It didn’t come out quite like I was hoping, frankly. But you know – I am happy to admit when things don’t go as planned. I didn’t feel like making it all over again, but if I did, I’d make the beads rounder. I was aiming for beads that were pebble-shaped, all a little odd and slightly different shapes and sizes. I saw a gorgeous necklace in a tourist town over the summer that had little river rock pebbles, and I wanted to do something similar (without rock-hunting and investing in the diamond-tipped drill bits to accomplish it).
Well, they looked like pebbles when I first made them, but after poking a sizeable hole in them for stringing… they kind of looked like… Cheerios. Rounder would have looked nicer, I think. I’ll still show you how I made them, in case it inspires you to improve upon my results. ;)
What you’ll need:
Polymer clay – at least one color and white to get your ombre effect. I used a few shades of brown.
Toothpick, needle, skewer, etc. to make your holes.
24-48″ of hemp or cotton twine
I pulled out a few shades of brown clay. Some of it I mixed together for the subtle difference in shades.
I only mixed up a little – about enough to make four beads in each shade.
Then I broke them up into my pebble shapes. I was happy, I though it looked promising at this point… a variety of sizes and imperfect shapes. In my head, this was exactly what I wanted.
I used a bamboo skewer to poke holes in them, and baked according to the package directions (which is different for different brands. (Make sure that anything you are using with your clay is not something you use with food!)
Then, I moved onto making the bracelet. I cut off 2 – 24″ strands of hemp twine (or cotton, or whatever you’re using). You might only need one strand – I just made big holes, so I wanted to fill them. (Hey – creativity doesn’t always have a specific reason, LOL). I doubled them, and knotted off a loop closure to go along with a button. (Make sure your button fits the loop before proceeding.) This makes a 12″ strand to work with, which is much larger than what you need – but by the time you add your knots, and you may need to trim the ends as you work if they begin to fray, it’s better to have too much than not enough.
Next, I just strung the beads on, color-block-style, with each of the same-colored beads together. This was when I notice that my pebble shapes were not the intended look I was going for. But, being so close to finished – I continued. ;)
When I got to the end, I knotted it off. Check the length against your wrist. If you find you’re short, that’s okay – just make another knot. Then, I tied my button onto the end. To do that, just loop two of your strands through the buttonholes from the underside, over to the other hole, and back underneath.
Then tie it and trim it. I put a dot of glue on it to help keep it secure before trimming. And that’s it!
I’m deeming this one a disappointment. Not an actual fail, because I still managed to make an ombre clay bracelet – but not a success because it wasn’t the look I envisioned in my head, you know?
What do you think? How would you improve on this idea?
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