Learn how to make easy hollow beads using spun cotton balls and decorate them using Czextruder.
About the author
Petra lives near Pilsen, Czech Republic. Ever since childhood, she has loved learning new craft techniques. By age fifteen, she began studying art at various art schools in Pilsen before receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design at the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art, University of West Bohemia. She has been working for LUCY CLAY since 2014.
Materials and tools:
- Polymer clay (colors of your choice)
- Liquid polymer clay
- Czextuder + LC Disk 3 (extension with small holes)
- Scalpel, blade
- Small spun cotton ball (approx 2 cm)
- Cord for Jewelry Making
Condition polymer clay and make a thin sheet. Cover the ball and cut off the excess clay. Smooth the surface – roll it in your hands to get a round shape.
Use a small cookie cutter and make a hole on the top and bottom.
Now extrude the clay. Use the extension with small holes from LC Disk 3.
Take 2 extrusions and twist them around each other. Then take another 2 extrusions and twist the strands around each other in the other direction.
Press these two parts together. It should look like a braid.
Use liquid clay to glue the braid to the ball.
Cover the whole ball with braids. Use the cookie cutter to cut out the excess of the braids.
Mask connections around both holes by placing extrusions around them. Bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Put the bead into the water. Let it soak for a while. Use tweezers to pull out the spun cotton ball. Make more beads, and you can make a necklace.
Download PDF tutorial for free: hollow-beads-PDF-tutorial