DIY faceted beads | Kittenhood

How to make faceted beads

Faceted beads necklace | Kittenhood

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
  • toothpicks
  • sandpaper
  • nail polish in different colors

DIY faceted beads:

How to make air dry clay beads | Kittenhood

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). 

How to make air dry clay beads | Kittenhood

2. Rub each bead with sandpaper to make the facets. 

How to make air dry clay beads | Kittenhood How to make air dry clay beads | Kittenhood

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! 

DIY faceted beads | Kittenhood DIY faceted beads | Kittenhood

Notes:

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. 

Faceted beads necklace | Kittenhood

Go here for the tutorial on how to make the embroidery hoop pinboard.