How to Embed a Bead into Polymer Clay
Posted on January 8, 2013 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks, Tutorials by Katie Oskin
How to Embed a Bead Into Polymer Clay
Sometimes It’s NOT as Easy As It Looks
For anyone who’s a self taught polymer clay artist, you’ve already made some critical mistakes in claying. You tried a shortcut (that didn’t work) or tried a way to do something that ended up ruining your piece. It’s okay, don’t worry, we’ve all been there. This month we are going “back to basics” in creating with polymer clay. So for today’s mini tutorial we’re going to go over the proper way to embed a bead into polymer clay.
How To Embed a Bead into Polymer Clay
At left, you will see step by step pictures on how to properly embed beads into polymer clay. As many new clayers find out, simply “pressing” a bead into clay will not make it hold. You have to either use liquid polymer clay to adhere it to the clay, or you have to embed it with wire.
- First choose a 24-28 gauge copper wire. (I usually use black 28 gauge copper or 24 gauge silver anti-tarnish wire).
- String bead onto about 1.5″ of wire. (Length of wire depends on size of bead).
- Using round nose pliers hold the ends of the wire steady and begin to twist the bead.
- One you have a twist approximately 1/4-1/2″ inch long, cut the ends of the wire with flush cutters.
- Then embed the bead into the area of polymer clay where you wish the bead to be placed.
- Make sure you embed the bead PAST the wires.
- Cover the bead with clay pieces/elements to ensure it will never move or fall out (see photo above).
Thanks for joining me today,