Jewellery Making · Polymer Clay

Hand Embossed Beads

At the start of the summer I decided that I wanted to make some simple beaded, polymer clay necklaces. These were supposed to be quick and easy beads to make fun, everyday necklaces.

I chose my colours of clay and made into little balls. I decided to hand emboss little patterns onto them which would be accented with acrylic paint once hardened. Cup of tea to hand and Netflix playing I set to work.

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Let me tell you, these quick and simple beads took hours to make. Each colour had their own pattern so after about 5 colours I had to get a inventive with my embossing tools. I also made some smaller plain balls and flatter disc shapes.

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I loved the results though once the paint was applied and the embossed beads got 2 coats of gloss varnish. I left the smaller beads and discs in a matte finish and strung them on waxed cotton cord. Those dark green beads remind me of cacti!

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They were all strung differently so no two necklaces are the same and I coordinated the cord to the beads so the lighter colour beads had a lighter cord and the darker or earthier colour necklace had a navy or dark brown cord respectively.

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As well as every colour scheme being unique I also varied the fastening so some necklaces have a traditional clasp and others have a sliding knot fastening so that the necklace can be slipped on over your head and then the two ‘clasp’ beads can be pulled to make the necklace shorter.

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I love how playful they turned out so much so that I had to keep one for myself.

Tropical Necklace Hannah

The dreaded selfie!

Thanks for reading.

Hannah xx

ps, I don’t want to make this a selling post but if you wish to see more the necklaces are in my Etsy shop

 

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