Make Your Own Bold Beads For This Easy (And Gorgeous!) Necklace

Big, bold statement jewelry is always trending, and colorful polymer clay beads are the way to do it. But seriously, there's no need to purchase beads pre-made when they're sooooo easy to DIY.

Ready? Let's be best bead buds!

Polymer Clay Beaded Necklace

What You Need

  • 3-4 colors of Sculpey polymer clay (feel free to combine colors!)
  • Electric drill with a ⅛-inch drill bit
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Waxed cotton thread

Pro Tip

Trust us, you want to use a drill. A toothpick or bead-making tool sounds like a good idea, but those always seem to lead to weird dents or — even worse — a hole that isn't perfect, which makes for a frustrating fiasco when you try to thread.

Let's Build Some Beads!

1. Knead and Shape

Grab a small chunk of clay off the block and knead it in your hands until it's soft and pliable. Polymer clay isn't like Play-Doh — at first it's really hard and brittle, so you have to soften it in your hands. Once the clay is moldable, shape your bead into a sphere.

2. Bake

Once you're done rolling out beads, transfer them to a parchment-covered baking sheet. Preheat your oven to 230 F. Slide that sheet of beads in carefully, making sure they don't roll around and touch each other. Bake them according to the clay directions. (The ones shown here took 30 minutes at 230 F.)

Let the beads fully cool (about 20-30 minutes) before you whip out the drill.

3. Drill a Hole

Hold one bead securely between your fingers, and press the drill on through (carefully!) to create your hole. Do this for each of your beads.

4. String 'Em On

If you're making a necklace or bracelet, now's the time! Just tie the necklace with square knots on the back or attach a closure, and you're ready to rock your new favorite statement piece.

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