Polymer Clay Beads

Polymer Clay Beads

So you have some left over Polymer clay lying around? Here is the perfect little DIY to use up those leftover tid bits. Have fun mixing colours, creating patterns and textures to make unique bead necklaces to treat yourself and your friends!

What you will need:

  • A few different colours Polymer Clay – I used some leftover Sculpey clay from making these earrings
  • Modelling tools – I used a scalpel and a skewer
  • Baking tray lined with baking paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Polymer glaze
  • Necklace cording of your choice – I used leather cord and some hemp cord

Step 1:

Gather your equipment and clear your workspace.

Step 2:

Start moulding your polymer clay, mix colours together to create a marbled effect or patterns – get amongst it and get creative!

Roll your clay into balls to create your bead shape.

Step 3:

Using a skewer, pencil or something similar to create the holes for your beads.


Step 4:

Add embellishments and texture to your beads using your tools, I also created some square beads using a scalpel to cut clean straight(ish) edges.


Step 5:

Place you finished pretties onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and pop in a pre heated oven at 120°C for 25 minutes then leave to cool.


Step 6:

Once cool if desired coat your beads with polymer glaze and leave to dry.


Step 7:

Thread your beads onto your necklace cording. Once you have threaded your beads on cut your cord to your desired length and tie the ends together to create your necklace.

For the hemp cord I created a cleaner join using a needle and thread, stitching the ends together and then covering the join by wrapping embroidery thread around the cord and fixing it in place using the needle.

Hey presto you have made your very own original bead necklace! Spruce up an outfit and show off your new gems or wrap them up beautifully as a gift for a loved one.




2 thoughts on “Polymer Clay Beads

  1. Love these, Tamsin. The colours and different patterns are so effective. I feel like I really need to play with some clay at some point! I have some polymer clay necklaces from a friend that I love wearing but I’ve worn them so often I could do with an updated look! x

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