I have always loved beads. Even before starting beading, I had this attraction to beads. If I had to choose between a beaded dress and a simple dress, I would chose, without thinking too much, the beaded dress. And my passion for beads goes way back. I remember that when I was 3 or 4 years old, I gave my favorite doll in exchange for two strings of glass beads (red and green). My choice was a disappointment for my entire family. They did not understand how could I give my favorite doll and for what? Beads? Yet, I have never regretted it. I was so happy with my two strings of beads. 33 years later I love beads just the same.
Materials and tools used for these faux glass beads: pearlescent Fimo polymer clay, translucent Fimo polymer clay, a pasta machine, alcohol inks, Fimo golden powder, triple thick varnish.
I have softened a little bit the polymer clay and then rolled it through the pasta machine. I have colored the translucent clay with alcohol ink (and let the inks dry completely before mixing the polymer clay).
I have made a ball of translucent clay and wrapped it in pearlescent polymer clay and rolled the bead round again.
I have made very thin ropes of colored polymer clay (the one I have previously colored with alcohol inks) and rolled them around the beads, making patterns on the beads.
I have rolled little oval beads, flattened them with my fingers and shaped them into petals. I have used them to decorate the beads.
I have put a toothpick in the middle of the beads (to make to holes and also because it was easier to turn the bead around while decorating it).
I have made also little leaves (just by adding lines in the middle and on the sides of the petals).
I have baked the beads according to the polymer clay manufacturer’s specifications.
I have taken them from the oven and put them directly into cold water with ice in it (I read once that this technique enhances the translucent effect). I thought it would be good for the pearlescent as well.
Then I have colored them with alcohol inks and Fimo golden powder (mixed with water). The Triple Thick Varnish gave them the look of faux glass beads.
I have used a chain, jewelry findings and pliers to make a bracelet.
More beads made using the same technique: