I’ve seen lots of different versions of these rolled polymer clay beads around the Internet. They are basically a take off on the rolled paper beads that folks make.
I never was really impressed with the paper beads, but did see some that were very nicely done at a bead show a while back. They were coated with enough layers of varnish that you had to look twice to realize they were made of paper, which I suppose is why I liked them. 😉
These polymer clay rolled beads can be used in so many different ways. I’ve seen them used as simple strung beads, as focals and even as toggle bars. As I mentioned in the video, it’s a great way to make coordinating beads for pendants made out of polymer clay technique sheets, such as mokume gane.
My favorite way is to first add a lot of texture to the cut triangles, roll them up, bake them and then add some dark brown paint to antique and really bring out all the texture. I know I’ve only touched on a few of the possibilities in the video, there’s so much more that we could explore.
Hopefully you are inspired to give it a try and come up with your own versions.
Tools and Materials:
- Polymer clay sheets in patterns, blends and the like
- Pasta machine or acrylic roller
- Clay blade or craft blade
- Straight edge ruler
- Texture sheets
- Wax carving tools
- Leather stamping tools
- Wire or metal rods for mandrels
- Acrylic paint for antiquing
Enjoy the video and happy creating!
Watch the Simple Rolled Beads-Polymer Clay Technique Tutorial video at YouTube.