Kids love to design their own jewelry and making beads with salt dough is easy, fun, and safe. We give you some ideas for making beads, but there are dozens of beautiful beads you could make. Make a big batch of salt dough, dye it bright colors, and let the fun begin! You can also use polymer clay for finer work.
Note: Adults, when you dye the dough, keep in mind that the colors will get lighter when they dry. You can air dry the beads by letting them sit out for several days. You can speed up the drying process by putting them in an oven. Heat the oven to 200 degrees and let them beads dry for several hours. The exact amount of time can differ a lot, as thin bead will dry quickly and thick beads will take a longer time.
You will need:
1. Salt dough, dyed in your favorite colors. (Salt dough recipe)
2. A toothpick
3. A cookie tray or wax paper
4. A needle and strong thread
|1. Choose two colors. Roll out a thin rope of each color.|
|2. Twist the ropes together. Break off a piece of the twisted rope.|
|3. Roll it into a ball. The marbling will appear.|
|4. Gently push the toothpick through the bead. Give it a twist and then gently pull it out. Set the bead aside on wax paper or a cookie sheet to dry.|
|1. Roll out four long, thin ropes.|
|2. Bunch them together. Gently twist them. Don't twist too much or the ropes will begin to break.|
3. Gently slice the beads. You can make them long or short. You can leave the ends stright or round them off. You can even gently roll a short piece into a round bead.
4. Push a toothpick through the bead. Give it a twist and then gently remove it. Set the bead aside to dry.
Color Burst Beads
|1. You need three colors. Roll out one rope of your first color. Roll our five ropes of the second color. Make a large, flat disc with the third color.|
|2. Bunch the ropes together and wrap the disc around them.|
|3. Slice through the roll to form the bead.|
|4. Gently flatten each bead, then make a hole through it with a toothpick. Set the beads aside to dry.|
|When your beads are dry:|
Cut a piece of strong string that is long enough to go over your head and around your neck. Make sure you add two or three extra inches so you can tie a knot.
Thread the beads on in any pattern you like. You will probably be able to slip the string through the beads, but if it is hard to get the string all the way though, you can thread your string through a needle. When you are happy with your necklace, knot the ends together tightly.
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