Polyform Faux Paper Bead Necklace

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by Amy Koranek, Polyform

Polyform Faux Paper Bead Necklace

It's easy to make the Polyform Faux Paper Bead Necklace - and it looks great too. You can choose whatever color beads and jewelry findings you like, so long as you remain consistent in your colors!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2+ hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry well. Using wax paper, metal baking sheet or aluminum foil, knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between each of the colors of this project.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 275°F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through a clay machine (or a clay-dedicated pasta machine) several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
  • 3
    Roll out two ounces of Plum through the clay machine on the thickest setting. You want the width of the clay sheet as wide as the rollers.
  • 4
    Press the clay sheet onto the sheet of Gold Leaf. The Gold Leaf will stick once it makes contact with the clay.
  • 5
    Roll the sheet through the clay machine again on the second thickest setting. Make sure the width of the clay is going through the rollers horizontally. Then turn the sheet 1/4 of the way and roll it through the machine on the third thickest setting. This will create an even crackle effect.
  • 6
    Use clay knife or craft knife to trim the edges of the sheet. Cut long thin triangles from the sheet. Your triangles should be approximately 1-1/4 inch wide going down to a point. The widest end of the triangle will be the length of each bead. The longer your triangles are, the thicker your beads will be.
  • 7
    Position the widest edge of the triangle along the side of your skewer. Carefully roll the clay triangle around itself. When you get to the end, push the tip of the triangle into place on the bead with your finger. You can bake the bead on the skewer tool or gently remove it from the skewer to bake. Make as many beads as you desire. Bake on an oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130 °C) for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch (6 mm) of desired thickness. Allow the beads to cool completely before you begin assembling the necklace.
  • 8
    For each bead you make you will need one eye pin and two jump rings. Put one jump ring on the end of each eye pin. Slide the eye pin with the jump ring into the hole of the bead. Using the round nose pliers, curl the other end of the eye pin into an eye. Put another jump ring into that eye. Repeat this step for each bead.
  • 9
    Cut off 3 inch of chain. You will need one piece of chain for each bead. Open the jump ring on one end of each bead and attach the 3 inch chain. Close the jump ring. Repeat this step for each bead.
  • 10
    Open the jump ring on the other end of each bead and attach it to the chain that is already connected to another bead. Repeat this process until all the beads are connected together with chain pieces in between each one. You should have a necklace that is at least 40 inch long. The necklace can be worn singly or doubly around your neck.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2+ hours

Project Supplies

  • Sculpey® III Oven-Bake Clay 2 oz. Plum 104556018
  • Nicole™ Crafts Clay Machine 104136455 or Clay Dedicated Pasta Machine
  • Nicole™ Crafts Clay Tool Set 3 pc. 104136509
  • Wood Skewer
  • Clay Dedicated Rolling Pin
  • Speedball® Mona Lisa™ Gold Leafing Kit 104138137
  • Nicole™ Crafts Chain with Clasp 30 inch Silver Plate 104244387
  • Nicole™ Crafts Eye Pins 2 inch 70 pc. Silver 104240672
  • Nicole™ Crafts Jump Rings Silver 80 pc. 9 mm 104244295
  • Cousins® Tool Basics® Value Pack 3 pc. 104257385 (Round Pliers and Needle Nose Pliers)