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Sculpey III® Tube Bead Bracelet

Sculpey III® Tube Bead Bracelet

Designed by Amy Koranek
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This project can easily be adapted to a single bracelet, stacked bracelets, wrap bracelet, or necklace by making more or less beads. COMPLETION TIME:60 Minutes to make, bake, and assemble
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  • 20” Stretchy bead floss in black
  • Scissors
  • 10” Bead needle
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Project Instructions

Step 1

    Getting Started:
Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.

Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.

    Baking (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 15 minutes per 1/4" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking/curing; however please note that the baking/curing times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.

Step 2

You can make as many beads as you like for the size and style of bracelets that you want to make. Working with 1/4 bar of Berry at a time, make a series of equal size cylinders - about 3/8” thick and 1.25” long.
photo shows cylinders of clay

Step 3

Place one of the clay cylinders on the smallest Etch ‘n’ Pearl. Because the Etch ‘n’ Pearl tools are designed for making consistent size holes, they are the perfect tool for making tube beads.
photo shows as described

Step 4

While the clay is on the tool, carefully and evenly roll the clay on the work surface with your hand. The clay will stretch along the tool creating a long tube with a hole all the way through it.
photo shows as described

Step 5

Leave the tube of clay on the tool, and carefully slice it into beads. Do this by holding a Clay Blade perpendicular to the clay and roll the clay on the tool with the Blade. The Blade will cut through the clay as you roll it. Stop when the Blade touches the tool all the way around.

Repeat until you have several same size beads 1/2” - 3/4” in length. Section off the scrap ends and save for later use.
photo shows cutting the beads

Step 6

Repeat Steps 3-5 to make as many beads as you would like.
Place the Bead Baking Rack on a baking sheet.
String the beads onto the Bead Baking Skewers and prop them up on the rack.
photo shows beads on skewers and rack

Step 7

Next make some contrasting striped spacer beads.
Start with 1/4 bar of White making it into a log shape.
Make a tiny string of Black.
photo shows as described

Step 8

Press tiny strings of Black lengthwise to the sides of the White log.
photo shows as described

Step 9

Roll the striped logs into thinner ropes that are about 1/4” diameter.
photo shows thinner striped ropes

Step 10

Carefully slice the striped ropes into 1/4” sections with the Clay Blade
photo shows cut striped tubes

Step 11

Gently roll each bead in your hands to make them round.
Pierce the striped beads with the Bead Baking Skewers and prop them on the Baking Rack.
Bake the beads following the baking instructions for Sculpey III®.
Allow to cool completely before handling.
photo shows as described

Step 12

The Bead Baking Skewers are also useful for auditioning the pattern of your beads.
I made a set of longer Berry beads as well for one of my inspiration ideas.
photo shows as described

Step 13

I enjoy using an 8” or 10” Beadalon Bead Stringing Needle. Slide the pattern of beads onto the needle. Cut thin stretchy bead floss to double the bracelet length plus 2”.
Thread the hook in the long needle at the middle of the floss so the floss is doubled.
photo shows as described

Step 14

Pull the beads toward the floss, carefully move the beads over the threaded hook and completely onto the floss. Carefully remove the floss from the hook.
photo shows beads threaded on floss

Step 15

Tie your favorite bead knot to secure.
photo shows as described

Step 16

Here’s a look at several different styles for inspiration.
photo shows several slightly different designs