Learn How To Make Your Own Beads Using Light Weight Clay

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Make bead pearls out of lightweight clay to use in jewelry pieces. The pearls have a marble-like effect that was made using the Radiant Neon Electric Coral ink pad and the help of Imagine Craft Mat. The intense of the coral color can lighter or darker by allowing the clay to absorb the relative amount of ink when it is rolled on the Craft Mat.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes + drying time


Step 1

Heavily stamp with the Radiant Neon in Electric Coral ink pad on Imagine’s Craft Mat.

Step 2

Roll on the inked surface a piece of lightweight clay formed into cord-like shape. Form a ball/large pearl in your palms. Continue making more large pearls.

Step 3

When you finish forming the pearls, and before the clay dries, use a piercing tool to open holes through the pearls. Make sure that they are well opened to allow easy access to the cord.

Step 4

When the clay dries, pass the pearls and the metallic beads in alternate order on the waxed cord. Add end clasps and lobster hook at the ends of the cord.

Step 5

For the earrings pass a bead and a pearl in flat head jewelry pin and using the round nose pliers attached on the earring hook.


  • Lightweight clay
  • Jump rings, lobster hook
  • Earring hooks
  • Metallic beads
  • Waxed cord
  • Piercing tool
  • Pliers