How To Make Clay Beads For Jewelry
You can use clay to make beads of both simple and more elaborate designs. This is an amazing hobby as you get use your creativity in making your own jewelry and other accessories. You can make beads from different types of clay but polymer clay is the most suitable type of clay for beads, and you can bake your beads using just a regular oven toaster instead of a kiln. You can make different types of accessory using polymer clay and give them as gifts or keep them for your own personal use.
What comes to mind when you talk about clay is the type that children play with to make models of animals, people or other objects. Others may visualize vase or bowl making using a pottery wheel but you can also create fashionable accessories using clay. You can make bracelets, necklaces, charms and many other things. You do not need any formal education to make accessories from clay, and you can make them in the comfort of your own home.
Making clay beads
Polymer clay is a colorful material which you can mix and match. This makes the purchasing of the material fun and exciting. You will be inspired to create many beautiful and useful things when you see these stunning, colorful materials. While you can make clay accessories as simple as you like, you can activate your inner creativity and try using other materials to make your creations more colorful, more fashionable and more unusual; in fact, whatever you choose as you will come up with so many great ideas. You can use glitter, paint or any other art materials you can think of. It is your choice, your design, your creation. There are even starter kits available to help you get started. You can also find books on how to make polymer clay beads and learn about different styles and techniques in making different accessories using polymer clay.
Learning to make clay beads is not at all difficult. In fact, you will find it simple and easy to do. First, you will need to cut your clay into little pieces and knead them to make them warm so that they become flexible. Mold the clay into whatever shape you want. You can do whatever you want; you can experiment and bring out the creativity in you and make your very own designs. You need to pierce a hole at the center of your beads using a big needle that is dusted with either cornstarch or talcum powder so it will not stick to the bead. They are now ready to bake. Arrange them on a baking tray and bake as instructed on the packaging label. Put a sheet of parchment paper beneath the beads to keep them from sticking and another sheet on top of the clay to prevent them from burning.