Swirly lentil bead… button

So I made a decent cane.

I didn’t own decent claying tools though, and found that slicing across the cane with a razor blade makes the cross-section pretty distorted and untidy. And that means I went and ordered a flexible blade, a roller (again, I was finding my makeshift roller inadequate), cutters and silicone molds. That’s right, I’m beginning to get serious about polymer clay. πŸ˜‰

Well, I wasn’t going to sit around waiting for the tools to arrive. I decided to practice making a swirly lentil bead since that doesn’t require many tools. So I rolled a ball of green clay, and got to work practicing the swirling hand movements.

When I became comfortable with the hand movements, I decided to add some actual swirl to the bead. I cut slices from the cane that I’d made — and yes, they got distorted and untidy — and placed them on the lower half of the bead, and continued swirling it. After a while, it turned into this.

Swirly lentil bead button
Swirly lentil bead button

I’d made it slightly big, thinking I’ll make it into a pendant. I thought of some ideas for the pendant, which included a macramΓ© addition, and I pierced three holes near the top for that. I baked it, and set about adding the macramΓ© section. Sadly, it didn’t work out, and I undid all the knots.

After a lot of thinking and looking around for a different jewelry use for the pendant, and not finding any, I thought it could be a button instead — a decorative button though, due to the weird positioning of the holes on it.

In fact, I don’t think any of the clays in my sample clay pack will become jewelry, mostly because the limited number of colors in it don’t work for my clothes or those of my sis. I’m thinking that all my practicing with this sample pack might result in buttons — ones with normal placement of holes, of course. No worries though, sis and I have lots of uses for buttons in our tote bags, purses and cushion covers. One can never have enough buttons! πŸ˜‰

9 thoughts on “Swirly lentil bead… button

    1. Thank you, Ginny! I’m finding that I like this medium more with each practice session; it appeals to my kind of ‘there-are-no-rules’ creativity, lol!
      And come on, I didn’t think I could make stuff with clay either, so you might want to see if you’d like to give it a try. (We can then swap clay stories, since my cross-stitching is going nowhere! πŸ˜€ )

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