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Many of you are not crafters. Perhaps even the word CRAFT is a swear word. We think that’s kind of unfair to the poor word. And we think you’ve just been bombarded by highly tricky, complicated, and difficult crafts pretending to be simple and easy. That just makes most of us feel completely inadequate. Well of course crafting gets a bad name with that to live up to! But learning how to make clay beads is not hard.
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We are sorry if we have contributed to the feeling that crafts are hard. We probably will contribute to that feeling again, it’s true. But, we’re trying really hard to keep our “crafts” approachable and easy, for real.
Like clay beads.
Really, they ARE easy. And they are one of those old-school “crafts” that are great to know! And teach your kids. And have a “bead” party. Maybe you need an idea for a fun activity for a Sunday School class or 4-H activity? This is one to think about.
Let me show you how easy…
- clay (we used Sculpey, which you can find EVERYWHERE…even Walmart & Target). Use white if you want to paint your beads. Or you can start out with different colors, if you like.
- a screw, pencil, chopstick, etc…
- ribbon, yarn, twine (for hanging around your neck)
- paint and brush(if desired)
1. Take about a gumball size of clay and squish and squeeze and pull for a minute or so…until it’s soft and bendy. (how do you like my very scientific explanation right there. Right!!). You want it to be able to form nicely.
2. Roll your clay into a ball and press your fingers into either side to make soft indentations.
3. Use your screwdriver, pencil, etc. to create a hole in the center.
Hooray you…you learned how to make clay beads!! Now bake those babies in the oven (read the directions that came with your clay. It’s easy…promise. Usually on a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes) and string them up on ribbon. Or, be fancy pants and paint them.
Tip: if it’s difficult to put ribbon or yarn through the bead opening use a paper clip (unbent) to push it through.
See…a “craft” doesn’t have to scare the crap out of you! Truly and for real.
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