Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Seed Beads in Jewelry Clay

Here is a seed bead and clay project that takes only minutes to complete!

This is the new package for Jewelry Clay.  It isn't my intent to drive you crazy with projects when I know you can't purchase it yet, but I do want to build up a library of mini tutorials so that when you do get it you can start creating right away!
I really admire seed bead artists.  They take tiny beads and patiently stitch them into wearables.  Whether they use a loom or hand stitch onto felt, it is a timely process.  I have wanted to add seed beads into my own jewelry making projects but can't set enough time aside to focus on it.  This is one of the reasons I was so excited about Jewelry Clay!

These jewelry components are meant to be strung.  See the openings for the string material to pass through on the back side?  At one point I thought I might try and use these as bezels and pour in some Envirotex Lite.

Instead I took the world's fastest short cut!  
Step one:  Fill the bezels with Jewelry Clay.
Step Two: Take a hank (pre-strung seed beads) and simply wind and press them into the clay.
Step Three:  Brush Pearl-Ex colours of your choice across the surface to fill in any gaps.

 Doesn't this look complex?  
Seed beads are now in my studio and getting used!

10 comments:

  1. Really fun! I like the way it looks like a mosaic. I have used very fine glitter for a similar effect since I don't like to see the clay, and it looks like fancy grout! You are so inventive! Turning those pieces upside down! I love it! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  2. Voila, beaded jewelry without the trouble! Beautiful!

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  3. This is awesome, Carmi. Can you please share where you get the bezels and the necklace? Thanks! ~ Manna

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    1. The bezels are from Michaels craft store. The necklace is made from parts. These sections were sold in a group at a Toronto bead store.

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  4. The neclace is really cute!I've used a different brand of a similar type of jewelery clay and when it hardens it's quite heavy,especially when i used pearls the same way you put those seed beads,and even though that piece is so pretty i can't use it because it is heavy.If i use the clay you do will there be a similar problem?

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  5. Hi Sophie, I have been making fairly small pieces....so they have not felt heavy when I wear them. I'll give this some thought though.

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  6. Beautiful!!!

    It reminds me of a mosaic class I took with Joan Babcock at Bead and Button a few years ago. We used tile grout instead of jewelry clay, which was a lot of fun. That's when seed beads made their way into my own bead stash!

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  7. Ohhhhh, I can't wait for it to hit the market!!!!!!! I have a TON of seed beads.....great ideas!!!!! Can't wait.

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  8. This is great. I have just been interested in making beaded jewelries that I am actually researching for anything that involves making them. Think I'll start with the easy ones until I get the hang of it. :)
    - SWCreations.net

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