Polymer clay beads are a thing.
They are everywhere and nearly every crafty person is having a roll and selling them at their local craft market. Personally I think polymer clay jewelry should be left as a personal craft, something to do with the kids, an easy project to whip up on a rainy Sunday afternoon. I'm getting a bit bored with seeing it at every craft market. It's the new "soy candle" and everyone is having a crack. Don't get me wrong - if that's your thing then go for it, but maybe just find something to 'mix it up' with the ball rolling craft.
I use to make things out of polymer clay when I was a child crafter. My first commission came from a friend of my Nana's who saw my little bears and dogs I lovingly spent hours crafting. The kind lady paid me to make some vegetables to put in a mini wheelbarrow she had. My parents weren't as keen about my craft but mainly because I think I remember getting in trouble for leaving some in the carpet by accident.
I decided not to buy polymer clay to make some necklaces with my little girl, instead I got out the air drying clay and we spent an hour rolling some balls and putting them to dry on some skewers, creating holes for the cord. A few weeks later when they were dry I sand papered any rough bits off and we painted them with normal acrylic paints.
I chose to use the three primary colours and a gold. I only painted half of my balls leaving the lovely white clay exposed on the other half.
The little girl went with a multi-colour theme (surprise-surprise) and we got lovely and messy on a Sunday afternoon.
I have a feeling the paint wont wear well on the beads but I can't decide if to protect them with a sealant and lose the lovely matt finish or just risk it. I think I'll be a dare devil and leave it to see what happens.
It was good time - maybe something we will do again - but certainly you wont see me trying to flog them off on a future stall of mine. Have fun ball rolling people :)
*Dear Tony Abbott - It just took me well over an hour to load these pictures - I live 6 kms out of town with no access to "proper" internet. Still think we don't need NBN?? F.U.