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This week of my Polymer Clay Challenge it’s indigo beads so, technically, here is the bead I made. It’s a bit boring, but there is a little bit more to the story…

Polymer clay bead by Cate van Alphen

Polymer clay bead by Cate van Alphen

I wanted to make some compound beads to go with my compound focal from last week. I started off making a few test beads, which looked perfect for a bracelet. So I whipped up a toggle so I could finish that.

Polymer clay and lapis lazuli bracelet by Cate van Alphen

Polymer clay and lapis lazuli bracelet by Cate van Alphen

I made compound beads by joining my double-sided disk beads together with liquid polymer clay onto wire. I’m still fascinated by the way the colours hide depending on the angle of the bead. These are now part of a half-made necklace. I need some more spacer beads to finish it, but I haven’t been able to make them yet.

Indigo stack beads by Cate van Alphen

Indigo stack beads by Cate van Alphen

I didn’t think sticking beads together with liquid polymer counted much towards the challenge, and I’d run out of time, but I still had the clay from the hole of the toggle. I pierced a hole and shaped the sides slightly, so I have officially made one bead for the challenge this week!

Polymer clay and wire toggle by Cate van Alphen

Polymer clay and wire toggle by Cate van Alphen

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