Tube beads are probably some of my favourite things to make using polymer clay…well I actually have many favourites but I do love making tubes.  They are just so versatile (hmm I think I’ve either done a blog post on their versatility before or if I haven’t I really need to!!).

I had an idea of creating a large statement piece using just tube beads and a recycled metal choker from the second hand store.  I first began by creating my veneer pallet – this is my favourite thing to do ever!!

Warm, earthy colours were chosen for my veneer pallet with just a hint of purple and burgundy as well.

The next step was to create the tube beads.  I used a variety of veneers and added black polymer end caps on the end of each tube bead to create a harmonious look.

Deciding how to hang the necklace was important.  Normally if a tube bead has a hole smack-bang in the middle it will spin around which I didn’t want.  I could have created these tubes with a thread hole down the length and joined them together using ladder stitch but I didn’t really want that look either.  I decided on two holes in each bead which I could then use a 1mm black cotton cord to thread through.  This means my tubes would cascade nicely down the front of the body.  I created a simple tool to do this job and I think the pictures explain it nicely.

I could then thread the beads onto my cotton cord and tie off onto the up-cycled metal choker which has been covered with textured, black polymer clay and cured.

This has ended up being one of my favourite pieces and I think will stay in my stash forever.

I sure hope you enjoyed the process.

 

 

 

 

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Deb
Deb
1 year ago

Debbie, these tube beads are beautiful!
Definitely going to try these.

Roberta Johnson
Roberta Johnson
1 year ago

All of this is new for me. I look forward to trying this and I’m looking forward to your newsletters and tutorials.

Linda Smith
Linda Smith
1 year ago

Wow. I’m so excited about your technique! Just thinking of the possibilities with this ……………………Thanks Debbie. 🤗

Joanie
1 year ago

What a great idea, Debbie. I love the necklace. Thank you for sharing.

Julie Leake
Julie Leake
1 year ago

I love it! Thanks!