Handmade Beads




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. 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 had 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, mainly because I think I remember getting in trouble for leaving some in the carpet (by accident of course).

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 a nice afternoon - 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 :)

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.

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