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Make some bitchin' jewelry with handmade skull beads
I often find beads or great vintage buttons and know I'll never find another like it. That's when making your own mold comes in handy. You can make your beads identical, or shape and paint each one differently to give them more personality. It took me around 45 minutes to make the mold and 6 beads, not including baking and cooling time.

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  • How to make a clay bead. Molded Polymer Clay Beads - Step 1
    Step 1

    Pick out your button or bead. Make sure it's clean and undamaged. I'll be using this skull bead, which I made awhile back.

  • How to make a clay bead. Molded Polymer Clay Beads - Step 2
    Step 2

    Condition your polymer clay (mush it up until it's soft) and roll it into a rough ball that's a little larger than your bead.

  • How to make a clay bead. Molded Polymer Clay Beads - Step 3
    Step 3

    Press the bead firmly into the top of your clay, then pull it straight back up to make the impression of the bead. If it comes out wonky on your first try, just roll the clay back into a ball and try again.

  • How to make a clay bead. Molded Polymer Clay Beads - Step 4
    Step 4

    When you're happy with your mold, bake it according to the manufacturer's directions. Let it cool completely. I then sealed mine with a little spray varnish to help keep the clay from sticking to it, but that's optional.

  • How to make a clay bead. Molded Polymer Clay Beads - Step 5
    Step 5

    Roll a small amount of clay into a smooth ball. If you have any creases or wrinkles in the ball, you'll have them in your bead. Press it firmly into the mold.

  • How to make a clay bead. Molded Polymer Clay Beads - Step 6
    Step 6

    Pull the clay out of the mold and smooth out the sides and back, being careful not to distort the front of the bead. *I prefer to drill holes in my beads after they're baked. If you don't have access to a drill or dremel you might want to poke holes through your beads now.

  • Step 7

    Bake your beads and let them cool completely.

  • How to make a clay bead. Molded Polymer Clay Beads - Step 8
    Step 8

    Drill holes in your beads with a small drill bit. Paint them as desired and seal them with a spray clearcoat (varnish).

  • How to make a clay bead. Molded Polymer Clay Beads - Step 9
    Step 9

    That's it! You're all set to make some bitchin' jewelry with your new handmade beads.

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Ipsita K.
Ipsita K. · 9 projects
awesome!
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Sarah
Sarah · Erfurt, Thuringia, DE · 110 projects
*thumbs up*
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Helena N.
Helena N.
Wow *_*
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emmilou w.
emmilou w. · Wallasey, England, GB · 12 projects
that is a cool idea - i made some skull buttons for my 14y/o for christmas but did them individually and it took ages!!! thanks for sharing and your necklace is brilliant too ^.^
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christine s.
christine s. · Woodland Park, Colorado, US · 3 projects
this is fantastic! definitely going to make some.
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DIS.AR.RAY
DIS.AR.RAY · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 32 projects
THAT IS KICKASS! All of my friends find shit like that, but I can never seem to. I always look for those special things, like once I found a sprite soda pin, or a fruit loops make-up mirror, but the other stuff..
I CAN'T FIND! lol

but these look awesome!
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Morbidly Cute
Morbidly Cute · 5 projects
Thanks so much everyone. I'm glad to hear that some of you have found it useful!
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KattyRa
KattyRa · Iași, Iași County, RO · 4 projects
The skullz are funny


I'm going to try them


thanx
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Sammie_Kay
Sammie_Kay · Florida, New York, US · 5 projects
omg i love it soo much
thanx sooo much
now i just need find some polymer clay. lolol
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Arkolina
Arkolina · Dunstable, England, GB · 3 projects
I used this the other day to recrate one of my favourite bracelts that I brok forever ago. Happy
Great tutorial.
x
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