If you are looking on how to make a chakra bracelet or a rainbow bracelet, you are in the right place.
This tutorial is suitable for absolute beginners. You will learn how to use polymer clay to make beads and create a bracelet.
For this project, I am using polymer clay colours that represent the chakras (rainbow colours). However, you can use the same method to make beads using any colour you like.
I am sure you will enjoy the process and will love the result.
How to Make a Rainbow Bracelet
In this post, you will learn how to use polymer clay and make a lovely chakra bracelet with rainbow colours.
An original chakra bracelet should have the colours of the rainbow that represent the chakras as I explained above. If you would like to know more about Chakras, read my other post here.
You can also use plastic, glass, gemstones or other types of beads instead of Polymer clay to make a chakra bracelet but here I will show you how to use polymer clay and make your own beads.
1- How to Make Polymer Clay Beads
List of Materials
- polymer clay
- pasta machine or acrylic roller
- elastic string
- spacer beads
- small metal cutters
- toothpick, kitchen oven, baking tray and foil tray,card
7 Polymer Clay – Fimo Soft – colours: violet, indigo, blue, green, red, orange and yellow – Polymer Clay
Glass, Metal or Plastic Beads (around 7) – 10mm and spacer beads are your choice – Spacer Beads (Example)
(make sure your beads will pass through – check the measurements carefully before buying)
Conditioning Polymer Clay
The clay will need to be conditioned before using it. It will not be ready from the package.
You can use a pasta machine or an acrylic roller to soften the clay. The clay needs to be conditioned so all particulars are mixed and your piece will not break after baking.
Whether you are using a pasta machine or an acrylic roller you will need to cut the clay into small pieces. It will make the process easier.
Note: This is part of the process might take a little longer than you expect but do not feel discouraged if your clay is too hard. It will get softer.
Some tips to soften your polymer clay:
- Use Fimo Soft clay (it is softer than other polymer clay)
- Use a few drops of baby oil
- Warm-up your clay by sitting over for a few minutes (put in a plastic bag first!)
Once you have all your colours in a nice sheet you need to make sure all beads are going to be the same size.
If you are using a pasta machine, roll all colours in the same number set. If you are using a roller, make sure the sheets are the same thickness.
Now, let’s get to the fun part!
How to Use Polymer Clay and Make Beads
It is very easy to make basic polymer clay beads. The more important is to have them all in the same size.
Using a metal or plastic cutter to cut small shapes. It does not need to be a circle it is just to measure the quantity of polymer clay for each bead.
For each bead, take three pieces of each colour and make a ball with the palms of your hands.
Note: The number of pieces you are adding together will depend on the size of beads you want to make. If you like bigger beads add more pieces. Just make sure all beads contain the same quantity of circles you cut.
Making Polymer Clay Beads
Now, just roll in your hands to form the bead!
With a toothpick or beading tool, make the hole in your bead as the picture below.
First, insert the toothpick in one side then carefully turn the bead to the other side and pass the toothpick or beading tool through the hole so you make a nice and tidy hole.
Insert the toothpick in the middle of the bead until it touches the other end.
Note: Very Important Before Baking: Make sure the hole is large enough to pass the elastic through.
Baking Polymer Clay Beads
Note: This is my way to make beads. There are other methods.
I leave the toothpick inside while baking. I bake my beads in a folded cardboard sheet. See above.
Another option is to make a base with cornflour in your tray and place the beads.
Place your beads in the folded cardboard on the top a baking tray (use this tray just to bake polymer clay-do not use for food)
Cover with an aluminium baking tray. There are loads of polymer clay types so always read the pack and follow the instructions on time and temperature.
Make sure your oven is correct set or use an oven thermometer.
I bake my polymer clay at 130 degrees for one hour and I never go over 130 degrees celsius. However, you will need to check the package of your clay. Some may differ.
After baked, place the beads in a ball with cold water.
When they are completely cold you can now start to make your jewellery.
Note: You can sand if you want to make a smoother finish but as a first project it might not be necessary.
How to Make a Chakra Bracelet with Polymer Clay
Measure the size of your wrist. Choose some extra beads that can be glass, plastic, wooden, metal anything that you like. See below some examples.
You can also add two or more beads that you made so you don’t need to add extra/different beads. Be creative, it’s your bracelet so make it the way you want.
Choose the other beads and spacer beads to complete the length of your wrist.
As an example, my wrist is about 17cm. Cut the elastic string 4cm bigger than your wrist length so you can make a knot to finish your bracelet.
Start to pass the elastic into the beads. Make sure you secure the end so you don’t let the beads come out while you are adding them.
Make a knot with the two ends, cut the remain elastic and try to hide the knot inside the bead.
I hope you have enjoyed learning how to make a rainbow bracelet and how to use polymer clay.
If this is your first polymer clay project just as a warning: You might get addicted!
Polymer clay is a medium that helps relax while empowering your creativity. You can also sell your bracelets!
See other examples of what you can do with Polymer Clay below.
See some of my other polymer clay projects here.
I also sell Polymer Clay Tutorials, full of step by step pictures and detailed instructions, tips and secrets.
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Enjoy your lovey Polymer Clay Journey