Well it’s finally here… the tutorial that many of you have been patiently waiting for!
Pandora Beads and others of this style (Caspia, Troll, Chamilia, Trinkets), are very popular today because of their collectibility and interchangeable features. Basically, the way this type of jewelry works, is that you buy the large holed, metal lined beads individually, and then slide them onto the specially designed bracelet, necklace or earring blanks, to get different looks. Sort of the modern version of a charm bracelet.
Real Pandora beads/charms range from simple silver lined glass beads at $40 a piece, to 14K lined Art Glass Beads at $270 each. At that price, it is no surprise that jewelry makers are making their own versions of this popular bead style, using various materials, including polymer clay!
It took some experimenting, but I eventually figured out a fool proof way to add Sterling Silver Cores (plus other types of grommets as well), to your polymer clay beads… with perfectly aligned holes and a professional finish. It’s super simple too! You are going to love how easy this is!
Hi Cindy, last year we (our clay family) talked some in the blog about learning how to make the “Troll” or “Pandora” beads. Do you have any plans in the near future to do a tutorial on those beads? They are so amazingly popular and I would love to learn how to make them while they are still a hot ticket item. Thank you! ~Cheryl-V
I have been thinking about Pandora beads too… have no idea how these are finished cleanly. Any chance Cindy of a tut in the near future? ~DJ
I’d like to see Pandora-style (metal-lined, big-hole) beads. I haven’t actually made any, and while I can think of two specific approaches I’d try if I did, it would be great to see how Cindy would tackle them. ~Sue-F
Hey Sue! I’m with you… learning to make that Pandora style beads would be very interesting. ~Aims
I only just started making jewelry over the winter because I wanted to try to duplicate those expensive “Troll” and “Pandora” bracelets that are getting so popular now. I discovered polymer clay when I was having trouble finding “just the right bead” for my projects. I dove right into the clay and love working with it. ~Cathy-M
I just signed up for the membership and I am so very excited. I am very new to working with the clay, but I am very artistic and creative and am very excited to get started. I did not see a video for beads with the cores, do you have something like that? What I would like to do is make beads like the Pandora beads that have the cores in them instead of just a hole. Do you have anything like that? Thanks so much for the effort that you put forth for all of us! ~Kim-G
Welcome Kim, hope you enjoy the family here, and I do mean family. Most of us have said at one time or another we would like a pandora type bead tutorial, we hope that it is coming up soon, but Cindy’s list for producing the videos must be a mile long by now. So once again welcome to the family, you’ll see very soon it is the best money that you’ll ever spend. ~Ken-H
I love the Pandora-style beads! I’ve noticed lots of people showing interest. Makes me wonder if Cindy has been busy experimenting on these; it would be cool if she had a video tut coming up. ~Phaedrakat
So without further ado… coming up tomorrow (Friday August 5th 2011) in the Vol-039-1 members video at the Polymer Clay Tutor Library, I’ll show you all how to make your own beautiful Pandora Style Beads that you can be sold, gifted or added to your own collection.
Please Note: A general prerequisite for all of my weekly tutorials is that you have a good understanding of the polymer clay basics, including: conditioning clay, using a pasta machine, clay blade and other simple tools, making Skinner Blends or Teardrop Blends, baking clay, as well as sanding and finishing. If you need help in these areas, my Polymer Clay Beginners Course will get you up to speed quickly. There is also plenty of free information on this blog. Use the search box at the top of the page to find articles on specific topics.
Supplies & Tools: Video-039-1 Pandora Style Beads:
- Grommets. In the video I show examples of 4mm and 5mm Sterling Silver Grommets I purchased from Rings ‘n Things online, as well as base metal grommets found in the Scrapbooking section at Walmart. Grommets or Eyelets found in the scrapbook department often do not state the size of the opening, so a great tool to have handy for measuring is a caliper. You can often find digital calipers in jewelry tool supply stores.
- Sculpey Pearl and Etch Tool Set. If you can’t find these tools, a properly sized knitting needle may work for you. See tutorial for choosing the right tool for the job.
- Polymer clay.
- Polymer clay canes (optional).
- Acrylic block or alternative flat surface.
- Pasta Machine or acrylic roller.
- Clay blade (optional).
- Clay cutters (optional).
- Bead baking rack and piercing pins.
- Tweezers (optional).
- Sanding and buffing supplies (optional but highly recommended).
- Polymer clay compatible finish such as Sculpey Glossy Glaze (optional).
- Polymer clay compatible glue such as Weldbond.
- Paper towel and tooth picks (optional).
The full version of the Vol-039-1 Pandora Style Beads video will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday Aug 5, 2011. But if you would like to see a sneak peek intro clip right now, scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.
The full version of the “Pandora Style Beads” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-039 Back Issue Package.
Customer Feedback About Membership Value:
Hi Cindy. I’m new to polymer clay, but your style of teaching has made me almost an instant expert. You should have a show on HGTV. You are great! ~Jill-V
I just became a member even though I really can’t afford to spend much money since I am on a small Social Security check each month. I think that your videos are great and easily understood. There is so much to absorb on your site, I don’t know if I am really getting to every area. Thank you for your help and for this valuable service. ~Dorothy-H
First of all, I want to thank you Cindy again for all the help you gave me and how patient you were when I had some trouble with my username and password. Well I’m all squared away now and very happy with my membership. I occasionally feel like I need some inspiration and these videos and color recipes are definitely useful. I encourage everyone who hasn’t signed up yet to do so – it really is a great deal. Plus Cindy is very prompt at answering one’s questions / concerns about this addictive medium. ~Maria-C
The following topics are included in this week’s Polymer Clay Tutor Library, Pandora Style Beads video tutorial:
- See several examples of large hole, Pandora Style beads, and jewelry, using a variety of polymer clay techniques and different types and sizes of metal grommet cores.
- Discussion of the tools, materials and techniques needed to create these gorgeous, collectible and interchangeable beads.
- Learn the tricks to making the right sized and shaped beads with precisely lined up holes that turn out perfect every time… even if this is the first time you ever made a Pandora Styled Bead!
- Plus, with some creativity and ingenuity, there are many ways to come up with your own unique large hole bead and jewelry designs.
The full version of the “Pandora Style Beads” preview video shown above, is now avail for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-039 Back Issue Pckg.