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Polymer clay is a wonderful medium that is easy to work with and doesn’t need a lot of equipment. You can create so much with it, my kids and I often sit for hours playing with it, shaping figures, food and animals and make them into charms for jewellery. Polymer clay is hardened by baking in the oven and once baked it can last for a long time.

Here I made a necklace with beads that resemble turquoise semi precious stones using a technique called antiquing.

Materials and tools

Polymer Clay: Fimo Peppermint

Bead roller (optional)

Cocktail sticks

Black Acrylic paint

Sanding paper (400 to 1500 grit)

Alcohol based ink, ginger

Sponge or paintbrush to apply the ink

2 – 3 m of leather cord (1mm), depending on how long you want your necklace to be (I used 2m, which made a 50cm/19in long necklace)

Silver spacer beads

2 Silver cone beads

Epoxy glue

Toggle fastener

Step 1: Hardening the Clay and Chopping It

Put the clay in the fridge for at least ½ hour to harden.

Take it out of the fridge and chop it into little bits. This is so the beads develop cracks and small crevasses when shaped and they look more like the real stones.

<p>This beautiful!!!</p><p>Do you have to bake the beads or can you let them just air dry?</p><p>What is the difference?</p>
<p>I used fimo, if you don't bake it, it will stay soft, and the beads would probably loose shape over time. There is air drying clay, you can make beads with it too, I haven't tried the method I'm describing here with this kind of clay, you would have to experiment. </p>
<p>Very nice looking beads and very good instructions . Thank you for posting. Voted</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>Nice. Very convincing turquoise beads.</p>

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