As far as jewellery making is concerned I've always bought my beads and it never occurred to me to make them myself. I recently got inspired by Heidi from Ex Post Facto Jewelry who made her own bead caps and I decided to to give bead making a go.
I've had these crystals for at least two years. They were a gift from a a very kind man who runs a jewellery store. I didn't really know what to use them for so I stored them in my bead box thinking they will come in handy someday.
So I bought some polymer clay and decided to just make some ordinary round beads and embellish them with the crystals from my stash.
It's really not difficult and I found this project thoroughly enjoyable. Notice the 'fancy' tools I'm using: an ordinary knife and some toothpicks. It so easy to work with this polymer clay. It feels like play-doh and it's extremely soft.
This is the slightly less easy part of the process, inserting the crystals. It's very time consuming, it took me about 8 hours total to make two baking trays of beads.
Here are the blue beads all finished and ready for baking.
So what do you think? I'm pretty satisfied for a first try.