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BFF Clay Keychain Tutorial

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)





My sister needed a gift for her BFF and claims she doesn't have a crafty bone in her body, so she asked me to help her with an idea and assistance in creating it.  I thought this keychain would be a unique idea that she'd be sure to not already have.  It was inexpensive and personalized.





I've been seeing these types of keychains online between $15.-$30. and that's just on Etsy! I don't even want to look at the prices for retail.  So I decided to make my own. 















































Bead Bracelet Tutorial

Posted on July 11, 2010 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (2)
Some motivation sparked up last night to make a tutorial for a
Polymer Clay Bead Bracelet
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That's how it happens!  ... Don't have a clue where it comes from but pretty ecstatic when it shows up.  I've actually been wanting to make one of these for a long time. 

This project took longer to do than I thought because there was a step I didn't anticipate and... well... let's just say I experienced one of my "FAIL" moments.... you know the rest. The important thing is that I finished it.
I made a collage instead of individual pics with reference steps below. 
Hopefully, it puts everything more into perspective. Have fun!

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You'll need:
Polymer Clay {about 1/2 block of any color
will make 2 bracelets}
 Sharp Tool {I used thick floral wire,
but you can use a skewer, toothpick or anything
you want. This is to poke a
hole to make a bead.
Stretch Cord {I got mine at Dollar Tree}
Color Ribbon {about 1"x12" long: Dollar Tree}
& Scissors
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Step One:
First I take white polymer clay  {or any color you'd like} and roll it up in your hand until it's the desired size. 
I used a marble size sphere for mine.
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Step Two:
Stick the tool you choose and poke a hole all the way through to the other side.  This will turn it into a bead.
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Step Three:
While the bead is on the tool, roll it in the palm of your hand so it widens the hole.  This step makes it easier for you to slip in the stretch cord later.  As your widening it, try to keep rounding it out with your fingers to keep it's shape.  Also watch so that your holes don't stick out. If this happens... and yes, it will...just smooth it down with your fingers.  This is also easier if you form your "marbles", then put in fridge for a bit to harden.  It makes it more malleable.
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Step Four:
Do this until you have about 25 or so. {enough for 2 bracelets}
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Step Five:
Ok... this is the part I was talking about when I said:  "FAIL" earlier.  When I baked the white clay beads, they turned tan and had burn marks all over them because I either left them in too long or I had the temperature too high.  They got what looked like sun damage or something!  So, of course, I was like: "OMG" but not for the reason I usually am!  So, at this point I was forced to go to plan B.  I quickly grabbed my white acrylic paint and went to town... ONE BY ONE!!  ugh!
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Step Six {and Seven}:
Grab your stretch cord and about 12-15 beads.
{depending on how large your wrist is.  I have little wrists and used 13 beads.}
You will do this twice the exact same way.
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Step Eight:
String the beads and knot the ends together.  On this step you can also use a crimp tube to finish it off to assure it's not going to come apart.  {I don't have these so I left it out for the tutorial}
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Step Nine:
Cut your lengths of ribbon.  Again, I chose red but you can grab any color or width of ribbon you want.  I like the look of the larger ribbon grabbing the attention of the bracelet.
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Step Ten:
Tie the ribbon onto the area you knotted/crimped.  The beauty of this step is that you can personalize the ribbon to the outfit you choose to wear.  Snip the ends like a "W" at the end.  Never have a blunt flat cut at the end... It just looks unfinished.  
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Step Eleven {& Twelve}
On this step I displayed two different ways to finish it off.  You can either do a ribbon on both bracelets {Pic 11 above} 
or only on one and the other just beads. {Pic 12 above}
{That is what I chose to do.}

Here is a link to a tutorial on Better Homes & Gardens
website for another variation to this project.
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{image via bhg.com}

Oh yeah, you can also spray some kind of glossy clear coat or glitter spray to give them a little sparkle... the world needs a little sparkle!!



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.And that's it!  Don't forget to send pics!  I don't have to remind you do I???












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