Rustic Beads Made with the Tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree

Using polymer clay, you can make rustic beads that are perfect accents for your shabby chic, assemblage, and collage type jewelry. You can make them in any color to compliment your design, and you can make as many as you need.

Rustic Beads and Components made from polymer clay.

Headpins don't have to be dull. They can be creative and unique. Just add some beads and a loop for simple earrings. Or get more creative by using the wire to wrap around other components in your design.

Rustic Headpins, perfect for making earrings.

You can made beads with the technique, but I also show how to make components like headpins and connectors.

These small connector beads feature loops that make perfect links in a bracelet.

I love the endless possibilities of color with this technique. You are only limited by your imagination.

Rustic Beads can be made in any color.

Any brand of polymer clay can be used and this technique works particularly well with Souffle. These pictured below are made with Cernit. You can even use air-dry clays such as paper clay.

These beautiful Rustic Beads were made with Cernit polymer clay.

Now I'm no jewelry maker, but here are some simple pieces that I made with my own Rustic Beads. As you can see, it's a great way of using up the mis-matched and accent beads that we all have in our stash.

Jewelry made with Rustic Beads.

Are you intrigued? Want to learn more about the Rustic Beads and Components Tutorial? It is 41 pages long and has 82 photos that take you through every step. This is a beginner to intermediate level tutorial and requires no special tools or knowledge. If you can moosh clay in your fingers and you know how to bake it, you're good! You don't even need a pasta machine.

This tutorial has been a perennial favorite for several years and so many people have told me it's their "favorite technique ever"! I have found that making these beads is addictive. They're easy, and soon you find you want to make "just one more", then another, then another....

The Rustic Beads and Components Tutorial is one of 11 tutorials and eBooks that you can find in my Tutorials Shop.

The Blue Bottle Tree is the home of polymer clay information and tutorials on the web. It's the go-to website to learn more about this wonderful, addictive craft material called polymer clay. Come visit!


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