I’ve been on a bead making rampage these days! In between the critter
making and the pony sanding, I’ve been squeezing in a few new ideas. So today I thought I’d share the process of my latest ones with you: silverware textured beads.
chose three different fancy handled knives for this project. I got
these at Goodwill——you never what neat textures you’ll find when digging
through the silverware bins there!
used a two-part molding compound to make the impressions and for these I
kept the sides fairly low since I wasn’t going to be casting beads with
And here they are all cured. I just love this stuff——it sets up so fast and there’s no need for any mold release!
I shaped my bead cores in polymer clay, making them a little smaller
than I wanted the final beads to be. I baked them in the oven for 15
minutes just to set the clay.
After cooling, I coated each bead with a very small amount of liquid clay and wrapped them in thin sheets of polymer clay.
then I rolled and pressed each bead into the mold to apply the
texture——having the baked core enabled me to get good detail without
misshaping the bead. I put each bead on a wooden toothpick, so I wouldn’t have to use my fingers to press the beads into the mold.
here’s how they looked after texturing. I baked them for an hour for
the final curing and after cooling I gave each bead a wash of acrylic
paint to bring out the details.
finished! There are so many different ways and different textures you
could use to make these beads——try it out and have fun!!