Bedecked Beads Blog, Handmade Jewellery and Gifts, Cheshire

Welcome to Bedecked Beads Jewellery Blog. Here I am exploring the use of polymer clay and observations of the handmade world

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  1. Valerie Anderson WorkshopsIt is always good to look forward to new challenges and now we are more or less settled in I am looking at teaching a beginners workshop at my home in Cheshire, working with polymer clay to create your own jewellery. This  will be an introductory course for an individual over 4 hours and it would include all materials and drinks with a cost of £40.00. If this is something that would interest you, please let me know by leaving a comment below.

  2. It isnt vital that you sign your jewellery but a lot of people do it ! 

    There are different ways of signing your work

    • Make a signature cane
    • Order a Customised Stamp ( many people making 3D cutters now offer these)
    • Make your own stamp

    I have made a signature cane and sometimes use this on the back of my larger pieces ie.necklaces and pendants.

    My friend ordered a fabulous customised stamp from Hobbyrian but unfortunateley she is no longer shipping to the UK since Brexit.

    Conditioning Polymer Clay


    I have found during lockdown that I have played with clay more, so I decided to make one ! It is also a great way to use scrap clay. First I rolled some scrap clay through a pasta machine and conditioned it.





    I rolled through on the thickest setting and then made three layers of clay (oops sorry for the blurriness of the photo. I then cut this out with a small square Kemper cutter.

    Signature stamp for clay




    I then rolled out very thin snakes of clay and and placed them on the square shape I had previously made, not forgetting to reverse my initials !

    You can see the small size of this compared to my fingernails.

    I decided then to make a small handle, so carefully rolled a stick of clay, gently making a ridge in the middle with a skewer which makes if easier to hold. Even though both parts of these were raw, I added some bake and bond to ensure a strong hold. I then supported it on some cardboard in my oven.                                                                               

    Handmade Signature Stamp-Bedecked Beads



    And  here is the finished piece complete with handle




    Et Voila, not a bad imprint for a first try !

    Signature stamp imprint


  3. What affect has lockdown had on your creativity? Unfortunately I havent been as creative as I should be but I hope that will improve. I have taken part in various Zoom sessions with the Scottish Polymer Clay Group and also the British Polymer Clay Guild I have lots of excuses for my lack of creativity, as most of us do! We are planning to move to England and have had to go house hunting and have been busy destashing and tidying up, so gone is my clay mess on the dining table and I am now in the spare bedroom, frightened to make a mess ! You never know when a buyer may turn up.

    I feel as though I have all this extra time but it becomes more difficult to focus. Have you experienced that at all?

    Bedecked Beads Jewellery,WorkspaceHere is my VERY tidy workspace and as you can see I have been working on some new seam rippers which will be added VERY soon.

    During one of our Zoom sessions, we were meant to be working on slabs (which are not really my thing). 

    However you can incorporate some of the techniques into other I embraced my inner lockdown madness....




     I was inspired by colour, texture, Cubism, Picasso and the late Liz Welch who made some terrific jewellery. So here is my homage to them, unique face brooches in quirky designs.

    Quirky Brooch, Unique Brooches UK