How To Make Gold Bar Beads With Polymer Clay

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The boys both woke up yesterday with little colds, which meant it was going to be a sucky day for sure haha just kidding (sort of)... it meant that we were staying home and relaxing and not doing much.  I decided to get out my clay stuff and try to recreate the gold bar look, which I have wanted to do for the longest time.  I love how this turned out and the ways you can wear these are endless.

What you will need:
  • Translucent polymer clay 
  • Gold powdered pigment 
  • Razor blade
  • Waxed cotton cord for either bracelets or necklaces  
  • Bead making tool or toothpick
  1. Rip off a little chunk of clay and condition it in between your hands so that it is soft and pliable. 
  2. Pour a small amount of gold pigment into a dish.  Place the ball of clay in the dish and roll it around thoroughly coating it.  Then mash up the little ball and repeat.  Do this until the translucent clay is evenly a rich and vibrant shade of gold. 
  3. Roll the piece of clay into a ball and then using your hand roll it into a tube bead (see picture instructions here)
  4. Place the tube of clay onto the bead making tool, use the palm of your hand to roll out any imperfections and to make it smooth. Wiggle the metal tool around until you have a nice size hole.
  5. Take a tiny bit of gold pigment and gently rub it onto your bead on last time to give it a little extra boost of gold color. 
  6. Place your beads on a designated craft baking sheet and bake according to your clay directions.
  7. Before beads completely cool, use the razor to slice off each end of your beads to give them a more finished look.
  8. Attach the beads into the waxed cotton cord and wear them as a necklace or bracelet!

I love how these turned out.  You can make one and keep it simple or make multiple beads and layer them up! 

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Simply LKJ said...

Love this. Love the three layered together.

Anonymous said...

oh how brilliant of your! making something so pretty out of a sick day!! i really love them layered up like that!

Amalia Athanaeleas said...

LOVE this, Lindsay! I never heard of translucent polymer clay, and it is so brilliant with the gold powdered pigment.
xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

Dawn Moore said...

Hello...I love these! We need to have a wine and craft day.

Nat{natyouraveragegirl} said...

so cute! i love how you layered them!

... said...

Hello! I’ve just spent a lovely hour reading lots of your postings – you make beautiful things! I’m eager to try some clay projects. I have bought some Fimo Soft Polymer Modelling Moulding Clay, some lovely looking Adirondack Alcohol Inks and a jar of Fimo Polymer Clay Water Based Gloss Varnish. I am now officially one of those “all the gear and no idea” girls :)
Do you have any experience with inks and/or varnishing polymer clay? I'm just wondering if I should bake/paint/varnish in that order? Or paint/bake/varnish… bake/varnish/paint/varnish….?! Any help would be hugely appreciated!

lizzyljm said...

Hi i would like to ask whether would the gold pigment stain hands or clothes after baking?

Kez said...

This is so classy! I'm inspired!


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