Make Chic Jewellery With Baked FIMO Clay
I like to provoke my own imagination with a mash of fashion and art combined as the best eye candy. My latest handmade wearable art freshly baked from my art and craft studio: handmade FIMO clay beaded necklace and a pair of matching whimsical dangly earrings (quite my signature style).
It’s been a decade (no kidding) since I bothered to roll out, sculpt or hand-cut coloured clay for toasting in the oven but today has been a perfect day to do so—a day of unspeakable angst with my wifi down; it’s all systems down for the writer and out comes the crafter.
Just as well, after my frenzied week, there’s nothing like a spot of crafting to calm me and soothe my soul, relaxing me to the point that I’m focused on nothing else other than the next bead to thread or the next angle of squared clay to slice. If you’ve never tried hand-making your own beads before, it’s a wonderful and fulfilling crafting experience that leaves you with something personal, unique and precious to keep. It’s always the value of handmade whilst having fun that keeps me hooked to all the different crafts I love to indulge in. At the end of the day, it’s the way I connect with my inner quiet place to rest, meditate and melt stress—in a way I can’t quite put a finger to, but it offers me the balance I need in my life and much needed therapy.
This bespoke necklace I’ve created is simple and organic-looking, made out of geometrically-shaped beads I fashioned out of FIMO clay armed with nothing but a penknife and child-sized silicon rolling pin.
You could say my inspiration was derived out of my recent holiday to the captivating natural beauty and wilderness of Tasmania, with its rustic collection of sheer cliffs, gorges and forest reserves, cold clean southern waters and its exquisite geometry of hills, valleys and natural rock formation.
FIMO clay (white-effect)
FIMO clay (black, No.9)
Suede leather string / black waxed cotton cord
Balinese silver findings
Rolling pin, child-sized
Parchment paper (for a non-stick surface to line table surface)
Instructions for clay beads:
Line a parchment paper on the surface you’ll be working on. Remove the packaging on your FIMO clay. Using the pre-scored lines on the FIMO clay, slice a log measuring about ‘two line widths’. Divide the sliced log into another further 4 equal parts. Start with slicing the scored portions away so that you are left with a clean cut cube.
Randomly slice an angle of the cube, then repeat all around the cube, taking care to slice off pointed points to get a geometrically-shaped bead. There is no need for precision or to have all your beads in equal size or shape—the end result will be more natural and organic.
Cut a quarter of the cube for two smaller versions of the geometrical bead to be reserved for earrings. You may cut additional cubes for a matching bracelet, if you wish.
Using a point tool, pierce the bead from one end to the other. For the smaller-sized earring beads, use a pin for piercing a smaller hole, preferable the pin you’ll be using to construct your earrings with, for exact sizing.
Once you’re pleased with the number of beads and their appearance, carefully place each one into an old baking tray designated for craft only (for hygiene and safety), then bake the FIMO beads at 120℃ (148 ℉) for 10 minutes, and let it cool down completely. Ensure you do not exceed this or the beads may change colour. Different polymer clay brands may vary in baking time, be sure to read all instructions for the particular brand you prefer.
Once the clay beads have cooled completely, thread them into the suede leather string, waxed cotton cord, or the string material you have chosen. Finish the necklace with your jewellery findings.