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~ Random Thoughts ~
My brother calls this one "Gothic." I just designed a necklace around a silver heart pendant that I've had for the longest time.
Gothic Necklace
I added black seed beads, silver daisies, and deep red freshwater pearls. I was surprised at how a simple design could look very attractive.

The first day I wore it, I had to stop by a couple of stores for errands. The sales clerk at Barnes and Noble asked if I make my jewelry, adding that it looked "professional." The cashier at Michael's asked the same question and said it looks "very nice." With a broad smile, I nodded, handed out a business card, and said, "There's more at my website." Even if they don't come around at all, I sure had a blast receiving the compliments. Simple joys make my day.

Polymer Clay Beads and Cord Bracelets For Sale (Philippines)

My polymer clay handmade bead bracelets are for sale again.

I had to shutter my Etsy store where I sold these bracelets because our family had to relocate to Manila. Now that the dust has somewhat settled, I’m selling again. Although, for now, to customers in the Philippines only (I’ll soon figure out how to ship overseas). One of these days I will reopen my Etsy store.

This batch of bracelets is PhP280 each. With free gift packaging (see photos). Pick-up is preferred. Shipping (within the Philippines) is additional. Payment can be cash or through Paypal, bank deposit, and local money transfer.

All the beads are polymer clay — lightweight, tough, and inert. This batch has no metal parts. The sizes fit wrists measuring 6 to 7 inches. I can resize if necessary. And oh, there’s a lifetime warranty. My lifetime. If (or when) the cord breaks, I will happily restring, no charge, no questions asked.

As always, I’m open to suggestions, ideas, and insights. Depending on available materials and resources, I can accept commissioned pieces.

Please email me [ rubybayan@gmail.com ] so that we can talk about logistics.

Thanks!

Latest Update: All of these bracelets are SOLD. They remain in the gallery as inspiration for custom requests (subject to availability of materials). Click on the images for high-res versions.

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Hearts and Cords Bracelet

I’ve grown to love this type of project because it’s easy, but mostly because the bracelet is light, natural, and has no metal parts. I used non-toxic, inert polymer clay beads that I made myself and strung them together with waxed cord, which I love to work with because of its versatility and durability.

Hearts and Cords Bracelet

Let me share how I made this “Hearts and Cords” bracelet.

I scoured through my stash of handmade polymer clay beads (I’ll share how I did those in future posts) and waxed cord. I found enough pink hearts to complete a bracelet and paired them with pink and white cords.

Polymer Clay Beads by Ruby Bayan
Waxed Cord

Estimating that I wear a 6.5-inch bracelet, I cut about 15-inch lengths of the pink and white cords to account for the loop clasp and the knots in between the beads. I crocheted the clasp loop and knotted it closed into a size that will allow the last bead to go through.

Crocheted Waxed Cord

Then it was just a matter of stringing the heart-shaped beads and tying a knot in between each one. I spaced the knots a little loose so that the hearts can have some wiggle room. The last bead, which would serve as part of the clasp, would face the other way so that the loop catches into the valley of the heart bead. Then the last knot would hold the last heart in place. A drop of glue on the last knot secures the end of the bracelet.

Knotted Cord

Very easy. Very light. Environment-friendly.

Hearts and Cords Bracelet

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The Hobbit Bracelet

My learning experience with resin casting happened at the time I was nursing a hangover from watching The Hobbit at the movies (twice). My first tries were what one would usually end up with — stuff encased in clear plastic.

Resin project samples

Because the resin kit instructions demonstrated how to insert a photo into a backing and sealing it with a resin cast, I figured, hey I could do that with photos of the Hobbit dwarves and I could string those into a bracelet! I could use polymer clay as the backing. So I went to work.

Hobbit Dwarves Photo

The resin cast came out really nice. It was tedious, though, having to wait two days for the resin to cure. To me, that was the hardest part.

I glued clay pieces to the backs of the circles to allow for stringing. And here’s what the backside looks like.

Hobbit Bracelet Backside

Here’s my Hobbit bracelet with Thorin and the 12 dwarves, made with polymer clay, resin, and natural cord.

The Hobbit Bracelet

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Mexican Flag Bead Necklace

A few months ago, I received an email from a lady who said, “I had been searching the entire web for a beaded Mexican flag necklace, when your site popped up.” She found a photo of my beaded amulet bag of a Mexican flag. It was a custom project back in 2005.

Mexican Flag Amulet Bag

Mexican Flag Amulet Bag

The lady asked me if I could make one for her. I admitted that I have a day job and I’ve had to decline requests for projects that would require a lot of time, like this beaded flag. She wouldn’t take no for an answer and said she would be happy to wait for as long as it takes. So, then I couldn’t turn her down. I agreed to work with her.

I beaded for a few minutes a day until I was done. Because she wanted a necklace, not an amulet bag, I had to device a way to keep the beads in place as a pendant. Enter my polymer clay skills, et voila! The polymer clay backing and a sterling silver bail completed the necklace.

Here are the photos that I sent her before I shipped the item.

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace - 2.5 inches wide

2.5 inches wide

Mexican Flag Beaded Necklace - polymer clay backing.

Polymer clay backing.

She said, “I really love this necklace. Thank you so much for taking time to customize this for me.”

I’m happy.

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Poly-Bangles

What’s nice about cured polymer clay is when it’s a thin layer, it remains slightly flexible. It doesn’t become hard or brittle like ceramic. So when you wrap a thin layer around a malleable band of metal, like aluminum, you get a bracelet that’s light, flexible, and ready for adventure!

These are my first tries. They’re a bit crude (mostly from my OCD handling of the raw clay) but that’s the beauty of every handmade, work-of-love, piece of art. 

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Twist Beads

I’m finally ready to showcase my original bead design: “Twist Beads” — polymer clay beads made by twisting colorful strands together. I chose natural twine and waxed cord to string the twist beads into light and frivolous bracelets for everyday free-for-all wear. I still can’t decide if I will sell them, give them away, or keep them all for myself! LOL! ;)

[Click on images for full resolution -- they're nice!]

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And Now, Polymer Clay!

I’ve always been curious about polymer clay. In fact I bought a starter kit many years back — the one with glow-in-the-dark clay with projects for kids. I tried it, baked a batch, burned it, and since then stashed the clay, hopefully for future use.

Years passed and then I found myself in an estate sale. The owner was a craftswoman! She had a box of polymer clay and some used sculpting tools. I walked away with 14 unopened packs of “Studio by Sculpey” clay (for $5) and a bundle of tools (for $1). I had re-discovered polymer clay!

Polymer Clay "Studio by Sculpey"

After a quick Google about the hobby, I headed on down to the nearest Michael’s store and grabbed a pasta maker (essential tool for conditioning clay), a few cutters (for template shapes), and a couple of other loose tools.

And here I am, like a child again. Now I can make my own beads!

Clay, pencils, pasta machine, and other tools.

Clay balls.

Clay balls.

Colorful clay balls!

My first try with the millefiore cane method.

Glow-in-the-Dark hearts and beads.

A big batch of experimental beads and forms.

Polymer clay on sterling silver findings.

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