Jewelry & Fashion | 29 July 2015Torch Song Friendship Bracelet Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Show some love and make beautiful bracelets you can be proud to gift with the techniques and ideas featured in, Charm Love Friendship Bracelets. It is a fantastic guide to sculpting your own charms using polymer clay. As artist and author Sherri Haab explains, you don’t have to be an expert to work with polymer. It doesn’t require any special skills or tools to craft a beautiful piece of jewelry. Plus, this medium is ideal for jewelry making because it’s flexible and easy to add texture. Try your hand at this beautiful bracelet using polymer clay and dichroic glass to mimic the art of lampworking. For The Beads Polymer clay in various colors to form round beads Small dichroic glass dots Liquid polymer clay Paintbrush Wire for baking beads Embossing heat tool For The Bracelet 2 yards (1.8 m) bead cord, cut one cord 30 inches, (76 cm) and the other 42 inches (106.5 cm) E beads Torch Song Bracelet Step 1: Roll balls of clay to form the base for the beads. Push small dichroic glass dots into the surface of the beads. Pierce the beads and thread onto a wire prior to baking. Bake the beads on a wire. Step 2: Suspend a single bead on a wire to hold it while you coat the bead with liquid polymer. Paint a layer of liquid polymer to surround the bead. Step 3: Heat the surface of the bead with an embossing heat tool, rotating the bead on the wire as you apply heat to prevent the liquid from dripping off and to prevent burning. Stop heating when the liquid polymer turns clear. After the bead is cool, twist it off the wire. Knotting the bracelet: Gather both cords and tie an overhand knot about 10 inches (25.5 cm) from the ends of the cords to begin. Pull the shorter cord straight down to serve as the core to which the beads will be added. Tie an overhand knot using the long cord, tying it over the core. Add a glass E bead to the core and slide it up close to the knot. Tie another overhand knot with the long cord, securing the knot under the E bead. Continue this pattern to form the bracelet. Add clay beads as you go, along with other beads as desired to create a design. When the bracelet fits your wrist, tie an overhand knot using both cords. Bring the ends of the cords together and use a small piece of cord to tie over them with a square knot closure as shown on page 41. Tie E beads to the ends of the cords, securing them with overhand knots. Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Bestselling crafts book author Sherri Haab offers a new take on the classic friendship bracelet with 35 fresh, fashionable, and modern designs! A hugely popular rite of passage for girls all over the world, the friendship bracelet has recently become a fashion staple for women of all ages, incorporating various braiding, knotting, weaving, and embellishment materials and techniques. The techniques and materials of the classic friendship bracelet trace their roots to Central and South America, and the fashion world’s renewed interest in all things ethnic have transported it to the runway, inspiring celebrities, models, and fashion mavens like Beyonce, Heidi Klum, Lauren Conrad, Bar Rafaeli, and Rita Ora to sport “stacks” of ultra-chic wrist candy and retailers to sell expensive versions. In Charm Love Friendship Bracelets, bestselling crafts book author Sherri Haab offers a new take on the classic friendship bracelet that shows how to make pretty, chic, and wearable polymer clay charms and beads and combine them with traditional knotting/macrame, braiding, wrapping, and other techniques using inexpensive threads, cording, beads, and findings to create 35 fresh, fashionable, and modern designs. The book covers essential supplies, knotting techniques (with step-by-step illustrations), and working with polymer clay. The designs take a timeless classic and give it a new twist with fun, fashion-forward projects that let you customize your creations with easy-to-make polymer clay charms and beads as well as other easy-to-find embellishments. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.