When I started this blog in 2010, I was making jewelry like a madwoman, almost every day. I had a table set up in front of the window and everything. I guess I’ve lost excitement over the years, probably around the time I closed my online jewelry shop. And then came the DIY tutorials… These I still like making, although I haven’t been feeling as creative lately.
One medium that can cure such a rut is clay. Lately, all the projects I think of are based on air dry clay. Despite having to wait 24 hours for it to dry, I think it’s great to work with. I love that it’s white, like a canvas, and I love how easily sandpaper can alter its look. And that’s how I made these faceted beads.
What you need:
- air dry clay
- nail polish in different colors
DIY faceted beads:
1. Using air dry clay, make balls in different sizes. Pass a toothpick through each one and allow them to dry completely (about 24 hours, depending on the clay you use).
2. Rub each bead with sandpaper to make the facets.
3. Paint the beads with nail polish. I used three girly colors on every bead, but you can choose a color for each bead or a single color for all of them. Whatever tickles your fancy!
If you use more than one color on a bead, remember to wait for the first color to dry before proceeding.
You can align the beads on a string or chain to create a necklace or bracelet. You can also mix them up with ready-made beads and stones for a unique look.
Go here for the tutorial on how to make the embroidery hoop pinboard.