Badge Lanyard Project Using Polymer Clay Faux Turquoise Beads

Faux Turquoise Lanyard Beads

With Polymer Clay You Can Make Faux Stone That Looks Very Genuine:

Over the last week or so, I have written several times about some ID lanyards I made for a custom order. The order has long left the studio, but since I’ve taken pictures of them all, I thought I would share another one with you.

The badge lanyard pictured above was created with faux turquoise beads made from polymer clay. This faux technique involved mixing and chopping up turquoise colored clays. The clay pieces were then covered with sand and paint, before getting lumped all together to make the turquoise beads.

It is a very messy process, but simple to do and the effect is quite genuine looking.

My lanyard beads for this project are round nugget shapes. In a previous post I showed you a jewelry bracelet made with both the nuggets and some cube shaped faux turquoise beads which have a different look all together.

Are clay faux turquoise beads something that you would like to learn how to make? I’d love some feedback on this. Leave me a comment below with your thoughts! The level of response I receive for each of the jewelery and bead projects I post about, determines what sort of videos end up getting created for the Polymer Clay Members Library. So your comments are kind of like votes.

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  1. Dawno, 14 November, 2008

    Great idea. I do want to learn how to make polymer clay beads for my projects; I’ve seen so many great techniques and ideas. Thanks for sharing your expertise!

  2. Susan, 14 November, 2008

    Faux Turquoise sounds like a great project to work on. Thanks for all your sweet comments. I love your blog and get lots of inspiration from it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Cindy Lietz, 15 November, 2008

    @Dawno: Thank you! I’ve seen your lanyards and they are very nice. Polymer clay beads would be a great addition to them. If you are interested in a beginner’s course on making polymer clay beads you can click the link by my name. Thanks for your comments!

    @Susan: Thank you so much for your comments as well!

  4. Liz, 15 November, 2008

    Hi: I would love to see your version of faux turq. in a video. Thanks. Liz

  5. Cindy Erickson, 16 November, 2008

    Hi Cindy,

    Count me in. I’d be very interested in seeing a video of you making faux turquoise…and other faux mixes as well. Thanks!

    :) Cindy E.

  6. Illlaya Brown, 16 November, 2008

    Sand in your turquoise, hummm very interesting. Indeed a video on faux turquoise would be a necessity for this clayer. Illaya

  7. Cindy Lietz, 16 November, 2008

    Thank you Liz, Cindy E. and Illaya! Faux Turquoise is going on the to do list!

  8. Diana, 16 November, 2008

    I will look forward to seeing your video on faux techniques.

    I have several books that show some of the faux turquoise techniques, but seeing it on video is much more useful for me.

  9. Peggy Dieu, 17 November, 2008

    Cindy, I would love to see a video on making faux turquoise. Sounds like they would be fun to make.

  10. Cindy Lietz, 17 November, 2008

    @Diana: Seeing something done in video is way easier to understand than seeing it in a book. I look forward to sharing the technique with everyone.

    @Peggy: They are super fun to make, especially if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty!

  11. Judy, 27 February, 2009

    I would be interested in seeing a video on making beaded lanyards.

  12. Cindy Lietz, 27 February, 2009

    Thanks for your interest Judy. I definitely have beaded lanyards on my list of videos to film. So stay tuned… it’s coming :-)

    And in regards to the faux turquoise video requested by others who commented earlier in this thread… that one is now available. The “Faux Turquoise Beads” link by my name above will take you to the page where you can see the preview video.

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