Polymer Clay Beads

In 2023, I completed The 100 Day Project once again. It’s an incredibly fruitful and fulfilling project that I had complete twice before. You can read about my 100 Days of Polymer Clay Vessels here.

For 2023, I made 100 Days of Beads. Each day I made at least one bead. Some days I was traveling and didn’t have an oven, so I used other materials. I posted them daily to Instagram and Facebook.

I’ve already received many questions about how I made the beads. Did you know that I have FOUR courses for sale that show how to make polymer clay beads? Most of the beads in my 100 Days of Beads are taught in the courses below. Here’s more information! You can see all of 100 Days of Beads here.

Polymer Clay Bead Making

Brand new! This Polymer Clay Bead Making Course introduces you to the skills needed to form, color, make holes, bake, and finish polymer clay beads. The basics are covered,embellishment options are discussed in detail, and finally there is an entire section of bead recipes that show the specific info for making specific bead styles.

Faux Glass Beads

The Faux Glass Effects Course is really four tutorials in one course. It shows how to make for different types of faux glass effects, two of which are beads! In the Faux Glass Effects Course, you will learn how to make Faux Czech Glass beads and Faux Carnival Glass beads. The course includes information about the clay to use, how to shape the beads, how to pierce the holes, and how to create a glossy finish. Here are some examples of Faux Czech Glass and Faux Carnival Glass beads:

Rustic Beads

The Rustic Beads and Components Course shows how to make textured, distressed, aged beads that look like they’re from another time. The course shows how to shape, color, and finish these beads and includes instructions for embedding the wire to allow these beads to be used as connectors and charms. You can use any brand of clay to make these beads and it’s a great project for using up “ugly” clay. Very beginner-friendly course!

Organic Beads

The Organic Beads Course shows how to use found organic textures to shape and make one-of-a-kind beads that are unlike anything you can purchase. Nobody else will have the same beads because these are truly created from nature. The course shows how to make the textures, create the beads, and color them in a unique way that is very different from the way you may have learned from other tutorials. Finishing and piercing details are included. This course is designed to perfectly complement the Rustic Beads Course in that you can use the shaping techniques here with the coloring process of the Rustic Beads Course, and vice versa!

Faux Lampwork Beads

Using techniques reminiscent of classic lampworked glass processes, the Faux Lampwork Beads Course will show you how to make large focal beads that look just like glass. The course will guide you through choosing a clay brand, mixing colors, shaping your beads, and choosing a method for coating your beads to create a glass-like shine.

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