Polymer Clay Bead Making
About This Course
This course is provided in a self-guided course format. You can see the menu on the right or at the bottom of the page on mobile. You can skip through to read the various sections out of order, but I recommend starting with the Basic Bead Making section first and following along to learn the fundamentals. Learning the basics will give you the know-how to make neat, precise, and beautiful beads. Enjoy!
If you prefer to print this course and read from paper, you can download and print the course by pressing this button. Be aware that some of this course includes videos, which will require an internet connection. (The PDF version does include links to those videos.) The PDF version also does not have a resources section. You’ll need to refer to the online version to access the resources, links to suppliers, and discount coupons accompanying this course.
Why a Bead Making Course?
Beads have been part of human culture for tens of thousands of years (or longer). They’re simple in concept, beautiful by nature, and useful for functional and decorative purposes. Many people in polymer clay began their journey searching for ways to make unique beads for their handmade jewelry creations. So polymer clay bead making has a rich history. There are tons of videos and books detailing how to make a variety of beads in innumerable styles.
But I noticed a gap in the available educational materials for helping people make polymer clay beads well. Much of the instruction merely restates the same classic bead styles and repeats outdated methods that work well for chunky macrame styles that were popular decades ago. Makers now want to make precise, refined, and finely crafted jewelry as polymer clay takes its rightful place as a fine craft and even an art medium.
I decided to undertake a 100 days project, making 100 days of beads. The many, many questions told me that a new bead making course was needed. So here it is. Here is Polymer Clay Bead Making.
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