My new favorite toy is a Dremel micro power tool. I admit it. And it should come as no surprise to those who know me well. I am not characteristically a froo-froo person. I gravitate toward the natural, earthy, more substantial elements in the stores. I don’t have much patience for delicate crafting unless it’s pom-pom making (which, I guess brings into question my claim to not like froo-froo?). But, pom-pom making isn’t in the same league as bead work. Or leather moccasin making. Or the like. Those people are just amazing, crazy, talented artisans. Generally, my new toys for my line of work are a pair of scissors. Or a new hot glue gun (yes, please!). Sometimes I’ll grab a bundt pan in a fun color. You know, tools of the trade.
Insert the Dremel 2000.
Okay really it’s the Dremel 8050 tool but, isn’t it fun to say Dremel 2000? :) My new toy is so freaking handy and amazing and fun and insert more adjectives and exclamation points here ! But, in the case of this tutorial we’ll talk about the etching we did (after we cut metal, sanded wood, and all kinds of other stuff!). This little tool has a range of accessories for other uses! Love it!
A couple weeks back I showed you how to make very simple clay beads. Simple simple simple! Sculpey polymer clay and an oven, that was all you needed to make these guys. After mine had dried I painted them black. Because I knew that the Dremel micro tool lay in store for them.
It is so very easy to use the Dremel micro tool to etch a design onto the clay. And, as you etch the paint comes off (as well as the clay underneath) resulting in the black and white graphic look. Of course, yours may look different based on the color clay you used and if you painted yours. So, keep that in mind.
Using the etching tool is incredible easy. You hold the Dremel micro 8050 tool a lot like a pencil with a great deal of control. For these designs I didn’t need to get fancy. I was able to use one of the accessories that came with the Dremel micro 8050 tool. Simple lines, dots, arrows, and triangles are perfectly matched to the look that I wanted. I wanted these beads to have a tribal look to them. The graphic black and white with the simple designs is perfectly suited for that, and the Dremel tool was perfect for helping create my tribal beads!
I strung up my finished beads on a leather cord (found near the leather or jewelry cording in your craft store), but a ribbon or yarn would be equally charming! I liked the leather because it helps continue that natural, earthy feel. Although Lanet is modeling this necklace, don’t be fooled… it’s mine. I wear it all the time! I love it with a t-shirt, jeans, and moccasins. My new favorite!
Okay, truth be told, I’m hooked. I want to make more clay tribal beads, more clay bowls, more EVERYTHING. And then etch the crap out of them! So, be prepared family members. I see a whole lot of beads and dishes in your future. And you MUST pretend to love them!
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