I like things like tarot cards as well as positive ancient symbolism. They lift my spirit. Usually.
That’s why this pentagon polymer clay bead making tutorial immediately caught my eye. Velody, from Tree Gold and Bee Gold, showed us how to make these lovely beads with pentagram shape using the polymer clay cane technique. It’s real simple, and the result really powerful. What a strong design.
Polymer Clay Pentagram Beads
These round beads make fabulous charms for charm bracelets as well as necklace pendants, etc.
The image tutorial below shows all. The only other tip to complement this already complete polymer clay tutorial is that one should endeavor to get the cane to reduce more evenly. So here is your polymer clay jewelry making tip of the day: double the red outer layer, and you’re good to go. So simple a tweak! Works like a charm when reducing.
Polymer clay caning is a super cool crafts for kids too! They may not be so inspired by pentagrams, but flowers are usually a knock-over.
Polymer clay canes are easy to work with: just slice, poke a hole and smoothen the beads, bake ‘m and string ‘m into jewelry.
What’s nice about polymer clay canes is that you can make other creative things with them too. Cover any heat-resistant object with a pattern of cane slices and then bake it. Jewelry and other projects made with polymer clay canes often turn out really beautiful.
photo credit: treegoldandbeegold.com
Meaning of the Pentagram Tarot Suite
Here’s some Tarot information for you, that might transform making jewelry with this lovely pentagram-shape into a meaningful art:
- To me, Pentacles are about prosperity. They are also about realization of an idea, things coming to fruition and generating results. (Maybe hang a few pentagrams on our blogs… might help … )
- In a Tarot card reading, if you’ll get many pentacles, it means that ideas are taking physical form and that (your) wishes are in the process of being realized. In other words, a great suit in the tarot card deck!
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Pentacles = 5 pointed stars. Which way is up?
Unless you’re versed in the various connotations of this ancient spiritual and religious symbol, here are 5 things for you to know about pentacles:
- 1. In Chinese Feng Shui, the 5 pointed diagram represent the 5 elements in nature: Fire (火 huǒ), Earth (土 tǔ), Metal (金 jīn), Water (水 shuǐ), and Wood (木 mù).
- 2. Pentagrams are truly ancient. The first known uses of the pentagram are found in Mesopotamian writing dating back to 3000 BC. It was an important religious symbol for the Babylonians as well as the Pythagoreans in ancient Greece.
- 3. That was then. Now it’s used by Wiccans as a positive symbol of faith.
- 4. And there’s more: the pentagram is used by Christians as a symbol for the 5 wounds of Jesus. In the Jewish community it is referred to as the Star of David.
- 5. Last but not least, so pay attention: if you are going to use pentagram beads in jewelry be sure that you use the beads with the single star point directing to the top. Otherwise you reverse the strong positive power of it symbol!!
We feature tons of jewelry tutorials. Here are a few examples:
- How to make & work with Beads – out of all kinds of (recycled) materials
- Tutorials for Crafts for kids
- Jewelry tutorials – range of jewelry making materials, including recycled materials
e.g. Polymer clay Bracelet and Earrings tutorial – also using the caning technique