Nicola Brown | Contrasting textures in my first ‘official’ felt and polymer clay necklace
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Contrasting textures in my first ‘official’ felt and polymer clay necklace

Contrasting textures in my first ‘official’ felt and polymer clay necklace

I finally finished my first 'official' felt and polymer clay necklace last night, I'm happy with some of its aspects and less happy with others. On the plus side of things I love the combination of textures, the soft organic shape of the beads, the smoothly burnished large polymer clay bead contrasting with the tactile felt beads, the black rubbery tubing I used to tie everything together with and I'm definitely happiest with the roughly textured polymer clay beads and the matt black spacers.

I think that the finished necklace looks lovely against the textures of my recent nuno felt so I'm happy that I'll be able to create a collection of accessories that will add another dimension to my craft practice. On the negative side of things I'm least happy with how symmetrically I strung everything together, my only excuse is that I had a very limited selection of felt and polymer components to work with, hopefully that'll change as I get more pieces made and build up my stock of raw materials. I'm still waiting for my tissue blades to arrive so I'm a little limited with what I can do, the plus side of that is I have to keep experimenting and looking for ways around my lack of some decent cutting implements.


I'd like to recommend Ronna Sarvas Weltman's book 'Ancient Modern' for anyone looking for clear basic instructions and wonderfully inspiring projects in polymer clay and wire jewellery. It's on special offer via the Interweave store up until 15th February at a knockdown price of $6.88 (usual price $22.95). I wish I'd known that before I ordered it elsewhere for the full price but it's wonderful value nonetheless!


Nicola Brown
  • lizseville
    Posted at 18:03h, 15 February Reply

    From one felter to another: I love your blog. Mine is there is some interesting info on silver clay on a website here called George Weil. I love the contrast in textures. Can this material also be felted in eg as pebble shapes?

  • Carole Dysart
    Posted at 23:58h, 15 February Reply

    Nicola….you are really on to something….the combination is fantastic….if this is a FIRST…..the sky is the limit to what you can do with the felt and fill. Huge thumbs up for you.

  • Deborah Barnes Hall
    Posted at 00:37h, 16 February Reply

    I agree with Carole. I think this is wonderful. I love all the texture and the contrast between the polymer and felt. Very nice.

  • FeltsorightD
    Posted at 12:35h, 16 February Reply

    Well, thanks ever so much for creating something that, once again, I absolutely love!!!! And, now I am going to have to buy the book, and the clay, and whatever else I’ll be needing….because I simply must try this! And, the main problem…I think you know where this is leading….As there is not another square inch of space in this house with all of the wool and felting supplies, I don’t know where I’m possibly going to put my husband and child. Any suggestions? 😉

    Now, please, couldn’t you just make something, that I look at, and think to myself… Nope, don’t need to try that one out? 😉

    All kidding aside…Your creations are always fantastic and this one is no exception.

    Big hugs,

  • Marilou Moschetti
    Posted at 22:13h, 16 February Reply

    Being able to work with the clay give options for so many color combinations to add with various shapes of wool objects. Love the “rubber” tie. Great Job!!!!!

  • Juliane
    Posted at 07:33h, 17 February Reply

    Wow! Your work with the fimo clay is truly inspiring, and ‘you’ve only just begun.’ Had thought about trying it to make focal points/details for hats…..but just stared at the hard, square blocks and thought ‘nah – how could this stuff work?’ But you’ve shown how lovely it contrasts the softness of felt.

  • Peggy Bayer
    Posted at 15:06h, 17 February Reply

    Nicola- While you are waiting for your tissue blade to come you can use regular razor blades to cut your fimo, if it is double edged be sure to put cardboard (filefolder) taped to top so you don’t cut yourself. Xacto blades also work well. Now you need to make buttons as well- not only the flat kind but you can take small amounts of thin fimo and roll into a roll 1-2 inches long and pierce holes in the center or cut into triangle shape like you do paper beads and roll and you have a unique buttons. Your colors and textures are wonderful and will go beautifully with your fabric. Peggy Bayer Flairforfiber

  • Mixing Mediums · Polymer Clay |
    Posted at 18:34h, 17 February Reply

    […] all for mixing clay with… well, a heckuva lot of stuff. Felt is a fun one and Nicola does a fabulous job here with her necklace. She mentions she is inspired by Ronna’s Ancient Modern book and I can […]

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