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Making your own bracelets is a great way to add a personal touch to your style. Whether you’re looking for something unique to wear yourself or a special gift for someone else, handmade clay bead bracelets are always a thoughtful and stylish choice
If you’re new to working with clay, don’t worry – these 15 bracelet ideas are all easy to make, even for beginners. Once you get the hang of the basics, you can start experimenting with different colors, shapes, and embellishments to create bracelets that are truly one-of-a-kind. They are meant to serve as inspiration and a foundation for you to build off of as you let your creativity run wild.
1. Simple Beaded Bracelet
This basic bracelet design is perfect for anyone who wants to try their hand at working with clay beads. All you need are some colorful beads, a few lengths of jewelry wire, and a pair of wire cutters. String the beads onto the wire, bend the wire into a circle, and then use the wire cutters to trim off any excess.
2. Rounded Bead Bracelet
If you want your bracelet to have a more polished look, try using rounded beads instead of traditional clay ones. You can find these kinds of beads at most craft stores, or you can make your own by shaping pieces of clay into balls. Once you’ve strung the beads onto wire, use a pair of pliers to gently squeeze the wire together until it forms a complete circle.
3. Heshi Clay Bracelet
Heshi beads are a type of clay bead that has a unique, flattened shape. They’re easy to make yourself by rolling small pieces of clay into flat discs. Once you have a few Heshi beads, string them onto jewelry wire and then bend the wire into a bracelet shape. Use pliers to gently pinch the ends of the wire together until they’re flush with the beads.
4. Spiral Clay Bead Bracelet
This bracelet gets its unique look from spiral-shaped clay beads. You can make these beads yourself by rolling long snakes of clay into tight coils.
5. Polymer Clay Bracelet
Polymer clay is a type of oven-bake clay that comes in a wide variety of colors. It’s perfect for making bracelets because it’s easy to work with and can be molded into any shape you want.
For this bracelet, start by rolling out a long snake of clay. Then, use a knife or other sharp object to cut the clay into thin slices.
Next, string the slices onto jewelry wire and then adjust the wire into a bracelet. Bake the bracelet according to the clay’s instructions and then let it cool completely before wearing.
6. Metallic Clay Bead Bracelet
Add a touch of glamour to your bracelet by using metallic clay beads. You can make your own by adding a little bit of Metallic Powder to regular polymer clay.
7. Glitter Clay Bead Bracelet
For a fun and festive bracelet, try using glitter clay beads. You can find these kinds of beads at most craft stores, or you can make your own by adding a little bit of glitter to regular polymer clay.
8. Marbled Clay Bead Bracelet
Marbled clay beads are a beautiful and unique addition to any bracelet. To make them, start by rolling out two snakes of clay, one in each of your desired colors.
9. Faux Leather Clay Bead Bracelet
For a more masculine look, try using faux leather clay beads. This is where you ’ll want to experiment with different colors and shapes of clay to create beads and intertwine them with teh faux leather.
10. Patterned Clay Bead Bracelet
Patterned clay beads are a fun and easy way to add interest to your bracelet. These are a great way to use up scraps of clay that you might have left over from other projects.
11. Button Clay Bead Bracelet
This bracelet is a great way to use up any extra buttons you have lying around. Simply string the buttons into jewelry wire and then form the wired bracelet. You can use any size or shape of button for this project, so get creative!
12. Sequined Clay Bead Bracelet
For a touch of sparkle, try using sequined clay beads. These are great for kids ’ bracelets or for any bracelet that needs a little bit of extra pizzazz.
13. Floral Clay Bead Bracelet
This bracelet is perfect for springtime or anytime you want to add a touch of femininity to your look. To make it, start by forming small balls of clay. Then, use a toothpick or other sharp object to press into the center of each ball to create a flower shape. Once you have all of your flowers made, string them onto jewelry wire and then shape the wire.
14. Bug Repellent Bread Bracelet
Yes, you read that correctly! This bracelet is made with beads that contain natural oils that repel bugs. To make it, start by combining equal parts of polymer clay and bug repellent essential oil. mix together until the clay is thoroughly saturated.
Then, form the clay into small beads and string them on the wire. Once you have all of your beads on the wire, shape it into a bracelet and bake according to the instructions. Let the bracelet cool completely before wearing.
15. Essential Oil Clay Bead Bracelet
These types of bracelet are not only beautiful, but it’s also functional. The beads are made with essential oils that can be used to promote relaxation, focus, or energy, depending on the oil you choose (make sure you do your research here to be on the safe side).
To make the beads, start by combining equal parts of polymer clay and your desired essential oil. Mix together until the clay is completely saturated.
Have Fun With It and Experiment!
There are endless possibilities when it comes to making polymer clay beads. So, don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors, shapes, and sizes. And, most importantly, have fun with it! Try and make it useful too, I got the WiFi name and password embedded into one of the bracelets, so I didn't have to keep back and go check it each time.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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