How to Make Polymer Jewelry

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Polymer clay can be baked in a conventional oven instead of a kiln. This is because polymer clay hardens at a lower temperature than earthen clays, making it an ideal type of clay for children to work with. You can make a variety of different projects using polymer clay, including colorful and artistic jewelry that can be given as handmade gifts to friends and family members.

Things You Will Need:

 –       Polymer Clay

–       Clay Knife

–       Toothpick

 

Instructions:

  • 1 Roll 8 oz. of polymer clay into a 1/2-inch-thick snake. Polymer clay comes in many different colors, or you can select white polymer clay that can be painted after it is baked.
  • 2 Cut the clay snake into 1/2-inch-long pieces using a clay knife.
  • 3 Roll each piece of clay around in your hands to soften it. Mold the clay into the shape you want for each bead.
  • 4 Insert a toothpick into the middle of each bead, then pull out the toothpick to create the bead hole.
  • 5 Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Bake the beads on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Let the beads cool.
  • 6 Cut one 18-inch length and one 8-inch length of elastic string.
  • 7 Thread beads onto both strings, leaving open space on both ends of each string.
  • 8 Tie the ends of the long piece of string together in a knot. This will create the beaded necklace.
  • 9 Tie the ends of the short piece of string together in a knot. This will make the beaded bracelet.

 

Tips & Warnings

  • Use acrylic paint to paint or decorate polymer clay beads after they have been baked.
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