Monday, September 12, 2011

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads

Today, Daria from Dariami shop on Etsy is sharing a great DIY tutorial how to make pandora style stripped beads of polymer clay.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Dariami
We need several colors of polymer clay for this project, white, brown, orange and beige.

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Knead the clay and mix it in different proportions to get several different colors.

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Roll the clay out to get layers with different width. You can use special equipment (pasta machine or plastic roller) or use glass bottle or hair spray bottle. It’s better to do this on a glass or ceramic surface.

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Put the layers one on top of another and cut to get even edge. We got layered cube now.

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Cut one side of the cube with blade to get the 2-3 mm thick slice.

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Take neutral color clay for a bead core. Roll a cane a little bit longer than striped slice. We need to do this because the edges will be deformed when we make the cane thinner, so we can cut the edges off.

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Cover the core with slices and smooth the slice joints down.

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Now, we need to make the cane thinner. You need to press it on center and than move to the ends. Try to press all over the cane equally. The cane will become longer and thinner.

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Cut the cane onto equal pieces.

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Squeeze the edges of the cylinder and close the core.

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Roll the clay by hands to get a ball. To avoid pattern distortion, it’s better to do it both directions equally, clockwise and opposite direction.

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Make a hole using a toothpick.

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Enlarge the hole with big knitting needle. To make the hole look better use eyelets. Get them on the knitting needle and press into the clay.

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Bake the beads according to the instruction on the clay package. Be careful and handle beads with care, they are very hot! Let them cool, then polish and apply special polymer clay finish. Do not substitute with nail polish or acrylic finish!

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Your beads are ready! You can use them for your jewelry projects now.

For example, Daria used rubber cord and metal findings to make this necklace.

DIY tutorial pandora style polymer clay stripped beads
Enjoy!

31 comments:

Sara elizabeth said...
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AlexMOS said...

Wow!So interesting! Thank you very much for sharing!

SocksAndMittens said...

Love, love, love your tutorial! Can not wait for the store to open to get some clay and get started.

lanadearg said...

WOW! awesome!

Eviltwin said...

amazing!!!! I would definitely try to do it!!

Victoria said...

That is so cool! love how the beads turned out!

WoolSolution said...

Thanks for the clear step by step tutorial. Will try to make buttons using this technique.

Yana said...

Awesome tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing!

baymut said...

So wonderful tutorial! Thank you

Natalka Pavlysh said...

Amazing tutorial! So cute beads and so easy to make them!
Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Very, very interesting, Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Very, very interesting, Thanks!

MamaTita said...

Great tutorial!
Thank you!

Dariami said...

Glad you like it!
To be continued!

KensaWool said...

Very useful!

IrinaN said...

Very easy tutorial. Thank you for sharing :)

Galia said...

Thanks! Very interesting! I like it!

Tom Bjorn Designs said...

so easy to follow!

now I want to do it myself!

CushyAdornments said...

Very interesting! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial!! Thanks a lot!!

Jane_Bo said...

Beautiful beads! Thank you for nice and clear tutorial!

Yuliya said...

What a great article! I definitely have to try making this bead, looks like it is lots of fun :)

BethAnne said...

The eyelet idea is brilliant!

Holly said...

Thank you! I would not have thought to use eyelets.

Lynn Dunn said...

tremendous tutorial. thank you.

Designs by Jenean said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I never thought to use the knitting needle.

Anonymous said...

How nice of you to share such a popular technique for free. As Polymer Clay gets more popular less people will probably offer free quality tutorials for the opportunity to sell them to make money-which isn't a bad thing- unless like me, you don't have the means to buy many of them. I would like to share a couple useful tips, though that I learned through trial and error. I found that if I didn't pop out the eyelets after baking the beads and then glue them back in with weld-a bond, or a super glue, that when I tried to pull the beads over the metal on a pandora cord, the eyelets would pop out. Also this keeps you from accidentally scratching up the eyelet if you want to sand your beads, and keeps the gloss(i used future -and also use it to wax my floors) off the finding. Simply sand and buff the cooked beads before you glue the eyelet back in~and voila~ you have a nice secured pandora like shiny-smooth bead!

Rozz Hopkins said...

Hi. Great tute. I have been making Pandora style beads for about a year. I also use eyelets. I sand, polish, and then replace the eyelets by gluing them in. One of the problems is I am having quite a hard time finding an appropriately sized hole in the eyelets. They don't work for all sizes of the metal Pandora cords. I have searched the web, and all of our local craft stores, still not as large as I need to fit. Any help from Someone would be sooo appreciated. All I see on the web is 925 silver. I just want the regular old eyelets. Best of luck in your endeavors. Thanks again for sharing. Rozz Hopkins

Anonymous said...

I am wondering what the dimensions (length and width) you cut your layered cube to.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Its a awesome tutorial. loved it.. :) i didnt find the eyelets in my local craft store. Could you please share the size of the eyelets you used and what cord is used for the necklace?

Thank you so much for sharing. :)

Anonymous said...

Cool! I love Pandora style beads! What size knitting needle and eyelets did you use?

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