DIY Polymer Clay Jewelry Bails-Friday Findings Tutorial

Hi there, Sandy here. Welcome to another Friday Findings video at Today I’m going to continue on in showing
you how you can make your own jewelry findings using polymer clay. Today I’m going to show you how simple it
is to make bails out of polymer clay that perfectly match the pendants you want to hang
from them. So the first thing you will need in order
to make these bails are cutters. You can freehand cut the shape, but the easiest
kind of shape to use is something symmetrical because we’re going to be folding it in half
to make the bail, so something like a diamond, a square, ovals, circles. Those are great, but I will show you also
how to use cutters that aren’t symmetrical like tear drops or these leaf shapes to make
really interesting pieces as well. So in order to make our polymer clay bails,
first we’ll need some polymer clay. This is a sheet of clay that I have rolled
out on a number 3 on my pasta machine, which is about a millimeter and a half thick and
I’m going to go ahead and texture it. You don’t have to, but that’s kind of what
makes these gorgeous. And you can use anything you want. I have here some stamps from Mandarin Duck
that I’ve used. I have some texture plates. I also have a rubber stamp that I purchased
in the dollar aisle at Michael’s. What I like to do in adding a texture is actually
add a little bit of Armor All and the best way to do it is to add it directly to your
clay. It’s easier to smooth it over the entire surface
of the clay rather than trying to get it in all the nooks and crannies of a texture sheet. So what you want to be left with is a very
thin film. It doesn’t have to be thick at all and then
I’m just going to apply my texture. I have one of my symmetrical cutters, the
diamond here. Go ahead and position that wherever you want
on the clay. Just lift that up from the tile and then go
ahead and use your fingers and kind of smooth out the edges as much as you want and especially
these metal cutters often have a seam that will kind of want to be smoothed out. I have here a 1/4″ dowel that I’ve wrapped
with a bit of paper. If you’re going to make smaller or larger
bails, then use a smaller or a larger mandrel and then you just want to be sure that your
clay is well conditioned so that it won’t crack as you fold it right over and then just
go ahead and meet those shapes. Now you could use an awl or a needle tool
to make the hole for hanging, but I really like to just use my little 3/16″ Kemper cutter. It makes just a neat hole and it doesn’t distort
your bail. And that’s all there is to it. You just go ahead and bake that and I bake
these for an hour. I want to be sure that they’re good and strong
because this is what is supporting my jewelry and you can shape it. You can give that a little bit of a flair. That’s pretty. Hi Cheech! That’s my kitty cat saying hello. He’s always so pleased with himself when he
finds me down here in my basement recording studio. So there’s how you use a symmetrical shape
and you would do the exact same thing whether you were using an oval or a square or any
other shape. Now in order to use a non-symmetrical shape,
you have to do it a little bit differently and I’ll demonstrate with one of these leaf
cutters. This is a really cool shape. So what you’ll need to do is cut two of them
going in opposite directions. So especially where we’ve used a texture. I’m gonna cut one and then I’m going to flip
my clay over. I can’t flip the cutter over because the other
edge is different. So I’ll flip the clay over and cut another
one. So what we have here are two shapes. Now we’re going to do this a little bit differently. First of all, you need to decide which end
you want to be the hanging end and which end you want to be the rounded end. I did one previously where the narrow points
are the hanging end. I think I’ll do it the other way now. I’ll smooth out my edges a little bit. So whichever end you want to be the hanging
end, go ahead and meet those together. Meet them together until they’re matched up
just so. This is actually a good time to add your hole. And then wrap one of the other ends around
your dowel and if you have a part that didn’t come out so good, maybe it didn’t have as
nice texture as you’d like, you put that one on the inside and hide it forever. Now that he’s found me, he’s crying because
he wants out. Kitty, kitty, kitty! Oh, hang on! I’m doing something here! I’m showing the people things. And then you can just press that down just
fairly enough so that it attaches and so now you have this kind of cool, I gotta make that
a little more even, not entirely symmetrical bail and you can hang it either way. You can hang it this way or this way with
that piece showing, just like on this one. You can see here’s that edge with that piece
showing and here it isn’t and you probably don’t need to leave them on the dowel to bake. I probably would unless I was making a billion
and didn’t have enough room on the dowel. I probably would just leave them on there
in order to be safe. And there you have it, how to use pretty much
any shape or combination of shapes. Really you could use the leaf for one and
something else for the other. Let your imagination run wild with this and
experiment and try different things. Now what you can do is like what I did with
this one. This was an oval cutter and I used a leaf
stamp from Mandarin Duck and then before it went in the oven I actually put on some of
this turquoise Perfect Pearls and I think that’s just a gorgeous sheen. In fact I thought it would look nice. I have to add the resin to this and add some
more paints, but I thought it would look pretty with this pendant. And here’s another one I did with a diamond
cutter because I thought it would go really nicely with this mokume gane cabochon I made
awhile back, make the bezel maybe out of similar clay and colors to make it all work together. And then this one I think is absolutely gorgeous! This was made with one of the large cutters
and since I had the scalloped edges, I decided to use it and I think that’s really pretty. This one I did with just gold clay and I thought
I would go over it with something dark. So after it came out of the oven, I went over
it with Iris Blue Gilders Paste and here’s me putting it on. “Ooooooo!” I just thought it was absolutely beautiful. This is the one I did with the rubber stamp. This one was just a red clay that I went over
with Patina Gilders Paste. So I hope you got some ideas there for ways
you can custom make bails for your jewelry. It’s a lot of fun to play and experiment. If you’re interested in the supplies I used,
you can click on the little ‘i” or the tag in the upper right of the video or the link
in the description box to go to my blog post where I always have a complete supply list
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these tutorials. Happy creating. Bye bye.

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