Rustic Beads Tutorial

(39 customer reviews)

USD $15.00

When you want your jewelry to stand out from the crowd, it's important to use unique beads and components. Many bead stores don't carry artisan beads, and ordering online can be expensive. Instead, you can make your own one-of-a-kind beads and components with polymer clay. In this comprehensive tutorial, I take you through every step and show you how to make textured beads and components without using expensive texture sheets and molds.
Make your Rustic Beads in any color to match the theme of your jewelry. This is a very forgiving technique that gives great results no matter what your experience level. Even if you've never worked with polymer clay before, now's your chance to get started. If you can mix clay in your hands, you can have success with this tutorial. No pasta machine or special tools are required. This is such an easy and enjoyable technique that I've been told it's almost addictive. Once you start, you can't stop making them!


The Rustic Beads Tutorial is 41 pages long and contains 82 photographs. This is a beginner level tutorial that requires no previous polymer clay experience. I don’t, however, cover the basics of working with polymer clay, so if you’re new to this material you might want to add my Polymer Clay Essentials eBook to your order.

No special materials are required for this tutorial. You likely have everything you need at home already, or you can find it at your local discount store. Plus you’ll need polymer clay, of course. It’s a great way to use up scrap clay.

Designed to compliment the Organic Beads Tutorial, the shapes of this tutorial can be colored using the methods explained in the Organic Beads Tutorial, and vice versa.

What to Expect

After purchase, you’ll get an email with a link to download your tutorial(s). The tutorial is a professionally formatted PDF document that’s easily viewed on your computer, laptop, phone, or other device. My tutorials include a table of contents, lots of tips and tricks, and include a resources section for where you can find supplies. Your purchase includes full customer support by email by which I’m available to help you enjoy your tutorial to the fullest.

Please note, this is a non-refundable item.

Text and images in this tutorial are Copyright © 2013-2017 by Ginger Davis Allman, of The Blue Bottle Tree, all rights reserved. That means you can’t share this tutorial, teach or give it to friends, post the file or contents online, or sell it, etc. However, your creations are always yours to sell, share, and enjoy as you desire. I always appreciate credit and a shout-out whenever possible. Thank you!

39 reviews for Rustic Beads Tutorial

  1. Christy Johnson

    Great tips and very easy to follow. Highly recommend this tutorial.

  2. polina.foteva

    Let me tell you that – Ginger has amazing way of writing, no matter if it’s a tutorial or article, review or a book. Her tutorials are very clearly written, understandable and with a lot of HD pictures. The rustic Beads was the first tutorial I bought and I fell involve with it. It’s really fun and the whole tutorial boosts your imagination. It’s definitely a must to have. Also this incredible technique is so easy to achieve, that you will be surprised!

  3. Kathleen

    This is a great tutorial, easy to follow and very clear pictures. It is also a great way to use left over pieces of clay and it is easy to see all the possibilities for both texture and pieces you could make using this technique.

  4. Linda

    I love, love, love this tutorial! It is well written, and easy to follow. Wonderful techniques and ideas to carry over to your style. Very inexpensive for all the information the tutorial has. Thank you Ginger!

  5. Emma Parsons

    Excellent tutorial. Lovely designs, great techniques and ideas; well written and very informative. Thank you!!

  6. Joy

    The tutorial is very well written and very easy to follow. I find Ginger includes every detail required to complete the project. Highly recommend getting these tutorials.

  7. Jane Thomas

    This tutorial just keeps on giving. I make my own beads for handmade journals, focal, driftwood mobiles, and more. This technique is my favorite to create unique beads every time.

  8. Maureen E Randall

    Like all Blue Bottle lessons, this is very comprehensive. It is simple to use and the instructions allow you to expand on the final results.

  9. Gena Boone-Curtis

    Loved it! Nice easy instructions, great photos. My beads turned out great!

  10. Vivian Dicks

    Another great tutorial. So much info that can carry over to other projects! She never disappoints!

  11. Tania

    Ginger’s Rustic Beads Tutorial goes beyond showing you how to make a rustic bead. It is stuffed with techniques that you can easily apply to polymer clay outside the realm of beads, including distress effects and sealing pieces. The information provided for turning your pieces into wearable jewellery is invaluable, including instructions for making headpins, connectors with loops- even how to drill holes! This is more than just a tutorial for me- it is a reference guide. Worth every cent and highly reccommended.

  12. Barbara

    I enjoyed doing the Rustic Beads tutorial because I had gotten in a clay ‘slump’ and this kick started me again! As with every tutorial I have taken from her, Ginger’s instructions were ‘spot on’. I picked up some new ideas along the way also, and that’s always good These beads are very ‘forgiving’ and a lot of techniques can be used. I look forward to getting even more tutorials from Ginger.

  13. Cheryl

    Thank you. Looking forward to trying this.

  14. Carol Wilson

    As usual, this tutorial is just packed with information. I’ve started it but haven’t even gotten through it yet. I always get more than I expect with Ginger’s tutorials. Just like all of her tutorials, the techniques can be used in many different ways, beyond the projects she mentions. They are always easy to follow and detailed.

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