diy polymer clay beads

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I first spotted these unique beads on Etsy. I alllllmost purchased a necklace and a pair of earrings that were handcrafted with polymer clay..but $35 + $7 for shipping....seemed a little steep. So I bookmarked the page (along with a hundred others) and forgot all about it.

I recently discovered a new amazing blog called Hurmur. I am a little obsessed with all her amazing creations and jewelry inspiration. She did a post on polymer clay and it totally inspired me to recreate my own version. I did a little research and polymer clay is SO cheap. Michaels carries blocks of just about every color you can imagine. A whole block is only $1.50!! With one block you can probably make 20+ necklaces or bracelets.

What you need:
  • Polymer clay block.
  • Razor blade
  • Cord. I used leather lace cord.
  • Toothpick
  • Magnetic closure.


Knead the clay until it is soft and pliable.

Roll however many balls you wish to use.

Using the razor blade, slice off little pieces until you are satisfied with the shape.

Poke a hole in the center with the toothpick.

Put them on a baking tray and bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.

Attach metal closure on one end. Thread your beads through. I tied two little knots where the first and last beads were to keep them from moving. Attach other closure and your done!


This entire little project only cost about $5...and I still have enough clay for many more creations!

39 comments:

april@gingerbread girl said...

that is pretty cool...love the leather cord with it...

Anne said...

Wow. You make it look so easy Lindsay. Whenever I go to buy beads they never quite have the right colour combination or design so I think I might have a go at this. Can you paint the clay easy enough?

Anne x

Lia said...

This is fantastic! I love love love these so much!
xoxo
Lia

Natalie Suarez said...

gorgeous! i love it! :)

natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

Mongs said...

so cool! I heard about Polymer clay but never explore it. So thanks for sharing this! I supposed you can pant it as well?

love~mongs
mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

Oh my goodness, what a great idea! I remember playing with clay like that when I was in school. NEVER thought about doing anything with it now though! How cool! Definitely going to have to try this! :-)

Melissa
loveandpancakes.com

Evelin said...

You sure you're a first time user for polymer clay? Because you're rocking it :)
I'm so happy to have inspired you - your work looks great. And I love the colour - so versatile!

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le sorelle said...

this is too cool! my sister made jewelry with polymer clay when she was younger - we'll have to give it another go!

-j
sorelle in style

Lindsay said...

Mongs- I'm sure you can paint it! That is actually a great idea.

heather j said...

Lindsay! This is so cool. I've been admiring these types of necklaces for a while now so I appreciate the diy alternative.

sunny said...

What interesting timing, I just posted yesterday an Etsy inspired statement necklace DIY also and then arbitrarily surfed here this morning! Though I have to say this polymer clay bead tutorial is WAY cooler and now I have to try it. I love the final look! If I only saw the final necklace and not this DIY, I would never have guessed how easy to do it is! Thanks!

P.S. I also LOVE love the magnetic drum closures!!! Aren't those so awesome?? =D

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

I am jealous you look like a pro with clay! The last and only time I attempted to work with clay it didn't end as well...LOL Very neat!

Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* said...

Very cool! And I bet that working with the clay is such a stress reliever too. :)

Amy@mad.amyt said...

How creative!!! Makes me want one or two or three.... these would be a great gift!

The DIY Show Off said...

So pretty! I've always wanted to give this a try! Thanks for the tutorial! If this rain keeps up...I'll be ready to do a fun and pretty craft project! ;)

Have a wonderful week!
Roeshel

www.StarHughes.com said...

Such a great idea! I've been wanting to make homemade beads and was so excited to see that you did and had such a cute result!

p.s. Love the new blogger picture! Very pretty - and I want that dress!!

Sarah Von said...

Fantastic! Inexplicably, I find myself wanting to bite these. What?!

Mama Wolf said...

Woah, your necklace turned out wonderful! Thanks for sharing this!

xoxox mama wolf.

Katie said...

cool! what a fun project...so much more cost effective and you get the satisfaction of creating yourself! i love that!

cb said...

what a great and super cute idea! the beads came out so cool looking! thanks for sharing!

xo,
cb

The Gunny Sack said...

These turned out great! I have never tried working with Polymer clay. I am going to check out Hurmur blog. And seriously...I LOVE all of your comments! I really do read every single comment people leave me and try to respond to them too!

Strawberry Freckleface said...

Oh wow, this is seriously awesome! I used to make clay beads but these are way better. Love the shape. :-)

strawberry freckleface

Sabr said...

I adore these little beads! This is the perfect neutral accessory to go with everything!!

Michelle Lee said...

So lovely :)

Darby said...

Absolutely adore this project, I've referenced it twice now (once just a link and then my own take on it), couldn't love it more!

kaleidoscopecraftiness.blogspot.com

alicia said...

HI Lindsay! I'm always happy to see more people using polymer clay for modern jewelry projects! You can find some of mine here if you're interested: http://www.dismountcreative.com/tag/polymer-clay

Amberella said...

Such a different take on a polymer clay bead! Love it!

jenny said...

i love your DIYs... definitely going to have to try this one. :)

Marie und Jana said...

this is so beautiful! saturday i bought some polymer clay but i didn't know what to to with it. now i now it. thank you! :)

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gift2009 said...

Great! i'v been looking everywhere for a tutorial! many thanks x

homeiswherethehairis said...

Hey Lindsay!

I just wanted to let you know I made your bracelets and i absolutely love them :-) i will make a grey one tonight to match the other ones.

Here are the two i made on the first try!

https://p.twimg.com/AyJ4zwWCcAEblOh.jpg

x Jacqueline

creativitymadebyida said...

it looks awesome and I just bought polymer clay and sat down to try it, but the clay gets so soft when I roll it that the shape I cut won't stay... does it get easier if I let the balls sit for a while? :(
thanks!

Laura Does Days said...

Just the tutorial I was looking for! I'm going to get right on this.

Thanks so much :)
Laura
www.lauradoesdays.blogspot.com

effie said...

great job but where do you buy from so cheep clay. could you tell where we can buy too?

Dawn Gaye said...

from a 15 year polymer art clay veteran:
Two things off the top of my head -
altho the beads feel hard after 15 min., it is not long enough for beads this thick. note the pkg. says 15 min per 1/4 inch thickness. If it isn't cured all the way thru, it will crumble from the inside out. it may take a couple years, but it will:( bake them more like an hour.
If the clay gets too warm, soft, & squishy as Ida mentioned, yes, let them sit a while to firm back up or toss in the freezer or fridge for a while.

Just Jo said...

LOVE these!

Jena Silverness said...

curious if these can double as wearable children's teething toy's? Or is the polymer a no go for kiddos?

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