Tuesday, October 26, 2010

how to make polymer clay beads

Tutorial and Giveaway


Tutorial

What is polymer clay?

Polymer clay is a synthetic clay-like material made out of resin, binders, plasticizers and pigments.
To cure polymer clay, you need to bake it in an oven.


Cut the polymer clay into chunks.



Knead the clay in your hands.


For this example, I will be making a pink and green bead.


roll a small amount of each color.


twist the two colors together.


and knead it in your hands a few times until the colors are well blended.


roll into a ball



use a needle or an awl to poke a hole




Make a bunch of these in different sizes, shapes and colors.




Place your beads on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
Bake it in an oven.


NOTE: Sculpey suggests that you bake it at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.
But, since my oven heats up fast, I alter the suggested time and temperature.
I usually put it in at 250 degrees for 10 minutes and then I turn the oven off 
and leave it in for the remaining 5 minutes. 

It is important to keep an eye on it while it bakes.... 
specially, if you have never worked with this material before.
Once baked, spray or coat the beads with a polymer clay sealer.

GIVEAWAY

Yay, another giveaway.
A lucky reader will get this package of 40 handmade beads.
leave a comment/name.
The winner will be randomly selected on Friday 10/29/2010 by random.org

Enjoy!



35 comments:

An Evolving Artist @ Swallowcliffs.blogspot.com/ said...

Awesome. I have some white clay... can you tint it? Put me in for the drawing!

Herm said...

Love your beads, look like candies!!! yummy colors

Cherie said...

Great tutorial, Alma! Thanks so much for sharing!
Cherie
cherie@clickworks.com

vilterietje said...

Alma, I would love to enter the give away competition and if I don't win.....I'm gonna boy the clay and make and bake them myself :O)
Love,Riet

Lynn Sponagle said...

Your beads are very pretty!!

Barbara L. said...

It's been a long time since I used polymer clay. These beads look like such fun and relatively easy. Thanks for the tutorial and the nudge.

Anonymous said...

I'm smiling!! I sooo love these beads!! They make me happy!!

jackiegoad said...

Groovy Awesome!!!

April Hall said...

What awesome beads! I would love to win this for my mom Penney! Thanks Alma!

Pumpkingirl1 said...

I am so happy that I discovered your web site. First one I check out when I get out the bed. Thanks for the tutorial. Would love to have your beads.

Judy

Joanie Hoffman said...

Ahh, what a pick-me-up just to see your beads. Please enter my name in your very pretty giveaway.
Thanks!
Happy Tuesday,
Joanie

Trudis Felt said...

I love the way how the colors touch each other. Colors mean a lot to me. Thank you Alma for leaving a comment on my blog, I really appreciate that!
Cariños de Trudis

Peggy said...

wow! I would love to win those beautiful beads!

Penny said...

Wow what fun beads, please put me in the draw.

bstaple117 said...

I'd love to win those cool beads. I will need to dig out my daughters fimo to see if I like any of her colors. Thanks for the tutorial

Sandy said...

wow these are gorgeous!!!! Thanks for sharing and count me in!

Becky said...

Your beads are so cute! i would love to have them. Your tutorial was so timely because I had JUST purchased some clay.... Thanks!

csigaszabo said...

Alma, alma piros alma odafent a fán.
Ha elérném nem kímélném leszakítanám.

Thanks for the tutorial, i will try it!

ArtL8dY said...

Alma, You inspire me!
Sharon aka ArtL8dY

Patty Biermans said...

It looks like candy and I think that it makes a very colorful neckless. Your tutorial is very well understood. :-) greetings, patty

iHanna said...

Strangely enough, I have un-opened package of clay in colours green + pink! I always think I will do beads with it, and maybe now is the time!

peggy said...

They look good enough to eat, love them. I think I would just sit and look at them. Thanks for the chance to win.

Claire said...

Who knew that making beads was this easy? Thank you for the great inspiration.

Penney said...

Alma: Such fun! Thank you for sharing this tutorial!

craftirn said...

I loved this tutorial. It makes ti so easy to follow. I loved the colors you used.
Barb

Linda said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful!

Toni said...

I absolutely love your blog. I've been "stalking" it for some time now. I absolutely LOVE these beads and you make it look so easy! I may just become Sculpey obsessed after seeing these! Just what I need, another project ;)

Jeannie said...

Thanks for a great tutorial. Your beads make me happy! Have a great weekend.

Anita Van Hal said...

What awesome beads! Thanks for the chance to win! I especially LOVE the pink and green beads...my two favorite colors! Hugs!

firstborn said...

how FAB...thanks for the tutorial & for the chance to win!! i hope i made it for the drawing... :) mary ann

Anonymous said...

enjoyed the beads! nice tutorial. Peggy Fry in Tulsa.

JewelMary said...

I love your site. Thanks for sharing how to make ploymer clay beads. I would love to try this. And your tutorial seems easy enough to follow.Please enter me to win :)

Anonymous said...

I have a lot of clay and you gave me an easy idea on how to make some beads without all the trouble thank you I love your beads very much

Unknown said...

Beautiful colors!

Brony Jordan said...

Great tutorial easy to follow. Awesome bead collection. Very clever.