Last week I put up a poll for people to vote on what piece of jewellery to do next. I have to apologize, my top voted option was a wire ring, but honestly…I just wasn’t feeling it this week. For some reason, I had the desire to try making clay beads. I don’t know if I just got sick of working with wire for a little bit or what, but I decided to switch it up. So sorry everyone that voted for the ring…maybe I will feel up to it next week..🤷🏼♀️
For making clay beads, I decided to just use the materials that I had and try it out with Air Dry Clay from Walmart. I wasn’t even sure where to begin, but I knew I wanted to use a variety of different sources again for this project! I started with a YouTube video that really just showed the basics of clay beads. I learnt how to roll the clay and make a hole in it. The video also had some examples of stamping things into the clay which is something I didn’t experiment with this time, but might in the future!
Next, I watched a more detailed video that had some tips and tricks for better beads. Two of my favourite tips were covering larger pieces of jewellery with Mod Podge to give it a different finish, and sanding the clay after it dries. I found this to be super helpful to get ride of some imperfections and improve the look of the beads.
Another video I watched had a painting tip that was literally genius. Instead of holding the beads to dry, or setting them down, it suggested putting them on a toothpick and sticking them in Styrofoam. Genius! I was super happy that I saw this tip before painting them. Otherwise I definitely would have just help on to them for a solid 15 minutes 😂
For painting inspiration, I decided to look at the wonderful world of Pinterest again. Here are some photos I found for inspiration:
I was well inspired and excited to start painting some beads! I decided to use acrylic paint as well as some nail polish so I could try out some different paints. I used some paint brushes as well as some toothpicks for finer details.
To begin, I rolled some small pieces of clay into little balls. You can’t see it in the picture, but I did poke holes in it before letting them dry. This is super important because they would definitely fail if you forgot that step.
After the beads were dry, I sanded them down a little to make them more smooth. Then, I put the beads on wooden skewers to paint and dry them. This process ended up getting a little chaotic, but I was super thankful for the tip of letting them dry on a stick.
Once I was happy with some of the beads I painted, I choose a few to put together onto a keychain. Unfortunately, I didn’t make some of my holes big enough so I couldn’t fit the string through them. Note for next time: make all the bead’s holes bigger.
Then, I used some crafting string to make a little tassel based on a picture I saw on Pinterest.
Overall, I think the final result is kind of cute. They didn’t turn out absolutely amazing, but I am happy with them for a first try!
Review of Skitch:
I could defiantly see how this could be helpful in the classroom. For this project, it was nice to get use to the features that Skitch has, but it wasn’t the most mind-blowing tool. However, I think in the classroom it would be helpful to use it as a way to show students what to do, blur out certain things, or as a way for students to present their ideas. The one negative is that I could got a notice that my free account couldn’t allow an image to sync. But, I was still able to save that image so I am not positive as to what it was talking about…
Overall, I don’t think Skitch will become one of my life-saving apps, but I can see possibly using it in the future. Thanks for stopping in to this week’s Learning Project post!!