Faux Raku Macrame Bracelet Polymer Clay Tutorial (Intro Vol-078)

Faux Raku Macrame Bracelet Polymer Clay Tutorial (Intro Vol-078)

Hi guys, this is Cindy Lietz, your Polymer
Clay Tutor, and this is the introduction video to my paid tutorial series; Faux Rainbow Raku
Macramé Bracelet. Now I’ve done some faux Raku tutorials in
the past, one was a smooth Raku technique, and the other one was a deep crackle Raku
technique. But this one is just a little bit different,
and it was inspired by these real Rainbow Raku beads, that I picked up at Shipwreck
Beads… and I’ll give you a nice close-up of this one, and the cool thing about real
Raku is that it’s done in a really cool way. They take the ceramic and they fire it in
like a barrel of newspaper and sawdust and that kind of thing and you get this charred
look. Now this particular Rainbow style is done
using a Copper type glaze, so the colors all fire at different temperatures and so you
get this kind of Rainbow look to it and you get this Metallic Gold look deep inside, you
get Reds, Purples, Blues, Greens that kind of thing. So I thought it would be a really great bead
to try to mimic in Polymer Clay, and so I’ve got some beads here that I want to show you. Now in this tutorial I’m going to show you
how to make the beads themselves; to get the texture, the color and the look that I’ve
got here… it looks really cool, I’m also going to show you how to do a Beaded Macramé
Bracelet. Now this will have quite a few different looks,
it can have…it’s a very unisex style, depending on the type of Toggle, or Findings
that you use; it can look like a men’s or women’s Bracelet. Now on this one I used a really beautiful
Tierra Cast Artisan Toggle, and some Silver lined Amber beads and it has quite a feminine
look to it, it’s beautiful. And then this one here is slightly more masculine
but it could be male or female. It’s got a Toggle on the end here… or
Clasp, that they use on those Parachute Cord Bracelets, and the coloring of the extra little
beads are a little bit different. Now here’s one that is in a much more masculine
style, the colors are darker, the cording… or the knots are a little heavier, and then
there is no Findings on this one. And then this is the same sort of thing only
the beads are a little smaller, and the knotting is a little finer, so it can be worn by either
male or female. So, I think you’re really going to love
this tutorial; there’s lots of techniques… you can use this Faux Raku technique for other
things besides beads or this particular Bracelet, but I’m going to show you a wide range of
skills that you are really going to enjoy. We’ll see you in the next video of this


  1. Really nice finished pieces. I'm going to login and start watching the rest of the series right now. …..

    ….Just watched the whole tutorial.  Love it, and I didn't think I would just because Raku never really caught my attention, but the coloring here is great and I can see doing lots of things in addition to beads with it. 

  2. Real japanese Raku is not fired with newspapers and so on, but with straw, gras, herbs and leaves – which eventually "leave" interesting traces 🙂

  3. What's your opinion on baking polymer clay, should the oven really be in a ventilated area like allot of websites say, because i've heard other people saying that they never really have their windows cracked or place their oven in a large area? I know the clays aren't toxic, but should i take the extra steps anyway?

  4. Is it normal for oven thermometers to move slowly? Because i placed 2 of them in my oven and they were very slow when climbing to 275 but eventually made it there before time ran out on the preheating. But when i placed my clay items in the oven and set the right time which is 15 mins because i wanted to prebake my clay, it never quite made it to the actual 275 but the odd thing is the preheat time was 10 mins. What's the deal?

  5. Um, what the hells wrong with you? If the video is not a tutorial, but rather a video that is basically promoting your tutorials, maybe don't lie and title that video a tutorial. I will now go elsewhere for instruction, since you've just destroyed all credibility you may have had.

  6. Raku is not fired in combustables but removed from kiln and placed in a container with combustable and closed. The combustable consume oxygen when they catch fire. The oxygen reduction causes the clay and glaze to react chemically producing the colours.

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