My eye is always roving the streets and stores for shapes to use in my Polymer Clay Creations. Last week, at the Ben Franklin store, I found a shape I thought might be useful to create a blank for a necklace. Initially, I thought I would use it as is. However, once I got it home and cut out the shape on my poly clay, I was not happy with all the sharp edges, so I started cutting into it and reshaping them. I figured the worst that could happen was I would have to re sheet the clay. Instead the best thing happened. I got some interesting ideas for shaping and linking the shapes. I took the clay shape I had cut out and cut three shapes from it and then modified these shapes to make the beads I wanted. Then I connected the three new shapes and added the bird and flower beads over the connection points.
Here is the result. The shape with the stars is what I started with.