Faux Sea Glass Beads -Polymer Clay Tutorial


Hello and welcome to another video brought
to you by KeepsakeCrafts.net. I have a jewelry video coming up for
you shortly that incorporates sea glass. And I thought I would show you how to make
your own faux sea glass beads. All you really need is some polymer clay.
You can get this at most of your craft stores. The color isn’t so much of a color as a type,
it’s translucent. I know right now it doesn’t look translucent
but it gets much more so once it’s baked. You’ll also need some alcohol ink. There’s
a couple different companies that make them. These Adirondack ones are great. For sea glass
I like to use the color Stream and also the color Bottle. They make beads that look like they could
have once been bottles that were made into sea glass. So right here I have 1/4 of an ounce of translucent
clay, and this is enough to make about six beads. The alcohol ink, which you need the tiniest
part of. You shake it up a little bit. Then open it. Would you believe that even
a drop of ink on this much clay is going to make the colors too intense? So what I like to do is actually take the
edge and spread, even that may be a little too much. So I’m going to take a bit of paper towel
and just wipe off the excess. Yes, believe it or not, that’s excess. The very important thing here is that you
let the ink dry completely. It shouldn’t be shiny at all on the clay. It should be completely matte. Then once that’s done you can go ahead and
thoroughly mix the color into the clay. And you’ll be surprised at how much that tiny
bit of ink colors this whole piece of clay. So, now I’ve mixed in my ink and it’s time
to make these into beads. I know right now it looks rather opaque, but
it will look more transparent once the clay is baked. And the best way I’ve found to get kind of
irregular beads is to roll it into a log and just break off pieces with your fingers. That way they’re all slightly different in
size And then put it between your palms and roll
each one into a ball. When you’re rolling these into balls you don’t
have to worry about making them perfect balls, but you do want to smooth out any folds or
seams because that wouldn’t look right in a piece of sea glass. So we’re going to make these all ball shapes. Then we’re going to shape them. What I use,
if you use your fingers you end up getting fingerprints on these So what I use is just a clear acrylic block
the stampers use to put cling stamps on. But what I do is I take this and I press each
ball three times, just random squish. And I kind of leave the pieces a little more
on the flat side, because if you think about sea glass it’s bottles, as a rule, broken pieces of
bottles that have been smoothed out, so they’re going to be more flat pieces. But you might end up with a thick bit that’s
a bottom, something that’s a nugget. I just kind of randomly press these until
they’re all a little different. You know what? If you don’t like one, you
can roll it up in a ball again, and start over. So go ahead and shape all of your pieces. So here are all my little beads shaped. It’s not a bad idea when you are making something
faux, to have a picture or a bit of the real thing nearby to kind of compare with. And this is actually a piece of real sea glass
that a friend gave me, so yeah, kind of the same roundy organic shapes. The final step before baking is to add holes,
and I love to use this. It’s doll needle. It’s great for piercing holes in beads. And notice I’m going in at a bit of an angle
so when they dangle they’ll kind of be at jaunty angles. You just stick it in and wherever it goes
is where it goes. Give it a twirl. If you blow out the backside you can just
smooth that a little and go back in and sometime I send the eye of the needle through and that
widens and smooths it out. You can use any needle, just make sure it’s
not too fat. If it is you want to start at one side and
go back through the other. That way you won’t get those blown out ends
on the other side. Now the next step is to bake these. Bake them at the recommended temperature that’s
on your package. Here’s a package of my translucent clay and
it will always tell you. Here it is: 275 degrees for 30 minutes per
1/4 inch. So these are a little over 1/4 inch at their
thickest, so I’d probably bake them for 45 minutes. Just to give you an idea of the difference,
here’s a piece of unbaked clay and here’s a piece of baked. You can really see how much more translucent
it is once you’ve baked it. And it kinda looks like sea glass. So go ahead and bake these and you have a
set of beads. And here are a few other colors, this is the
Bottle, the green, and this is the Stream with a little more ink in the mix. The best way to bake this is to put them on
an index card and put them in your oven. That way they won’t end up shiny. You don’t want to leave them on a tile like
this. You can bake right on a tile but find a piece
of paper or an index card you can put them on so they won’t end up shiny on the back
side. Well, I’m back. Not with my finished beads, but a cautionary
tale for you that when you set your oven temperature, make
sure it’s at 275 not 375. Otherwise what happens is you burn your beads. These are actually kind of fascinating and
I may paint them with some metal paints and give them patinas, but this is certainly not
the sea glass beads. Also, the fumes from burning polymer clay
are toxic. Fortunately I had baked the clay (let me see
if I can get this on camera for you) in one of these, actually two of these. It’s
a disposable aluminum baking pan. And I have two that I put on top of each other,
one upside down, and I clamp the edges with clothespins. That contained a lot of the stinkiness. You will have to open all the windows, turn
on the fans and the fumes are not good for you. So be sure that you’re very careful. We’ve all probably done it at least once,
but be very careful when you set your oven temp, that it’s 275, not 375. Here we are once again with my batch of beads
baked at the correct temperature. So have a lot of fun with this project. You can try different colors of alcohol inks
and make your own beads. I hope you’ll check out the video that accompanies
this one on making a bracelet with faux sea glass beads. Thanks so much for watching Keepsake Crafts’
videos. Up on the screen are two more videos you might
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