The Polymer Clay Bead You Can Make Using a Plastic CD Cover:
A popular polymer clay technique that I haven’t discussed in a while, is how to make the swirly lentil bead. They are beautifully shaped beads which work nicely in so many jewelry designs. Make them large for using as a focal bead or an artistic pendant… or keep them small as accent beads.
This is a very fun (and addicting) technique to learn, that allows you to incorporate polymer cane designs, mokume gane slices and scrap polymer clay. In fact, the lentil bead in today’s photo was made using a couple of slices from basic leaf canes… yellow/green on one side and orange/red on the other.
The only tool needed to roll lentil beads is a piece of plexiglas or something comparable… like a thick piece of tempered glass with tape around the edges for safety; or even a clear plastic CD case/cover.
With some practice in getting the right swirl of the wrist, you’ll be cranking out these fabulous swirly beads in no time!
I have written a fair number of articles on the technique of rolling lentil beads, and have produced some how-to videos with detailed visual instuctions. Here are some links for you to review if you like:
- Polymer Clay Lentil Beads – Making Them Can Be Very Addictive
- Cool Substitute Tool for Making Lentil Beads
- Polymer Clay Tutorials | Piercing Lentil Beads
- Polymer Clay Tutorial | How To Roll Perfect Lentil Bead Shapes
- Polymer Clay Tutorial | Making Lentil Beads Using Your Scrap Clay
- Adding Polymer Clay Cane Slices to Lentil Beads
- Lentil Beads From Scrap Polymer Clay – A Surprise Every time
So tell me about your lentil bead projects. How are using them? Are you as addicted to them as I am? Have you run into any Lentil Bead Making challenges that you you need help with?