How To :: Make Faceted Beads ::

Posted by vicki brown on


I recently found myself experimenting with a new (to me) air dry clay by fimo, called Air Dry Light, that I picked up at Craft Hobby and Stitch a few weeks ago. I decided to make some of my geometric beads for painting, as I was making some I thought I'd share with you a little 'how to' so you can make your own if you so desire.

Make your own faceted beads from air dry clay.

They're really easy to make, look great and you can use any kind of air dry or polymer clay.

The air dry light I used is very odd, the finished result reminds me of polystyrene and it certainly is light. I quite like the effect. I decorated mine with sharpies, but actually I think if you were to use paints and varnish them you'd get a better result.



Tutorial for making geometric beads from polymer clay

Here are some of the beads I made using polymer clay to give you an idea of how they'd look.

Ingredients ::
Clay (air dry or polymer whatever takes your fancy)
Craft Knife.
Skewer or toothpick for making the hole.
Paints etc for decorating.

Make your own faceted beads from air dry clay.

Method :: 

Take a piece of clay slightly larger than you want you finished bead to be and roll it into a ball. 

With your craft knife slice a straight edge down one side of the ball. Then working from that flat edge another at a slightly different angle, then another. Keep going until your entire bead is made up of flat edges.

Make your own faceted beads from air dry clay.

Make your own faceted beads from air dry clay.

Make your own faceted beads from air dry clay.

To pierce the hole, choose a side for it to start and insert your skewer, twist it slightly as go through the clay. Don't put it all the way through the bead, but instead just leave a tiny indent on the other side of your bead. Then insert the skeewer through the other side using your indent as a guide, carefully twisting as you go through again.

Make your own faceted beads from air dry clay.

Make your own faceted beads from air dry clay.

If using air dry clay, leave to dry as per the instructions, if using polymer clay, bake following the instructions on the packet.

Make your own faceted beads from air dry clay.

When your beads have hardened, decorate as you please or leave them as they are, string them up and wear with pride.



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