Friday, March 4, 2016

How to Add Strength and Flexibility to Polymer Clay Cuff Bracelets - The Polymer Clay Workbench

Hi All, Thanks for joining me in my studio.  I'm starting a new series called "Polymer Clay Workbench".  In this series we'll look at polymer clay basics, answer questions and work on techniques that improve the quality and beauty of polymer clay projects.  I'll also share the products I like to help you build your studio and polymer clay art room (see links below).  I hope you enjoy this series.

In the first Polymer Clay Workbench, we'll look at how to add strength and flexibility to polymer clay cuff bracelets.  It's common for new clayers to make their cuffs only from polymer clay.  Many experience softening as the skin warms the clay or breakage.  I'll show you how to use bracelet blanks/forms to add the needed strength and flexibility.  We'll focus on cuffs in this video.  Just the underlying structure.  In a future video we'll make a cuff using this technique.  You'll see how you use basic tools/materials to make your bracelet form.  I hope you enjoy.  Let me know what you think about this series.  Thanks as always for watching, liking and subscribing to my channel.  Following are some affiliate links for products that help you build your studio.

Build your studio:

Bracelet Bender (The exact one I use is no longer available.  Here's an inexpensive one of equal quality):
Aluminum Bracelet Blanks 25 1/2" Pieces:
Aluminum Bracelet Blanks 25 3/4" Pieces:
Aluminum Bracelet Blanks 144 Pieces:
Aluminum Bracelet Blank Preformed 5 1/2" pieces (Note:  this doesn't get a great review on Amazon because the reviewer said they were too lightweight - this is what we want!):
Brass Channel Bracelet Blank 1 5/16" piece:
Silver plated Channel Bracelet Blank 1 ea .929" channel space:

What I use to make my videos:

Canon Vixia HF R600 Camcorder:
Studio Lights:
External Microphone:

Bracelet bender or 1-1/2" glass jar
Bracelet blanks - aluminum 1/2" or 3/4" inch
Aluminum strips - if you want to make your own
Heavy duty metal snips
Chain nose pliers


Disclosure:  I participate in several affiliate programs. That means I receive a commission when products are purchased through links posted on my videos and blog. (At NO additional cost to you.) This allows me to bring you more videos, blog posts and tutorials!  This is how I earn compensation by sharing tips, techniques and projects with you.  The affiliate programs I use include Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, and Michaels.  These are all stores I shop at for the products I use.

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