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Number 4 Make a Clay Bead Necklace?
Different cultures have used jewellery as decoration for centuries. Have you seen the examples in the slideshow? Now it's your turn to make a decorative bead necklace!
Step 01
Gather the items you will need.
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Step 02
Step 02
Use a piece of clay which fits comfortably in you hands and "play" with it to remove any air bubbles. Poke, push, prod, squeeze, tear, roll, etc.
Step 03
Step 03
Roll a small piece of clay between the palms of your hands to make a small ball. Make lots of them. Can you make beads of various shapes, ie, cubes, cuboids, ovals?
Step 04
Step 04
If you wish, create texture and patterns on your beads by marking them with a cocktail stick, matchstick or other small tool.
Step 05
Step 05
When you have made about 20, slide them very gently onto a wooden skewer. Leave a little space between them so they don't stick together.
Step 06
Step 06
When they are dry (approx. a week later) remove them from the skewer. Think about how you will decorate them. What colours will you use to paint them? Will you use really bright colours or dark ones? Will you add designs and patterns when the base colour is dry? Will you choose the same colours and designs for each bead or will each one be different? Use a very small paintbrush and take your time!
Step 07
Step 07
When the beads are dry you could varnish them with PVA glue to give them a shine. Thread them onto a length of plastic cord and knot the ends. Make sure the cord is long enough to go over your head. Wear them with flair!
Tip For Teachers:
Beads look very well if painted with metallic paint, which gives a shine, so there is no need to varnish with PVA glue. Berol produce a range in bright strong colours, Metallic Cromar and Meltdown, a range in silver, gold and copper. These are water-based and very safe to use.
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