Hello again! And welcome to another post re-run. There’s not all that much exciting and new in my studio these days—every day is all about making more of the same—sleepy critters, speckle beads, rustic tribal birds, leather feathers, etc, etc… and pressed flower beads. Lots of pressed flower beads.
I really love making them! Especially with winter quickly approaching—I want to enjoy the summer flowers just a little bit longer. And so, today’s post is one of my pressed flower tutorials I first shared with you a year ago. I hope you’ll enjoy seeing a behind the scenes peek at my work… and maybe you’ll be inspired to try making some for yourself! Enjoy!
I hope you all haven’t gotten bored of my pressed flower beads already… I have two more how-tos for you today. These are quite a bit more simple than my last design
, but they turn out looking like you put a lot of time into them. And it’s all thanks to a nicely textured mold
1. Choose 2 molds (or texture sheets) of the same or similar pattern. Roll equal size balls of polymer for each bead.
2. Sandwich a polymer ball between the two molds.
3. Press firmly using a small glass dish so you get even texture.
4. Ta-da! your nicely double-sided textured currently hole-less bead!
5. Before removing the polymer from the mold, gently cut the hole — this way that pressure won’t distort the texture. I used a large leather punch for my cutter.
6. Bake for an hour and cool.
And enjoy that nice texture…
Now we’re going to make some wrapped beads…
1. Chose a mold or texture sheet with a long or repeating pattern. Roll same size pieces of polymer — this time lengthen them into sticks.
2. Press firmly.
3. Wrap to form beads. I used a crochet hook for my beads.
4. Ready for the oven. Bake for an hour and cool.
Go make something with them!!
See, that was pretty easy… and made some fun new beads! I hope you’ll give these a try. What new creations have you been working on? Making anything with polymer clay lately?
And… back to the studio I go… all the unfinished beads are calling me! Wishing you each a very creative weekend!