Pinterest Challenge: Polymer Clay Jewelry – Pixelated Retro Blend Cane and Stroppel Cane

Pinterest Challenge | Travel Inspire CreateThis week I finally got to do another Pinterest Challenge. I guess one-pin-a-week has proven to be a bit too much for me. However, this week I managed to do two pins in one challenge! Yes! First, I tried out  Bettina Welker’s Pixelated Retro Blend cane, a technique using an extruder. With the scraps of clay that were left over, I made Stroppel canes.

These are the original pins I used as inspiration.

Extruder cane technique | Travel Inspire Create   Stroppel cane | Travel Inspire Create

There are more examples of both techniques on my Pinterest boards. If you are interested, check out my Jewelry – polymer clay and my Jewelry – inspiration boards. Also, I found the Bettina Welker’s tutorial for the Pixelated Retro Blend cane and Alice Stroppel’s tutorial for the Stroppel cane very useful. They both did such a good job on their tutorials, I’m not even going to be bothered to make tutorials myself. I’m only going to post my end here.

My canes

I loved playing with the color combinations that are possible with both these canes. I guess the possibilities are endless! I can’t wait to try out other combinations. This time I chose two color combinations: blue-green shades and red-pink shades! According to Bettina Welker’s tutorial, you should use at least have 5 different shades of your colors. I didn’t have the time to mix colors into new shades. So, I used only four shades for both of the color combinations. I think it worked out great with just four shades. What do you think? See for yourself:

Pixelated retro color blend cane | Travel Inspire Create

Pixelated retro color blend cane

Stroppel cane | Travel Inspire Create

Stroppel cane

My jewelry

I just love all the different jewelry you can create with these canes. I made two rings, two bracelets and five necklaces! I used plain colors, but also the canes themselves, as backgrounds. Again the possibilities seem endless! And I still have at least half of each cane left. There is more jewelry to be made from these canes in the future! And I can’t wait to try out other color combinations and other bracelets, rings and pendant configurations.

Stroppel cane and Pixilated Color Blend cane | Travel Inspire Create

Blue and green pendants - Pixelated Retro Blend cane and Stroppel cane | Travel Inspire Create

Brue and green bracelet - Pixelated Retro Blend cane and Stroppel cane | Travel Inspire Create

Red and pink jewelry - Pixelated Retro Blend cane and Stroppel cane | Travel Inspire Create

Ring and bracelets - Pixelated Retro Blend cane and Stroppel cane | Travel Inspire Create

Bracelets detail - Pixelated Retro Blend cane and Stroppel cane | Travel Inspire Create

What are your experiences?

I just loved using the Pixelated Retro Blend and the Stroppel canes. I found the techniques easy to do, not too time-consuming and the end result looks great. I already got quite a few compliments on the jewelry at work and in the pub this week! (Which is half the fun of creating your own jewelry!!) I would love to see the creations of others and to know if you liked working with these canes as much as I did!

Please do share your creations and experiences in a comment! Feel free to add a link to your blog in the comment!

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4 responses »

  1. Alice Stroppel says:

    I’m delighted that you used my techinque to make these very cool pieces. I’m glad you found it easy to follow. Thanks so much for giving it a try. Alice

  2. Holly Ulrich says:

    I LOVE the bracelets! So cool. well done.

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