Here’s a super easy tutorial on how to make your own beaded necklace. Customise it how you like, add more beads or less! If you know someone who doesn’t want chocolate for Easter, this is nice alternative!
So get your hands on some Fimo (polymer clay) in colours of your own choice. You can get basically any colour you like so don’t be afraid to experiment! You can find the range at Eckersleys, any craft store or on Ebay.
Cut sections of the same size out of your blocks of Fimo – the size you cut with determine the size of your beads, so if you want them bigger or varying in size, cut the clay appropriately. I made mine on dinner plates because the colours of the clay tends to stain things and I have a white dining table. Roll the clay between your hands until it starts to form a ball. It’s quite firm at first, but it will eventually soften! Keep rolling until it’s smooth and without lines or bumps.
Once you’re happy with the first one, using a skewer, carefully pierce a hole through the middle. Once you you get all the way through, spin the skewer so it slides easily in and out from both sides of the bead. Once you’re happy with the hole, pop that bead aside.
Rinse and repeat with the next colour!
When you are finished making each bead, preheat your oven to 110°C. You can bake your beads on either baking paper or alumiumum foil. When your oven’s nice and warm, pop them for half an hour while you clean up the clay mess and make a cup of tea!
The beads should be nice and firm (and hot!) when you take them out of the oven. Leave them to cool.
Now at this point you can choose to sand them using a very very fine grit sandpaper under running water or you can keep them as is with a little character! I left mine and threaded it onto a simple brown leather chord, knotting it at the end. It’s really up to you as to how you wear the beads and attach them! That’s what I love about this project, that you can completely customise it to your taste and style!
So here’s my finished product and I have to say, I love it! So, this weekend, make one of these babies and then share your final products with us!