Stuck for ideas on what to do with all those beautiful polymer clay veneers you’ve just created?  I have a few ideas, there are many more but these might get you thinking.

Let’s start with some wall art.  Create simple wall art pieces from those veneers that are too beautiful to cut up, or go large and create something from a range of veneers and some mixed media perhaps.  Small wall flowers look beautiful when hung in groups or again, go large and create a stunning feature wall flower.  (PS – I’ll be teaching the mixed media wall art piece at the Clay Carnival in Las Vegas this year – woohoo!!)

What about art objects, vessels etc, there are simply so many options.  The pear is created from the scrappy stripes veneer, birds are luscious, crackled veneers and the teeny ring bowl is a mix of leftover bits.

What about beads?  Way too many options here.  Let’s look at tubes.  A simple tube created from one veneer only.  Tubes with a mix of crackle and simple black…or go for broke and create tubes with a variety of different veneers – yummy my favourite.

Cabochons are a great way to use your veneers.  You can make them as large or as small as you want.  You can also hand shape your own cabs so it’s unique.  A simple cab with two veneers that work well together can look quite stunning or again, go the whole hog and use them all up.  I had lots of fun creating this range of image transfer cabs.  They worked beautifully with a variety of different veneers.

What about beads?  Oh how beautiful it is to create luscious beads from a range of veneers.  Large, round hollow beads (courtesy of a workshop a few years ago from Christine Dumont). Long flared cones with veneers. Hollow tube beads.  Unusual shaped beads (start thinking outside the box for shapes).  Arched cones with pieces of veneers.  Image transfer beads with a variety of surface techniques.  Try cutting up your veneers and adding them to the surface of hand shaped beads as in this round, blue bead.  Scrappy striped beads are fun and easy to make from those scrappy striped veneers.

What about pendants – there are literally hundreds of options here.  Cut up your veneers and use small sections of them in certain pieces.  Add them to sticks, arches, in frames, mix and match different veneers etc etc etc.  I also love creating concentric circle pendants and have a couple here showing one piece using one veneer and then a number of pieces that have been cut up and rearranged to create a whole series.

And pods…some of my favourite things to make as well.  Try some pod pendants with a flat back and a variety of veneers on top or create pod shaped beads – these look stunning either kept simple (as in the Damask pod bead) or created more complex (orange spot pod).

And sticks – yummy sticks.  So many people ask me what I do with these because I guess they don’t really look like a conventional jewellery components perhaps.  I like to use them for all sorts of things.  Create them simple or complex – it’s up to you.

….and bangles.  So many bangles can be created from your luscious veneers.  Here are just a couple (I don’t normally create them too much so don’t have many to share). Use the whole veneer on the outside of a bangle or create a bangle core and cover with portions of different veneers – the options are endless.

So there are just a few ideas on how you can use your polymer clay veneers and I haven’t even talked about brooches or rings.  I bet there are so many other ways to use your veneers once you start looking and playing.

This was a long post so thanks for reading.  Have a great day everyone.  Love Deb


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16 Comments on "Polymer Clay Veneers – What Can I Do With Them?"

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Molly Huijbrecht

Thank you very much for sharing all your wonderful pieces. I loved looking at them . You’re a great inspiration !

Debbie Crothers

Awww Molly, that’s so beautiful honey – what a lovely thing to say. Thank you very very much.


Thank you so much Debbie for all the wonderful ideas, it helps so much when you get a bit brain blocked, lol Your work is just so beautiful and almost looks good enough to eat with some colour chooses 🙂

Debbie Crothers

Wow I’m so happy you like my choice in colours Leah. You know I struggle with that sometimes. There are days when I just want to do something deep and luscious with lots of depth and warmth but just can’t get away from those brights!! Some days it works but not often. Thanks for you wonderful comment Leah – I really appreciate it.

Annette (Annie) Weadock

OMG…..incredible……………so many wonderful pieces and great inspiration!
It looks like you have silk screened over some of the veneers……………….I have got to try this.

Debbie Crothers

Hey Annie,
Thanks so much for your lovely comment. You know I like to silkscreen ontop
of all sorts of things – works perfect on some and not so perfect on others
so a bit of trial and error involved.

Thanks again Annie, so nice to hear from you.

Love Deb

Wendy Moore

These are simply gorgeous and so inspiring Deb! I have tried to sign up to receive the blog and thought I had but had missed some precious posts! Can you sign me up from your end? No wuckers if not as I can keep looking. I love the sticks!

Debbie Crothers

Hi Wendy, thank you so very much. I’ll go and check to see that you’re getting notification okay. I’m so happy you like the sticks. I’ve sent an email to you as well. 🙂 Sending love.

dayl jones

Fab Debbie….have already used quite a few of the many veneers I’ve made but it never hurts to gather a few more ideas!!
Just wish there were a few more hours in the day!!!
I don’t usually make torpedo shaped beads with veneers and confess am finding this a little challenging….keeping the veneer true whilst at the same time getting the best finish possible….but hey I guess practise makes for better beads!!!
Thanks for being such an inspiration!!!!

Debbie Crothers

Hi Dayl, so good to hear from you. I must go and see what you’ve been creating with your veneers – it’s so much fun hey. You are so right honey – practice makes perfect (sometimes we don’t need to be so perfect though hey!!) 🙂 Sending love Dayl.

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