I used Sculpey for making mine, although any polymer clay will work. You can get sculpey at any craft store- in fact I think you can get it at Wal-Mart! It's great for kids and adults! But use a cutting board for working because it will ruin your finish. I seriously don't care about my table- I have already ruined it with past crafts. Lol! So here's my picture tutorial on making your own patriotic beads.
Making Star Shaped Polymer Clay Beads:
1. Take some white clay and make 5 triagular "prism" shapes by pinching with your thumb and first finger while "smooshing" the clay against the table for the 3rd side. Also, make one fatter round coil.
Making Patriotic Stripes Beads:
1. Roll out your red and white clay.
Here's a patriotic "jelly roll" bead. I just stacked red white and blue, then rolled it jelly roll style! Use your hand to roll it out to your desired bead size.
Here's a variation on the stripes to make a little flag. Just rearrange your stripes differently, then add a blue square to the corner. Roll it out as you do with square beads.
When you bake them, try not to burn them. Unless you want a really cool "antiqued" look. That's what I did. Burnt them on purpose. *eyes shifting*. Ya. Purpose.... (Ok, I've only ever claimed to be an artist, not a chef!)
They did come out kind of cool.
Use them to string whatever you want!
We made a "God Bless America" necklace:
Hope you guys have as much fun with this as I have! Be careful- making beads is totally addictive! ;-)
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