With Christmas around the corner, I thought I’d share with you all a pretty gift idea for her or in my case, the kids. My daughter is in the pink, dresses, jewellery and hair phase of her life so I thought I’d put my hands to work and make her a gift for Christmas with the left over polymer clay that I had from the geometric coasters.
Polymer clay in whichever colours you want
Wax cord (or any string or ribbon)
Food colouring in the colour you require for your wax cord
Two knives (for individual colours)
Two ear buds (cut off cotton buds on each end)
Small pot filled with cold water
Start off by cutting and sectioning your polymer clay. Word of caution, do not use the same knife for every colour because the colours will rub off onto each other.
Manipulate the corners of each piece of clay then rub between your palms into round balls. Start with one colour before moving to the next colour and wash your hands in between colours if needed. I began with white then moved to pink and had to wash my hands after.
With one cotton bud stick, “screw” in your clay circles and return it through the same hole. Then screw in the bud on the other side and re-roll if required and fix the holes. Once you’re done with all the first colour balls, you can wash your hands thoroughly and start with the next colour.
Once all your polymer clay balls have been rolled and pierced, place them on a baking tray and heat your oven to no higher than 130 degrees celsius. I used fan assisted but you don’t have to. Once your oven is ready, place tray in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Whilst your beads are baking, measure the amount of cord you’ll require, cut and soak for a minute or two in cold water. Remove your cord and discard 2/3 of the water and place your pot on the stove pot and place heat on medium. Once warm, remove from the stove and add your food colouring (you will need at least a table spoon of food colouring for wax cord to absorb), mix. Add your wet cord into the pot and ensure it’s well covered. Leave it for about 5-8minutes to absorb the dye. Remove from the pot and place your cord on a paper towel until it cools down. Then you can hang your string to dry completely.
Remove your polymer beads from the oven and allow them to cool completely before removing from the pan. You may need to give them a nudge to help them to release from the pan.
Once your cord is dry and the beads have cooled down, string up your necklace in any fashion. Once I had the look I wanted, I tied a knot about 8cm from the last bead on either side, slipped my smallest beads on and knotted above the bead. I knotted the ends of the cord as tight as possible.
There you have it. A cute gift for her and the kids! If you liked this post hit like and I’d love to see your own creations.
See you next week!