For ages I have been looking for some beads to match a favourite coral pink top. With my new addiction to pinterest I discovered lots of fantastic jewellery being made with polymer clay. So I decided to give it a go. The pink and grey necklace was my first attempt. I was trying to emulate the gorgeous piece pictured from Judy Belcher.

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Judy Belcher beads

As you can see I have a long way to go. I did follow her tutorial at CraftArtEdu but I really bit of more than I could chew for a first attempt.

Here are some of the things I learned:

  • Of course there is always the problem of not having quite the right tools when you start something new as well. I wanted graduated sizes, but didn’t have quite the right moulds which were exactly the same so I am not entirely happy because I have 2 different depths in the beads.
  • Sticking the 2 sides together was easier said than done. I made the base of the bead way too thin so there was very little surface for them to stick the back and front together and even though I was very careful when putting the pieces on the moulds they were not all the same size. Most of them were ok but I ended up filling 1 bead to get the back to fit.
  • Having a smooth surface means heaps of sanding.
  • I should have made a pattern on both sides because they turn when you are wearing the necklace. I think in future I will make flat backs.
  • My next projects will be a bit simpler I think.
Coral beads

My first attempt