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Crocheted Polymer Clay Jewelry

My first project in the PCA art retreat. And my first batch of improvisations to compensate for lack of supplies where I live. 😉

Crocheted Polymer Clay Jewelry
Crocheted Polymer Clay Jewelry

This project uses the invisible spool knitting technique of wire crochet to embellish organic polymer clay beads with a delicate wire mesh, creating teardrop-shaped earrings and pendant. The wire crochet technique is used to create a fine necklace as well.

I could make the beads without much hassle. (Thanks to my sis for lending me her supplies to add the shine on them.) However, I can’t find the fine wire needed for the project here. So I used what I could lay my hands on — a thicker gauge wire.

Now, this wire does not really hold its shape while I work on it, so I couldn’t use the invisible spool knitting technique. I did regular crochet instead, which makes for a thicker mesh.

The wire mesh is also not the least bit delicate — if anything, it’s strong and yet springy 🙂 — but I wanted to work with it instead of trying to force it to be something it wasn’t, so I made the pieces look more traditional Indian instead of modern, by adding more wire-crocheted accompaniments for the earrings. Instead of making a fine necklace, I made a tube that a cord (or a seed-bead necklace) can be strung into.

And I also made a tiny piece that I added as a charm to an old scrunchy bracelet that I’d made. 🙂

So many improvisations! Love the results! ❤ ❤

6 thoughts on “Crocheted Polymer Clay Jewelry

  1. These are lovely pieces, and I think you really capture a more Indian style. I particularly like the tube for stringing a chord through – you have definitely inspired me there.

    I have made the beads – much fun, but haven’t yet attempted the wire stringing, as I don’t have the starter thingamabob and have been trying to figure out how to start the crochet without it. I rather think you could start with a circle of regular crochet and then start the invisible style … or perhaps create a circle of regular crochet with a thicker wire to simulate the thingamabob… hmmmm….

    I like the look you achieve with straight crocheted wire, and the extra band at the top of the earrings.

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    1. Thank you, Shaheen! It was definitely challenging and fun to think of something different. 🙂
      I like your second option — use a throwaway starter circle with scrap wire, like a provisional cast-on. Can’t wait to see what you’ll do!

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