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.