I’ve always loved fimo, when I was little I used to make tons of toy food and things for my dolls house. But I haven’t really made anything with it as an adult, I’m not sure why. We’ve done a few polymer clay projects for Hobbycraft recently and its reminded me how great the stuff is. It’s easy to work with, solid and waterproof – making it great for jewellery.
You will need:
- Polymer Clay (here I used yellow, white & turquoise)
- Coordinating embroidery thread
- Ring bases
- Strong glue
- Begin by cleaning your hands and drying on paper towel, or the clay will have bits of fluff in it! Get a clean white plate to work on.
1. First for the Ombre Beads! Get a piece of clay (about 1″) in your chosen colour, such as mustard yellow. Make the first bead by working a 1/2″ lump of yellow between your fingers to make it more malleable, then roll it into a ball.
2. Next you will need to add white to the clay, little by little, until you have the right shade for the next bead – about 3 parts yellow to 1 part white. Roll another bead a little smaller than the last. Add more white to the clay and continue like this until you have the number of beads you are after (I made 4). The beads below are on the necklace already – I guess I forgot to snap that step. You get the idea though!
3. Very gently push and wiggle a pin into the clay to make a hole. Hold the sides of the bead and be careful not to squash the bead out of shape. Roll it a little to make sure it is spherical then poke the pin through once more.
4. To make the clay ball rings, select 2 shades of clay in coordinating colours. Roll 2 pieces of clay into balls as before. Or make tons and decide later on which ones you will use (you can never have too many clay balls…)
5. Bake the clay in the oven as per the guidelines – it will take about 30 minutes on a low heat to harden the clay. Try to keep them from touching one another…if you can… if you did a good job of rolling them into spherical balls this should feel like a Crystal Maze challenge (which, judging by the picture below, I failed)!
6. Thread the beads onto embroidery thread with a needle and tie the jewellery fastener bits on the ends. To neaten the loose ends, dot a small amount of glue on and glue the ends down the thread, twisting between your fingers.
7. Glue the balls onto ring bases. To make this easier, roll up some paper towel and slide the rings on – this will keep them in place whilst the glue dries. (maybe use quick drying glue here – my balls did not want to stay on their bases…)
That’s it, easy peasy. You could make the beads to fit on a chain instead of embroidery thread, but the holes would have to be a lot larger unless you can remove the clasp.
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