How To Make Polymer Clay Beads
Jessica Rose of the London Jewellery School shows you how to make polymer clay into beautiful and unique bead designs.
You Will Need
- polymer clay in a selection of colours
- 1 tissue blade
- head pin
- pasta maker
- rolling pin (optional)
To begin, you need to condition the clay so it doesn't crack when baking. Remove the clay from its packaging and warm it and flatten it using your hands. Roll the clay through the pasta machine on setting 1. To condition the clay, you should roll it through the machine around 20 times.
On a piece of clingfilm or board, place on sheet of conditioned clay on top of another and cut out a rectangle shape with the tissue blade. Press the clay down to ensure there are no air bubbles. Roll the rectangle up into a sausage shape. Cut out some small slices with the tissue blade. To make smaller beads, squeeze the jelly roll into a thinner shape and cut out slices with the tissue blade.
Roll balls of a base colour of conditioned clay and press in or roll up with the slices of clay. Make a hole in the centre of the balls for threading once they are baked. Bake in the oven at 110 degrees on a paper lined baking tray for 30 minutes. Leave to cool before using.