are made with lentals that have not been pressed into the round shape, so they are actually bi-cones.  The yellow beads came from a friend of mine after I told her how hard of a time I was having finding the right yellow beads!  They are perfect!

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