Art Inspired by the Book”Polymer Clay Beads”

Posted on Feb 16, 2008

I’ve put all my bead secrets (save precious few) down on paper and out in the world now. I worked hard for this information and now I’m giving it away.  How will I stand out in the crowd if the crowd suddenly all looks like me?

First off, I’ll have to keep moving. Ever onwards is my preference and plague anyways so with luck that won’t be a problem. Most of all, I have to have faith that the information that I’m sharing is of a quality to allow other artists to truly express themselves, and to make my techniques their own.

Today I present to you the first examples of work inspired by my book “Polymer Clay Beads.”

Polymer Clay Noted: Susan Lomuto of Polymer Clay Notes doesn’t post much of her own work, preferring instead to share her inspirations and inspired reviews of other people’s art. I’m happy to see that my book moved her to reveal these beautiful photos of some really gorgeous vessels and cuff bracelets inspired by my tutorial on textured polymer clay beads. I love that the first thing I see coming back to me from the book is something using my technique but not my design. Bravo Susan! Read her posts about the work here and here.

Reader Dee Wilder sends these fantastic shots of beads made using my Recursive Molded Beads tutorial. You can see more here. These are beads made using my latest technique. It is a cross between die forming, mold and model making, and sculpture and it is tons of fun. I call them recursive beads because they are also in a sense made from each other. Nice beads Dee! I am myself hard at work on the latest generation of beads stemming from this technique..


  1. your book is wonderful. may you have many babies.

  2. hi!
    i’d just get your book! ;-))
    Thank you sharing all your work!
    not all? do you hide anything more?

  3. I’m a beginner and have your book. Is there anywhere I can find out how to make the cane for your blue bead on page 34? It’s beautiful.
    Thanks! JoAnne

  4. Thanks Joanne. That is a typical kaleidoscope cane bead, made by creating simple patterns, reducing, and repeating them. It is created in the same general fashion as the cane that I demonstrate in the basics chapter. Have fun!

  5. Nice Ruth! Thanks for posting. This would be a great place for people to post links to work that they have made after reading the book. Please consider this an invitation…


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