DIY Braided Clay Bracelet

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Yes I am obsessed with polymer clay. Its such a fun material to work with because if you mess up... you just mash it all up and start again. Today's DIY is a spin off of this project that I did a little while back.

What you will need:
  • Polymer clay
  • Razor blade
Knead the clay with your hands to soften it up.

Using the palm of your hand roll out three long tubes.

Mash the top of the tubes together and begin braiding.

Using your own wrist as a guide determine how long you want to make your bracelet. Use the razor blade to slice off the remainder.


Connect the two ends and gently mash ( I cant think of a better word so mash it is) the two ends together.

Bake for 25 minutes at 245 degrees.

I decided bright yellow was not very "fall" so I switched it out for bronze.

Have a little wrist party and make as many as you want!

If you want to see more ways to create with polymer clay you can check here here and here.

137 comments:

Lia said...

This is insane! I need to start working with polymer clay, you keep showing such amazing and unique pieces! Great job, I love these!
xoxo
Lia

sherri lynn said...

I love these! I might even like them more the bangles! And these colors are so perfect for fall!

Rebecca - A Daily Something said...

Ahhhhhh, you're amazing. Personally, I'm thrilled you're obsessed w/polymer clay...if it means we get to see your awesome creations :D Where can I buy polymer clay...Michaels?

Anna said...

oh my gosh! So pretty! Are they delicate? I tend to bang my hands on everything.

Vanessa said...

that looks soooo cool :)
xx

Paislea Elyse said...

these are soooooo cute!!! thanks for sharing!!!

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Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

These are adorable!! And braids are so in right now. This is like the "grown up" version of friendship bracelets!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Anna- Once they are baked they are very durable!

Ashley said...

This may be my favorite polymer clay jewelry that you've done so far. I love how they look finished. Very nice!

Rachel said...

These are awesome! I'm going to have to give it a try! So cool

Christy from fountains of home said...

Wow-they look so cool! Great idea!

Gentri said...

Whhhhaaaaaaattt?!?!?! That is AMAZING! I can just bake them in the oven??!! SO CUTE!!

Brittany said...

This is crazy amazing!!! I love this.

Stephanie said...

WOW! Great job! I love it!

Erica M. said...

This is awesome! I have never seen anything like this. Definitely going to have to give this a try.

Thanks for sharing!

heather j said...

you're a polymer clay genius. :)

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog.
Cute bracelet and very pretty color. Thanks for sharing.

Angela said...

So adorable. Thanks for checking out my blog.

Method Clothe

Meredith said...

I just LOVE all the projects you do with polymer clay! I've been wanting to get some for myself to create my own jewelry...it's on my to-do list :)

Haute To Sew

S.Art by S.M. said...

Wow I am amazed :) I'm definitely gonna try this one.

Kyla said...

Aww, what an adorable idea! I would never have thought to braid clay. I really love that textured grey clay you have, too...

Rachael said...

Wow! I used to play with Sculpey when I was little. I used an old wine box as a house and made everything else myself (Sculpey furniture, sculpey oven, sculpey people, etc) . I never realized it was for grown ups too! But now that I'm reminiscing, I think I'll pick some up for my sisters (we wanna do crafts today). Thanks for the good idea as always!

Francesca. said...

Oh wow, this looks like such a fun DIY project, I'm definitely going to give it a go - thanks for sharing! xx

Melissa I. said...

These are so cute! I would have to measure around the widest part of my hand because arthritis has left its mark. I can never buy non-clasping bracelets as a result. Now, I feel pretty cool about making my own! Thank you!

birdie to be said...

Wow! These are so cute! And they look sooooo easy!

Nikki said...

Those are great! Are they brittle though? Do you have to be careful about hitting them for fear they'll break?

A Northern Girl With A Southern Heart said...

Wow thats awesome! Will def try that.

Heather said...

I seriously need to pick u some polymer clay. You can do so much with it!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Nikki- they are actually a little bendy and flexible but still durable once baked.It's a pretty cool material to work with.

Lindsay said...

Linds, are you serious?? This is gorgeous! I am in love with this DIY. I swear, you know SO much about polymer clay. Please link this up on my first party!

http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-1.html

sarah said...

awe, cute idea... i love the look of anything braided! :)

Chunny said...

Such an artistic work. Good job! The results are pretty. Thank you for sharing.

Megan and Justin said...

these are AWESOME! thanks for sharing:)

@jackiegiardina said...

OMG what an awesome DIY I'm gunna need to try this!!!!

xo Jackie
http://livingaftermidnite.blogspot.com

Collins @ Life. Mostly Sweet. said...

girl, you have the best DIYs ever!

Alexa said...

How cool are these? The colors are amazing.
xo
Alexa
www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

Anna Elder said...

oh my gosh. i love this!! i'm totally doing this. thanks for sharing.

p.s. it was great to hear that you liked the products i shared being an esthetician and all. made my day! :)

tracy said...

Love these!!! A nice project for my daughter and me, thanks!

Amy said...

I JUST saw this pinned on Pinterest and I love it!! Even a non-crafty person like me can do it! Question - do they break easily once you bake them or no? And where can you find the clay? I'm so doing this!

HazelandMare said...

That is such a cool idea! You ALWAYS have cool ideas! :) I want to go buy some clay this weekend now!

viv{re} said...

OMG i love these! i'll have to try this out. as always, great tutorials and ideas!

Katrina said...

Pinned it! :) I should really get on it with trying out this polymer clay now!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

You are a clay master. I love the color choice you went with. Perfect for all seasons!

Ty and Whitty said...

oh my heck this is amazing. Thank you so much for linking this up to mine and Lindsays Party Show and Share! I am your newest follower come follow me :)

A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
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Melissa Blake said...

omg, those are so beautiful! I've never seen anything like this!

Rachel @ Lines across my face said...

These are beautiful! I have some clay sitting around and I definitely want to try to make these.
:) Rachel

Chelsea said...

This is AMAZING!! I'm adding this to my list of things to try! I love the end result and absolutely adore the bronze.

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

Those are so cool - I didn't know you could braid that stuff! love it!!

Anne said...

Such gorgeous colours Lindsay! I do like that lemon colour but you're right. Probably not for Fall.

Anne xx

Daisy said...

WoW! These are so cute!!!

Caitlin C. said...

Oh my goodness.. these are amazing!! I love the colors you picked out, too. I'm for sure making these!

S and O said...

Those came out looking so nice!
What a cool idea :)
xoxo
Olivia

sara tee said...

i'll be honest, this is pretty freakin cool. i don't know if i would have the patience though, haha

www.hiimsaratee.blogspot.com

WobiSobi said...

Oh my! this is amazing!!

Meghan [My Kind of Crazy] said...

what a fun idea! i love diy projects and have never thought to do something like this. love it!

adorable blog, btw. :)

Sharstin said...

ummm--to cool--sorta love this!

Kathleen said...

These are really fabulous!

Ariel said...

I just love this! Such a fun idea!

angie on maui said...

Wow - these are awesome! I would have never thought of making bracelets out of polymer clay! Now I am totally tempted to give these a try...and I might just have to steal your idea as far as colors go. :)

Thanks so for sharing!

Mongs said...

as usual, simple and so cute. The colors are sweet and lovely too! You're a genius!

love,mongs
mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

Wendy said...

Okay, this is pretty awesome!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

wow those are pretty fantastic! i love the pink one. xoxo jillian:: don't miss my fishs eddy dish giveaway!

Shona said...

Those are super cute! Thanks for sharing!

Jenna Lee said...

OK...you have got to be kidding! how do you come up with this stuff. I will take one of each and I will pay you as much as you like! THEY are AWESOME... i think you need to open a shop... I will be your biggest customer

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

Oh my gosh, these are gorgeous! I really need to make one of these - the braided ones are my favourite!!
Jo-Anna

heartland farmhouse said...

Very nice!!!

Andrea @ Strawberry Chic said...

These are darling! I love the color combination you used!

Holly said...

how creative and chic!

Cara said...

These are so awesome, I am adding this to my list of cute projects to try once fall rolls around and I can start crafting again!

stephanie said...

I am so inspired by this. Man, oh man...I'm going to have to get some clay and start making stuff. Thanks for the tutorial!

Meg {henninglove} said...

you always have the most creative DIY i love this project. maybe i'll be making my way over to michaels during my lunch break ;-)

Erin Lian said...

Eeek these are so cute, wonderful diy!! Looking forward to having a go :P
<3

Mo Pie, Please said...

Wow, these are fantastic!!!!

Craftmaker said...

Wow! These are soooo cute!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a message ;)

Anna of IHOD said...

GET OUT! I am totally doing these. I am guessing you just measure them so that they can slip on? They are adorable! Going to pin this now:)

Craftmaker said...

PS: I am your newest follower too :)

Miss Kait said...

I love polymer clay so much! It was my favourite as a kid :)

drollgirl said...

i love the thickness and the look of the texture! super!

Amy said...

You make it look so easy! I'm hearing etsy store screaming full of clay! Do it!!! I love the bronze switch up!

McKenna said...

Amazing! I want to make some of these awesome bracelets!!!

Ashley said...

Hi there! I'm a new follower & I love your blog! I especially love the polymer clay projects & this one tops it off! I love bangles, but can never buy them because the width of my hand won't allow a bangle to comfortably go onto my wrist. This project is perfect because I can size it how I want! I look forward to reading more recipes, craft ideas, and your tips about healthy skin! Thanks :)
http://atouchofashley.blogspot.com/

WholeHeartedly Hannah said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

This idea is FABULOUS- definitely not something I would have thought of on my own. I WILL be trying this soon. You've got yourself a new follower!

Hannah
WholeHeartedlyHannah.blogspot.com

Cat said...

Love! I always see polymer clay in the art stores and think ... I really need a project so I can play with that stuff :)

❤ Cat brideblu

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

These are SO good! I used to love that clay as a kid too. Ahh what a good weekend project. Thanks for the inspiration.

Pich and Roor said...

seriously ?!?! these are amazing & I love the color combination sooo perfect! But you really do need to get a pair of nude pumps ASAP :) tomorrows Friday soo excited!!

pageonpaper said...

What a great DIY! Love this!

Sarah said...

What a lovely little idea - I love the colours of them and they are so simple and effective. Might try this one at home!

Sarah
xo

www.almostdelightful.com

Danielle said...

Love polymer clay! I have several bricks of the stuff laying around. I usually buy the white stuff (It seems to be cheaper that way) then hand paint everything I do. Although, I am really tempted to splurge on some colors. Great DIY!

adele said...

Hey Lindsay! Thanks for stopping by my blog & your lovely comment!
This looks like so much fun to make.
Happy weekend xoxo
http://www.intotheblonde.com/

lovemins said...

omg i love all of them! you always inspire me :) xoxo, saskia

Renee said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH I Loooooove these.

jessica said...

such a fun and easy DIY!! love the colors!

dana @ wonder forest said...

LOVE this!!!
xo dana
thewonderforest.com

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

So brilliant! See, this is why I blog because there are so many more creative and brilliant people out there than me! Then I can do it and totally take credit at the genius (c: HA!!!

Caroline said...

I love all these polymer tutorials! So fun and simple! I have a DIY to-do list a mile long - I'm so behind in my RSS feed that I just skimmed over your recent post about Goals vs To-Do list and it made me smile so hard - my OCD has the exact same hold on my tasks! Anyway - I can't wait to try these! Finally something relaxing to check off a to-do list :)

Hope you have a great weekend!

Kimia Kline said...

this is brilliant! love the tutorial :) and the wrist party aftermath.

Jacob15 said...

Cool, I am going to have to make my momma one :)

MyBunnyGoBoom said...

I really like this, looks simple enough to do and I have a stash of polymer clay lying around. How do they hold up under the strain of sliding them on and off?

erin said...

I had a HUGE polymer clay phase when Klutz came out with those Incredible Clay books! These are definitely prettier than all those millefiori bead and hemp chokers I used to make (and wear) by the dozens. Also, thanks for stopping by my blog too!
erin

thanksimadeit.blogspot.com

Lindsay said...

This is beyond cute. I MUST make one :)

Grace said...

such a great idea!!! i love it!

xx grace

wildchild said...

woah, i did not even know this stuff existed. and they turn out so pretty! smart idea dude

www.StarHughes.com said...

Genius!!!! And WOW, over 100 comments!!! I think you are the next Pioneer Woman Lindsay! :) So happy for you!!! And so excited to make these bracelets!

Lindsay said...

Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today from the Show & Share party! Congrats! Make sure to grab a button!

The Dainty Doll's House said...

These are fabulous, I'll need to make one sometime :)) So easy too. Thank you for visiting my blog & I'm really happy you enjoyed the post and the quote, its one of my favourites & I think it's a great way to live :) I hope you are well & have a great week xx Great blog, am following you now :) xx

Tairalyn said...

I think you now have me officially obsessed with Polymer Clay... so much so I'm going out today to get sum and I'm going to create and bake my lil' heart out!!!!

XO
Tairalyn

http://www.little-miss-mama.blogspot.com

Jaime Lyn said...

Hi Lindsay! i am so glad you stopped by my blog and let me know you had a couple of clay projects as well----of course I had to come by and check them out! I am inspired! How cute and simple are these?! Anyways, I am excited to have found your blog---I will have to look around some more!
Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

kimberly said...

Such a great idea! Now I want polymer clay!
www.ahmusing.etsy.com

Angie @TwoFriendsTwoCities said...

Love the bronze one! Super cute idea!!!

Anonymous said...

I have been making some of these and I can't quite get mine a good size to slide over my hand! Are yours pretty tight when you slide them onto your wrist? Also, can't get them to connect as smooth as yours!

Any suggestions?

radmegan said...

This is so lovely! I'm really happy I found your blog!

xoxo

http://radmegan.blogspot.com

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Amber said...

What brand is that cement looking gray clay??? Where would I buy it? Never saw that color in Sculpey!

jessicaj said...

I love this idea! I bought my polymer clay tonight...hopefully I have great bracelets like your's! :)

Bee & San said...

This is my Favourite !! I love the color Combination!!
When i tried to make the same with Air dry clay!! it Broke!! :(

Phoenix Foodies said...

I've had very similar ideas myself and I love working with clay. Thanks for sharing!

evdokia t. said...

thank you for sharing this amazing tutorial! i have a question about the size of the bracelets. it must be a little bit bigger than the wrist to fit easily after baking?

STACY said...

i also would love to know what the brand is for that grey speckled clay!

Julieta V said...

I've seen your DIY at pinterest first and I have to say that I adore it! I haven't used this clay but I must try!!!

thanks 4 sharing :D

xoxo Julieta
www.vjuliet.com

kadi said...

Thanks for the tutorial!
These are only my second project with polymer, but I think there are many more in my future =)

http://kunstlichekadi.blogspot.com/2012/04/fimo-braided-bangles.html

JewelryRage said...

Awesome I love these bracelets!

Jewelry Rage

PROTOS said...

VEry good idea! nice bracelets!

Shelby said...

Hey there! I really loved this tutorial, so I did it myself! I posted it on my blog too. I didn't use any of your pictures, but I did link back to you when I mentioned where I got the idea from. I hope that's okay! I've been prowling through your blog, and there are so many cool projects! If ever I use any more, I will definitely link back to you, so people can know where the idea originally came from. Thanks for posting these! Very cool.

erin hensley said...

I made these last night and when I woke up this morning, they were very hard and broke apart when I tried to put them on. Is this the expected outcome? Or should I not bake them as long to maintain some elasticity?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

They should not break. I would suggest not baking them as long. Best of luck!

A.L. Designs Jewelry said...

Lovely polymer clay bracelet tutorial :)

Scarlet Ferrero said...

These are adorable! Thanks for the tutorial. Can you suggest any site where I can buy Polymer clay online?

Procuffs said...

its also a great gifts for any one.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if it was ok to use these ideas to make stuff to sell at a charity event and youth group activity for church?

Monica
Taylors, SC

Jennifer Gibbons said...

They look cute, but I think they'd break easy. I'd sooner buy a metal bangle and then 'mash' the braid onto it or adhere it somehow to give it some strength.

Amanda Sparks said...

Thanks for this idea! This is a wonderful tutorial. I love polymer clay.

Best,
Amanda

Estelle said...

This is an amazing idea! It got me all inspired and now I'm going to get some polymer clay and make my own :D

Chibis y Más said...

Really good idea!! this bracelet. I love polyclay. I have to do this bracelet. They are amazing.
http://www.youtube.com/user/chibisymas

mary anwash said...

I have seen some adorable (what seems to be polymer clay) chain links for cute bracelet.Would anyone know how to create chain links.
Thanks
anwashb@yahoo.com. luv,luv your blog;)

Deepa Gantayat said...

What a great tutorial…. it is not as hard as it looks! Thanks for

sharing this...

A Golden Tulip said...

Love this tutorial...the bracelets look great..

xo
Hems
This products sounds nice...more like the various camouflage creams out there..

xo
Hems
http://agoldentulip.blogspot.com/

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