Hinged Clay Bead Bracelet
There are many ways to connect polymer clay beads to form a bracelet. My intention was to find a way to connect them that would offer flexibility and movement. That led me to the idea of using hinges between each. I originally was going to try to hide the hinges somehow but then I found these pretty gold hinges at Hobby Lobby and decided they would be a nice accent between the beads. They also complement the metal gold foil imbedded in the beads and the gold clasp. I used Pomegranate, Gold, and Black clay colors along with Gold Leaf to match a shirt I’m making for the summer. Choose a mix of colors that appeal to you. I borrowed a custom made cutter to shape the beads. A rectangular shape cutter can be substituted.
Before you begin, condition all clay colors. Cutting should be done on plastic film which will allow you to easily rotate the work when necessary.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines. On my machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.
step 1 - Pass the Pomegranate clay through the conditioning machine on the# 1 setting. Put aside a 1.50” x 8” wide strip.
step 2 - Roll the translucent clay on #2 setting. Apply the gold leaf to the clay by burnishing the leaf to the clay then peeling away the backing. Follow the package instructions.
step 15 - Place the parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake the clay at 275 degrees for 30 minutes. Hinges will be very hot. Allow the project to cool completely before handling.
After I finished my bracelet my friend Donna, said, “You could have inserted the sides of the hinges into the sides of the clay beads instead of using your button method”. And she’s so right! If you choose to do that, keep in mind you will probably need to make the beads a little thicker. The beads in this project are less than 1/8” thick and that slim profile is something I really like about this project.
- Sculpey Clay - White Translucent 1/2 oz., Black 1/2 oz., Gold 1/2 oz., Pomegranate 1 oz.
- Speedball Gold Leaf
- Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
- Sculpey Super Slicer blade set
- Liquid Polymer Clay
- Etch n’ Pearl tool
- 7/8” gold hinges
Fire Mountain Gems
- gold tab clasp
- wax paper
- plastic film
- parchment paper
- rubber stamp
- spray bottle
- 1” clay cutter