Jewelry & Fashion | 29 October 2015Using Polymer Clay to Make Beads Share article facebook twitter google pinterest In today’s world, receiving a hand made gift is rare and something to be treasured. In Charm Love Friendship Bracelets, we’re going to take a glimpse into the world of working with polymer clay and how you can use it to make many different types of jewelry, including friendship bracelets. The process of conditioning polymer clay—kneading it to evenly distribute the plasticizers and make the clay body more consistent, allowing it to cure into a stronger finished product—varies for different clay types. Most clays are soft and ready to use right out of the package, requiring minimal kneading before starting a project. TEXTURING Polymer clay looks great with texture added to the surface. You can texturize clay with rubber stamps, leather stamping tools, found objects, lace, fabric, seashells, and other items. Almost anything that has a relief pattern is fair game. MAKING BEADS Beads can be made by rolling by hand or cutting shapes with tools. After forming a bead, let it rest or cool it in the refrigerator before piercing so it will hold its shape. To pierce a bead, use a needle tool to go through one side of the bead about half way and then turn the bead around and pierce back through from the opposite side. There will be more distortion if you only pierce from one direction. SCULPTING After conditioning, polymer clay is ready to shape or mold into beads or figures. For rolling bead shapes or sculpting tiny elements, your hands are often the best tools. A simple round bead can be rolled between the palms of your hands. Ropes or snakes of clay are easiest to roll on a flat surface using your hand to apply pressure while rolling to lengthen and thin the rope of clay. Buy from an Online Retailer US: Bestselling crafts book author Sherri Haab offers a new take on the classic friendship bracelet with 35 fresh, fashionable, and modern designs! A hugely popular rite of passage for girls all over the world, the friendship bracelet has recently become a fashion staple for women of all ages, incorporating various braiding, knotting, weaving, and embellishment materials and techniques. The techniques and materials of the classic friendship bracelet trace their roots to Central and South America, and the fashion world’s renewed interest in all things ethnic have transported it to the runway, inspiring celebrities, models, and fashion mavens like Beyonce, Heidi Klum, Lauren Conrad, Bar Rafaeli, and Rita Ora to sport “stacks” of ultra-chic wrist candy and retailers to sell expensive versions. In Charm Love Friendship Bracelets, bestselling crafts book author Sherri Haab offers a new take on the classic friendship bracelet that shows how to make pretty, chic, and wearable polymer clay charms and beads and combine them with traditional knotting/macrame, braiding, wrapping, and other techniques using inexpensive threads, cording, beads, and findings to create 35 fresh, fashionable, and modern designs. The book covers essential supplies, knotting techniques (with step-by-step illustrations), and working with polymer clay. The designs take a timeless classic and give it a new twist with fun, fashion-forward projects that let you customize your creations with easy-to-make polymer clay charms and beads as well as other easy-to-find embellishments. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.