December Creative Play Day 22: Peripheral Beads by Candace Jedrowicz

The Cool2Craft Creative Play theme for December is “Give Yourself a Gift.” You give to everyone else during the holidays and all year long. Time to give yourself a treat! Make something, go somewhere, do something that’s just for you and photograph it! Then share it with us – post it on the Cool2Craft Creative Play blog on the Hive. Anything goes! I’m going to run with this theme and craft every day in December. I’ll be posting tutorials and videos as well as making some kits available at the Marketplace. Join me on Cool2Craft for 31 days of blissful, healing, creative play and give yourself the gift of play, too! [Candace J.]

I call these beads peripheral because they are made from leftover clay that’s been treated in some way, so it can’t just be tossed in with the untreated clays.  That’s not to say that it couldn’t be used with other clays, but if you need a specific color, you don’t want to reach for this thinking that it’s the color you’re looking for.  These clay had crafting foils applied to their surfaces. So, I make little moons and stars with these bits!

I featured how to make these cool beads on Cool2Craft Live TV – – leftovers can be turned into gems!  Here are some details:

The original project was tiled frame. The polymer clays I used  were purple and green,
The iridescent crafting foil was burnished onto the clay. The tiles were cut with a small square cookie cutter.
I cut several round cuts, put the pieces back to back and blended the edges. Then I made holes with a needle tool. These little round guys reminded me of full moons, so I dug out my tiny crescent moon cutters and cut four pieces to put back to back.  Then I dug out my 1/4″ star cutter — that used up almost all the rest of the leftover clay!
The beads made from leftovers came together to make these adorable earrings! What do you make with your leftovers?


  1. Janet Licari says:

    Another pair of beautiful earrings. A pair without food ;) ??

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