DIY Clay Bead Necklace

Melyssa Griffin

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DIY Clay Bead Necklace

Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more shops pop up that offer clay bead necklaces, often with colorful and eclectic beads. To me, they seem like the indie woman’s version of a “statement necklace” and I couldn’t wait to try my hand at making some myself. Today, I’ve got a super simple (and fun!) tutorial on how to make your own clay bead necklaces, with some tips I learned along the way. Creating these necklaces only takes a few minutes (minus baking time) and costs less than $10!

Supplies

DIY Clay Bead Necklace

I used Sculpey clay, a sharp pointy thing (you can see a picture of it above if my description fails ;)), and cotton cord, though you can also use leather or waxed cord. Also, if you have a drill, you can use that instead of the sharp pointy thing, but either will work.

Step One: Knead your clay into balls or preferred shapes

DIY Clay Bead Necklace

This is probably a skill you learned when you were in preschool. Super easy! You can also make other shapes, like flat, coin-shaped beads, long and narrow beads, oval beads, you name it! I added polka dots to some of my beads by making teeny tiny balls out of clay crumbs and then rolling my round bead into the crumbs. Then, I just rolled it in my hands again, to make sure the polka dot crumbs were kneaded well into my bead.

Step Two: Poke a hole in your beads

DIY Clay Bead Necklace

With your sharp pointy thing (my tool was found in the clay section of a crafts store, but you could also use a toothpick), carefully poke a hole into your beads. If your clay is too soft, the bead will squish as you poke the hole, causing the round shape to warp. I recommend waiting a few minutes for the clay to get a bit harder or briefly sticking your clay in the freezer.

DIY Clay Bead Necklace

Alternatively, if you have a drill, then all you need to do is create a small indentation on your bead where you’d like the hole to be (you can just use the tip of a pencil!). Once the beads are done baking, hold your bead and drill a hole where you created the indentation.

Step Three: Bake your beads

DIY Clay Bead Necklace

Your clay should have instructions for how long to bake your beads. I baked mine at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.

Step Four: String your beads onto your cord

DIY Clay Bead Necklace

At this point, you can add a clasp or just tie a knot like I did. If you went the drilling-a-hole route, then now would be the time to drill your holes. All done! You’re a jewelry-making extraordinaire.

What do you think? Would you make a clay bead necklace?

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