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How to Make Polymer Clay Beads

Posted on: July 30, 2008

A Tutorial on YouTube:

Making jewelry out of polymer clay is growing in popularity very quickly. One method of making jewelry involves making beads and stringing them together. Polymer clay beads can be made in several different ways depending on how simple are sophisticated you want then to look.

To make polymer clay beads you need to start by gathering all of your tools together and get your clay ready to work with. Once you have everything together and laid out you are ready to begin.

Here are the directions for the simplest method of making beads out of polymer clay.

• Pinch off a small piece of clay and roll it into a log shape.
• Make the log the size you want the bead to be after it is finished.
• Take a sharp knife and cut the log into the thickness you want the beads to be.
• After you slice off the number of beads you need take another tool and punch a hole in the middle of the clay. This is so you can string the beads together.
• Fire the clay and your beads are ready to work with.

You can use different color clays to make a variety of beads or you can combine clays together to make your own unique colors. Either method provides you with an assortment of multicolored beads to use in the design of your jewelry.

If you want to spend more time on making beads for jewelry you can take very small pieces of polymer clay and shape them into any design you like. You can even buy plastic molds of hearts, stars and other shapes to use. All you need to do is make the individual shapes, put in the hole for stringing and you are ready for the firing and final touches. Polymer clay can be any shape or design that you like so be creative and try new things.

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1 Response to "How to Make Polymer Clay Beads"

This video is a great way for me to start making my own beads. Thank You. I have a couple of questions if you could please help me out. On the end of your video you show some silver beads and you also use some acrylic paint to paint your beads, If i buy different color clay will they come out that exact same color or would i still have to paint them? I’ve seen some other polymer clay beads, and how do they get them shiny and not looking like the kid type of beads? Thank you for your time. -samantha-

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