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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. 

Photography: Ditte Isager

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Scrap paper

  • Faux-suede fabric

  • Glue

  • Needle and embroidery ribbon

  • Jump rings

  • 1/2-inch cotton taffeta mesh ribbon


  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. 

  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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