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Clay Beads and Things (Making clay beads for a necklace)

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7 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Making Beads Part 1

    • 4. Making Beads Part 2

    • 5. Painting Beads

    • 6. Glaze

    • 7. Lets Make A Necklace and Final Thoughts

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Hi everyone. In this class I'm covering bead making techniques for beginners with tools you have around the house. This class goes over materials uses to make your beads along with the process of painting, glazing and stringing your handmade beads to make a necklace.Ā 

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1. Introduction: Hi everyone, welcome to my sculpture class on beat making and turning those beads into necklaces. For this class, I'll be discussing the use of clay to turn them into beats. And I'll talk about different shape beads that you can create along with the process of painting those feeds and glazing them and then stringing them on to formulate a necklace. I'll be discussing different types of glazes That you will want to use, along with different types of clays that you can use, including polymeric clays in air dry clays. In this class will make a variety of different types of beads. And then we will turn those beads into a necklace. So if that's something you're interested in doing, then I encourage you to go ahead and move on to the next video where I'll talk about materials and then we'll make these impulses. 2. Materials : Everyone. So I want to begin by talking about materials with you guys. Of course you're going to need clay because we're making clay beads. And for this video, I'm only have experienced using Skokie air dry clay, and also using polymeric plays. I've used sculpture polymer clay interval. So use this craft smart polymer clay, and I find that they work pretty well most of the time. So you will determine whether you want era dry clay or oven baked clay depending upon how much time you have and how long you want it to last. I find that the oven bake clays last longer. And when it comes to glazes, it's good to use the sculpture glaze when you're working with any type of of invite Clay, I just find that it works better than using glazes like this triple sake, which is what you're going to want if you are working with an air dry clay, probably. I find that the triples it works pretty well as air dry clays and other material that you're going to want, arson toothpicks. And these are going to be to help you paint your little clay beads and also helped drive them. When you're glazing. You're also going to want a Styrofoam plate, something that started from and to stick year to fix in the help when you're drying your beads. And lastly, you're gonna need a piece of aluminum foil if you're going to be doing oven baked clay. And it's just good to have aluminum foil under Ruby's even if it's air dry clay so that you have something for it to dry on that you know, it won't stick to. And that concludes all that you need. You also may want some paint. If you're going to be painting your beads, but you are ready to start making them. So go ahead and hop on over into the next video. 3. Making Beads Part 1 : So there are different type of beats that you can make. But overall, I feel like the basic process is pretty much the same for how I go about making my beads with clay. Today I'm gonna be working with air dry clay and I'm going to be showing you how he made these three To start off. So begin, I'm gonna start with this tiny one. It kinda reminds me of a little Cheerio or Fruit Loop piece of cereal. So you're gonna wanna keep your cleaner bag, of course, if you're not using it just so that it doesn't dry up in. It's also good to have a tiny bowl or cup of water around you handy in case your clay starts to dry, because it does dry fairly quickly if you leave it sitting out for a long period of time. I just like to squish it between our fingers. If it's a little hard, you can add some water in there and squished a little bit. But you're gonna wanna take your clay and unroll it into a ball because we're making a very tiny bead. You don't need a whole bunch of clay. The figure of the clay, the heavier the bead is going to be. So you just need a tiny bit of clay rolled up until ball. Find that it helps if you put the client-side your palm and roll it around to get that nice even shape. But once you have the circular spear shapes that you want, you're gonna take your toothpick and you're just going to stick it through the ball at the area that you want and make a hole from that. So you just wanna stick it through. At this point you're kind of going to lose the shape that you have. So I'd just like to roll it in my hand like this so that I can make the hole larger with this little piece of a 2D with little toothpick that I'm using. You can also use something like your skewered if you want a larger middle area, larger hole for your string to go through. But once you have your whole shape, we're going to flatten it back down. And that's going to smooth the sides. And then you can roll it again and continue flattening it. And then you can just sit it down on your table and take your toothpick and open up the hole a little bit more. And that's how you make this tiny little kind of Cheerio bead that I am showing. Now we're gonna move on to the next speed. For this one, I'm gonna be showing you how I made this kind of long cylinder bead. First you're gonna wanna take your clay and roll it into a spear kind of ball once again between your palms of your hand. You're just gonna roll it out until it's a nice smooth circle. I will say that if your clay is fresher, you're gonna have an easier time getting the cladistic and make the shape. While if your clay is a little bit more dry, it's gonna be a tiny bit harder. Once I've got the ball shape, I'm going to take the piece of clay and roll it out to kind of form a snake kind of cylinder shape. Rolled it in my hands and then I rolled it out on the table a little bit. Then you just want to take your toothpick and stick it through once again and roll it out in your poems. So you're kind of making the same shape of the first B, except it's longer and more of a cylinder shape. And you just can keep rotating the toothpick, moving it from side to side and tool you have the middle hall as large as you'd like. You can also use a different material to open the hole up. If you find that the two pick is too tiny to make a large hole that you can use a bigger skewer or use something else. Once you kind of have that tiny hole made, you could stick something else in it to make it larger. To finish this beat up, I'm just taking some water in, smoothing it out a little bit so that it's a tiny bit smoother. And then you can go in with your toothpick and make the hole a little bit larger. And that's how you make this kind of cylinder bead. That's without lease for this video, I'm going to show you how to make this larger circle bead. This is the one that I'll be using in the next class that has the kind of red and white striped checkerboard effect on it. So you're going to need a larger, larger amount of clothing you probably did for the other two beads. And I mean, you can make it as big or as small as you want. I like the speed to be a tiny bit larger. So I added a little bit more clay than I did for the other ones. And you're just gonna do the same thing again. You're going to roll it into a ball, kind of spear shaped to start off and just roll it between your palms. And it's a very repetitive process when it comes to making these beads. The first part is very repetitive. But once I rolled it into a ball and I haven't the size that I want, I am making this one larger than the first one that I had. I'm going to flatten it down with my thumb and my pointer finger on one hand. And we're going to flatten it also on the sides with my thumb and pointed finger from my other hand. So you're kind of forming this rectangular shape as you flatten it. So it has this kind of boxy but still kind of smooth edged, rectangular or square shape is what you're going for. And you can make it look a different shape if you want. This is my process for high make this shape. Yours could be a little bit longer, little rectangular, or it could be slightly different. But next I just take my toothpick and stick it through the side. And then instead of like fully rolling your just gonna kinda go back and forth a tiny bit. You don't want to roll as much or you'll end up having a smooth cylinder again. But I'm rolling it so that it's not hitting on my hand too hard. But it's just enough for the to fit to make the hole larger so that I'll be able to stake a string through it later. Then I just smooth out the sides and flattened it a little bit more. And that is how you make this readwrite here. Now that you know how to make the kind of basic circular shape beads, you can hop on over to the next video where I'll show three other style beats that you can make. 4. Making Beads Part 2: Hi everyone. So for this video, I'm going to continue showing you three other beat styles that you can create. Only begin by explaining how to make this little rectangle, square bead, which is very similar to the previous bead that we made on the last video. So you're just gonna again start with the piece of clay and you're going to ball it up until the shape of a ball like this. And then you're just going to flatten it, which is basically the same way that you did previously, except you're going to really focus on making more of a square shape versus a figure boxy shape. It's going to be a very flattened square cube. So you really want it flatter this time. I'm just gonna push it between your pointer in middle finger with both of your hands until you have that nice square shape. Then I'm gonna take my toothpick and I'm going to actually make the hole on the table instead of sticking the to pick through and rolling it out in my hand. This time to keep that square shape. I'm going to stick it inside of the clay, but I'm going to do it at the table so that I'm making a larger whole and I'm not losing its shape. Its very easy until you make this little cube shape. You can also use something like a tiny straw if you wanted to poke a hole into the bead, if you wanted a larger whole. And he founds the 250K wasn't working to make a larger size one. You could do something like that. The next period we're going to make the flower shape. So I'm going to pull off another piece of clay, unroll it into a ball, then we're going to flatten it like I've done previously before. This time I'm rolling it around with one of my hands so that it's more of a that cylinder kind of like a fat cylinder can talk or something like that. So you're gonna roll it out until you haven't really fat and flattened cylinder, cylinder and it's the shape and size that you want. Then you're gonna take your toothpick and you're going to poke a hole through the middle and doing this on the table to start off and then I'm picking it up and rolling it out. And my poem to kind of smooth out the sides and get that whole a tiny bit larger so that my string will be able to fit through it. Now you could leave your beads like this. This is another technique that you could do. It's kind of a button style bead if that's something that you would want. But to continue on to making this flower bead, I'm going to take my toothpick and I'm going to push into the sides every few millimeters. And there's not an exact measurement, but just every few notches you can push in towards the center holding the bead in the middle with your pointer finger. And it's very simplistic. And then you can go back in and make the middle hall larger so that your string of it through. And that's how you make this flower shape bead. For our final bead, I'm going to start off by making the circular shape once again, but I'm going to be rolling it out into the shape of a cylinder. Kind of like a long worm is what you're going for. So you can start by rolling it between your hands to begin and then you're going to want to lay it out at your table, enroll at out some more. So you have a really nice long, wormy shape and helps a little bit if you wet the clay, don't overweight it though or it won't work, it'll start to break apart. But you can what it a tiny bit to help you make it a little bit more findable. And if it's getting kind of dry, it's gonna be a little bit harder to roll out. So just having a little bit, a little bit wetter will help with that process, but you're just gonna roll it out between your hands until you have that nice long shape that you are going for. Now that it's nice and long and it's pretty much even it doesn't really matter if the long piece of clay is even really, but it is nice if it's even if that's something you're going for. But we're gonna take a piece of aluminum foil. I don't need a whole bunch. And if this was oven basically, you definitely wanna do this on aluminum foil. If you're using something else, you might could use a pencil. If you're using air dry clay, a pencil might, would work, but I'm gonna show you the aluminum foil away. I'm going to roll up my aluminum foil to the shape of a long cylinder as well as kind of the size of a pin or a marker, just something that's a little sturdy. So here I'm showing a pencil. You could use a pencil as well, but I'm not sure if the air dry clay would be harder to remove off of the pencil. So we're just going to use the aluminum foil. So I'm just going to bend the clay onto the piece of aluminum foil and wrap it around to make the coil shape. And you want the clay to be kind of smushed up close together. Since you're going to be stringing on too, your necklace onto a piece of string. I find that if the coils are loose in, the string can kind of come off. And it's just harder to keep the bead on a piece of string, so pushing them together or it's really nicely. And it's just very easy. You're going to let this dry and then you can just take it off and you have a nice coil shaped bead. But that concludes making these three beads for the necklaces that she may want to make. Here are these styles. Again, I did the little flower, the coil shape, and they also made the squares. I hope you guys try these out. And in the next clip I'm gonna be showing you Painting methods and we'll get into glazing and all that fun stuff. 5. Painting Beads: Hi everyone. Now that I've showed you all how to make your clay beads, I didn't really go over drying and hardening methods cause every type of clay has a different type of instructions for that. You'd have to read the back of your clay. If it's air dry clay, you're just going to let it sit out for a few days. I like to go three days, at least before I start painting on it. And if it's oven baked clay, you're gonna bake it in the oven. But I thought it'd be fun to show how to make this specific necklace over on the left. So I'm going to show you my steps for painting. So I have my paint all out on some Styrofoam plate. I have my three colors. I'm doing a read, a light green, and a blue for my beads. I'm putting them on a toothpick. So I just take like two or three 2px and stick it in between the tiny hole. You just want enough so that the clay bead isn't going to be falling off or moving around. Also, you could use something else besides toothpicks. If you have a tiny paintbrush or something that fits into the whole of your bead that works nicely too. For the larger b, the coil shaped one that's blue, I'm going to be using a large paintbrush to hold the bead onto it. Why pain it? Because it just would take too many toothpicks to hold it in place. But you just want to hold it down so that you don't have to touch it. And using the toothpicks allows you to paint both sides at the same time and it just allows for quicker drying time and quicker painting. You're just gonna paint on your color for mine. And during a really light green, actually hand makes the screen by taking a lime green that I had and I mix that with a white to get a nice pesto. Once you're done painting on the bead, you're just going to secure it into your piece of Styrofoam and putting mine into my plate. And I'm just gonna sit there and let it that paint dry before I add on the glaze. And you really want to let the paint really dry good before you start glazing it. Or it's it's just gonna mess up the smoothness of the paint on the clay. For this next bead, which is the middle one, the red and white one. I'm gonna take my two picks and stick them in the hole by bead in place. And then we're gonna be taking a really, really tiny thin paint brush and some red paint and drawing in my lines. So this one kind of gives me a mint candy striped vive mixed with kind of a picnic basket look with the red stripes going up and down on both sides. But I'm just really gently and slowly painting on each line and kind of going around from one side. And then toiling the piece of clay in continuing that line down. With this speed right here, I decided to do the lines thinner than I did on the other one. And it actually like them more this way with a nice thin line. When you're doing these, you don't want to water your paint down. You want your paint to be a decent thickness if it's too thick and two glossy, I find that it doesn't go on as well. I like it to be a little water down, but you don't want it to be a watercolor consistency or it won't fully cover on your beads necessarily. You might have a very faded look on your beads. So you want a very nice consistency for your paint. But you can do anything on the speeds. You don't have to do lines or red colors. These colors that I have, you could do any color scheme that you want and just paint your beads and then stick them on something to drive. So for this last bead, I'm taking the paintbrush, just a nice chubby paintbrush that'll be able to hold the bead in place. And I'm just going to stick it on and then grab my blue paint that I mixed and paint that bead in as well. For this beat, I didn't really worry about painting the inside because no one's going to really see it. So I just focused on paying the outer area. Then I stopped my paintbrush inside of a jar or you consider it in a cup, something where the bead isn't going to be getting hit so that it can drive without the paint getting mixed up. And that concludes the process of painting these beads. In the next video, I will be showing you my process for glazing them and you can watch them be finished up. 6. Glaze: Okay, everyone, for this stage of glazing, I'm going to be using the triple thick paint to glaze these three beads that you watch me make in the previous video. And I'm using a very tiny paint brush and just applying a very thin layer of the glaze onto them. It's a very easy process. It's not very hard to explain. You could also use the skull be glaze that I showed for polymer clays on these air dry clay beads as well. I think that both glazes work really well on the air dry clay. But with the polymer clays, again, I would say I would probably stay away from the triple thick. I found that it dries very sticky and it's just not the greatest consistency, especially if you're gonna be having to beat stuck to each other. The glaze on each bead wants to stick and it tends to peel off the paint. And it just really ruins the beads. But this triple thick, for me works really nice on the basic air dry clay. And it's just a very inexpensive glaze if you're just working with that type of material for the stuff, you just wanna glaze All of your beads, then let them dry. You want to have them somewhere where there's not a lot of dust or anything. I find that if you have them sitting somewhere, stuff can get onto the glaze and then dry into it as well. So it would be good if you could cover your beads so that nothing could fall onto them. But you're just going to let them sit and dry and then you can string them on. In the next video, I will be giving my final thoughts and you can watch me string on my beads and make the necklace, but go and hop on over to the next video. 7. Lets Make A Necklace and Final Thoughts : Hey everyone, welcome to the final step of this grocery class, where we're gonna take our beads and string them onto a piece of string. So this is the easiest step. You don't have a hard work creating these beads and painting them in glazing them. And now is the really kinda satisfactory stage where you put the beads onto your string and you just kind of play around with different beads together to see what you like. So for mine, I'm using a piece of cord that I got. You can find this in Wal-Mart. It's very inexpensive, but you can also use different types of string and, or they make like a leather according that you can use. There's so many different types of ways you can choose from. But you just want a nice piece of string that's pretty sturdy and we'll be able to string through your beads. Also for my string, I cut my piece to about 14 to 15 inches and then you can make it smaller if you need to. But you want to fairly large enough piece of string that you can fit over your head and be able to, or your necklace. For the beads. I'm just kinda playing around to see which ones I liked together. Originally I had the plan of the only using three beads to kind of replicate a previous necklace that I had made. Then I started playing around with other beads and decided to add on a few more to form my necklace. Now my beads are strung on and I have my design that I want to use. I'm going to take my two pieces of string and tie the ends together so that I can wear it as a necklace. So for this, there are different types of knots that you can use. You can make an adjustable, not that kind of moves from side to side. But I thought I would just do a simple knot where you're just making a loop around your finger and then pushing the piece of string through to tie it. So that concludes the process for making clay beads and turning them into a necklace. It's a very easy process and you can make a lot of beads with the small amount of clay. So I hope you guys give this process a try and you make your own necklaces. You can even make things like earrings with these beads or turn them into a wall hanging there. Just very versatile and there's a lot of stuff that you can do with it. I would love to see what you guys create, so please share on skill sharing. You can also share on my Instagram at SRI studios. I'll weave a hashtag for you guys to use if you want to add me and show me what you've made up over there on another social media platform. But I hope you guys really enjoyed this class and it was very beneficial and I will see you guys in my next class. Thank you for watching.