Project

Polymer Clay Bead Necklace

Just about anything can be used to mold polymer clay, including the mini tart tins that formed the beads of this necklace. Big enough to make a statement, the bib-style design has ribbon ties that adjust to suit the neckline of any outfit. 

Polymer Clay Bead Necklace

Photography: Ditte Isager

Source: Martha Stewart

materials

  • Scrap paper

  • Faux-suede fabric

  • Glue

  • Needle and embroidery ribbon

  • Jump rings

  • 1/2-inch cotton taffeta mesh ribbon

steps

  1. Make beads as described in Working with Molds

  2. Arrange on paper in an arch; alternate 1 3/8- and 1 5/8-inch beads, with a 1 5/8-inch bead at center. 

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  3. Trace an outline 1/4 inch bigger than beads onto paper; using pattern, cut backing out of faux-suede fabric. Glue beads to backing. 

  4. Thread needle with embroidery ribbon; knot jump ring at end. Work thread down through one side of bead and back up through the other side; knot jump ring to last bead. 

  5. Tie 2 pieces of 1/2-inch ribbon to jump rings. Tie ribbons in bow at desired length. 

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