As I was spending some time with pinterest (much better than house work!) I discovered the art of soutache jewelry. Soutache is braiding that can be used on clothing. Some artist have taken this into jewelry and I really like some of the pieces. It was obvious that this was something that would translate into polymer clay. I did a search and really couldn't find much in the polymer community. I decided to give it a try.
My first attempt was like so many things in my life -- it got too big. I liked where it was going though so I pressed on. I used some of the cane I created from my "5 from 1 Craftartedu class" as the focal beads for the next piece. Many of the soutache jewelry that I saw online also had bead work. When I taught my class in Kansas City I spent some times with two friends there who were big into beading. Let me tell you their studios were like walking into a beads store. Now I have a few beads at home but I don't do a lot of beading (that's one of the reasons I am so terrible at finishing things) but I have a drop in in the bucket compared to them. Didn't quite get it until I decided I wanted to add some bead work to my latest creation. I get it now.....you never have the right bead when you need it. My local bead store was having a huge end of the year sale so I got my big butt (told you... like so many things in my life...) over there and bought some beads. Don't let the picture fool you - it is not finished. There is no clasp.
It was very difficult to work the beads in with the polymer clay. My next attempts were scaled down and with no beads. I like the way they look. It was a nice diversion from my complicated cane work. I hope you enjoyed seeing them.