Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Simple Tribal Beads


This ethnic necklace was made by a complete novice from left over polymer clay.  Although there was more black than white, both colours were rolled into logs of the same length. 
The logs were then placed side by side, folded in half and rolled together into one log. 

The log was divided evenly with a sharp craft knife by halving, halving again, and so on until it was divided into 16 pieces. 

The finished necklace has 17 beads of varying sizes.  A small amount of clay was taken off the other segments to make the 17th piece.

Each segment was rolled into a ball and then alternate balls were rolled into logs approximately twice the width of the ball.  Quite a large hole was made using a small knitting needle.  This is so that leather thong, a lace or ribbon could be used to string the necklace together.  A silver chain was used in this example.

Leather thong is probably the most effective way of stringing up these beads as it adds to the ethnic feel of the piece.  A simple method of connecting the ends of the thong, and for making the length adjustable, is illustrated below.

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