I truly love playing around with polymer clay. There are a myriad of techniques a person can use to achieve so many different looks. There are so many talented polymer clay artists out there that really inspire me.
When I came across the Rustic Beads and Components Tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree earlier this year, I was intrigued. I purchased it and have been playing around with the techniques I learned in it. I have to say that I've been very happy with the results I've had. The photos below show a few pieces of jewelry I've made with components created from techniques learned in the tutorial.
Overall, I found the tutorial very well written and easy to follow. Of course I like to take basic techniques and play around with them and put my own spin on them, as well. That's half the fun. The headpins that I made with the techniques from the tutorial really just inspired me to make earrings right away. I honestly have never been on such an earring making frenzy, where all the designs just seemed to fall into place right away. I think I made at least a dozen earring in a day with those headpins I created from the tutorial.
I'm very excited to have this whole weekend to devote to playing around with clay and maybe creating some finished jewelry pieces as well.