Faux Raku Macrame Bracelet | Polymer Clay Tute Vol-078

Faux Rainbow Raku Macrame Bracelet - Polymer Clay Tutor6 Videos #587 to #592: Learn how to recreate the look of real ceramic rainbow raku, using polymer clay and some simple supplies.

Way back in 2009, I published a couple of Faux Raku Tutorials. One called Faux Smooth Raku, and the other was Faux Deep Crackle Raku. The techniques were, and still are, very unique and fun to do.

Recently, when visiting the fabulous Shipwreck Beads, I found and purchased a couple of real Raku beads with a rainbow finish. I was immediately inspired to revisit the Raku concept, and create a new polymer clay tutorial. This one mimics the Rainbow Raku finish of the beads I just bought.

Gathering together a few other supplies, also purchased at Shipwreck Beads, I came up with a great looking unisex bracelet using the new Faux Rainbow Raku technique… some simple beaded macrame knots… and a lovely toggle clasp. I think you will really enjoy this one.

Posted just below is a Sneak Peak and overview of my Faux Rainbow Raku Macrame Bracelet Tutorial. The rest of the 6 part video series will be posted tomorrow (Friday, Nov 7, 2014) in Vol-078 at the Polymer Clay Tutor Library.

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Vol-078-1: Video #587: Introduction: In this 6 part video tutorial series, you will learn how to recreate the look of real ceramic rainbow raku, using polymer clay and some simple supplies. You will then incorporate your faux raku beads into a hand knotted, beaded macrame bracelet. Although this may look complicated, it really is easy to do. The end result is an organic and stylish looking jewelry piece, suitable for both men and women (depending on the findings you choose). Both the raku technique and the macrame can be used in other crafting projects as well, making this a very versatile polymer clay class to have in your “skills” tool box.

Pt 2 Faux Rainbow Raku Macrame Bracelet Tutorial - Polymer Clay TutorVol-078-2: Video #588:
Faux Raku Texture:

In this video you will learn how to take simple lump of polymer clay, and create a textured and patterned bead, that not only looks like a real ceramic raku fired bead, but also feels pretty close to identical. You’ll also start the process of giving the beads its unique rainbow patina.

Pt 3 Faux Rainbow Raku Macrame Bracelet Tutorial - Polymer Clay TutorVol-078-3: Video #589:
Coloring Baking Drilling:

In this video I will show you how to finish the realistic coloring, using chalk pastels and liquid polymer clay. I’ll also share with you the tips and tricks for proper baking, finishing and drilling your beads so that they are durable and professional looking. Ready for creating your awesome macrame bracelet.

Pt 4 Faux Rainbow Raku Macrame Bracelet Tutorial - Polymer Clay TutorVol-078-4: Video #590:
Set Up for Knotting:

In this video you will get all set up for knotting your faux raku macrame bracelet. I’ll show you how to use a Mini-Macrame Board… or you can use just a regular clip board instead. I’ll show you how to measure and cut your cording… how to add the cords to your clasp… and how to pre-string your beads in preparation for knotting the pattern.

Pt 5 Faux Rainbow Raku Macrame Bracelet Tutorial - Polymer Clay TutorVol-078-5: Video #591:
Beaded Macrame Knots:

In this video you will learn just how easy it is to do the basic macrame knots, and how simple it is to incorporate your polymer clay raku beads and some tiny accent beads into the design. If you have every macrame’d in the past, you will find it a breeze. And if not, you will still find it easy, when you follow my clear and simple instructions. Once you master this knot, you will be able to move on to more complicated designs in the future. Perhaps even on to Micro-macrame!

Pt 6 Faux Rainbow Raku Macrame Bracelet Tutorial - Polymer Clay TutorVol-078-6: Video #592:
Additional Ideas:

In this final video of the series, I will show you a last minute idea for making a pair of earrings with the leftover cord and beads from your project. Plus, I will go through the many options you have for creating several different bracelet designs. Depending on your choice of findings… or lack of findings, you can make a unisex bracelet design for many different styles and personal preferences. This project can made to look elegant and classic, or chunky and rustic. The design is all up to you.

Other Suggested Supplies:

  • Artist Brush.
  • Baby Wipes or Damp Paper Towel.
  • Scrap of Coarse 50 grit Sandpaper.
  • Stiff Bristle Brush.
  • Scissors.
  • Ruler.
  • Baking tray with foil pan or card stock for tenting.
  • Molding Mat – Primitive Totem Blocks from Shipwreck Beads or 2 rubber stamps in pattern of choice.
  • Mini-Macrame Board at Shipwreck Beads.

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The full video series for the Faux Rainbow Raku Macrame Bracelet Tutorial described above, is available in Vol-078 at the Polymer Clay Library.

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The full video series for the Faux Rainbow Raku Macrame Bracelet tutorial described above, is available in Vol-078 at the Polymer Clay Library.

If you would like to receive 3 free beginner videos right now, plus some free color recipes that get sent out each week in my Friday email newsletter, please click this link: Polymer Clay Tutorials

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  1. Dixie Ann, 06 November, 2014

    Love the color twist on the Faux Raku Beads. The macrame intrigues me also as I have never done it and learning to do it with a fantastic teacher is going to make it even more exciting.

  2. Cindy Lietz, 07 November, 2014

    Thanks Dixie Ann! I think you are really going to enjoy this project. Do make sure to take pictures of how yours turns out.

  3. Sandra j, 06 November, 2014

    Very cool! Off to the playroom now to have some fun

  4. Cindy Lietz, 07 November, 2014

    Glad you liked it Sandra! Have fun and let us know how yours turns out!

  5. Patt W, 07 November, 2014

    Cool tute.!! I have everything but an appropriate rubber mat. ( Saw it on sale at JTV, for @2.99 + 15% off shipping…just saying)

    I will definitely be making a bracelet, sometime soon. Bizzy right now making Christmas stuff……..

  6. Cindy Lietz, 07 November, 2014

    Cool! Thanks for the info on an alternative place to pick that stamp up Patt. This project would make a great Christmas present if you need something quick to make up. Have fun with all your Christmas prep… I need to get started on that myself!

  7. Peg C, 08 November, 2014

    Thanks, Patt. I jumped over to JTV and found that mat and a few other things I can use. Great price!

  8. Patt W, 21 November, 2014

    Bought the rubber mat –Love, love it. Distinct images………Good buy, right!!

  9. Patt W, 21 November, 2014

    OH YUCK – I used too much black pastel. I now have a string of black beads. Oh well, live and learn.. I brushed off a lot of the black, but it did stick to most of the colors. Next time , I will just barely dust with the black. After I scrubbed the beads, they could use some Mica powders. Not Raku, but got to save them somehow. LOL Re-cycle, huh??

  10. Cindy Lietz, 03 December, 2014

    Oh, that is too bad Patt! Maybe next time you could give your bead a gentle wipe with some rubbing alcohol to remove the chalk if you put too much on? Sounds like you figured out a solution on your own though. At least they weren’t that much work to make and you could find a new look for them.

  11. Dixie Ann, 07 November, 2014

    Cindy, I didn’t see where you purchased the Mini Macrame Board in the list of materials.
    Please tell us where we can get one?

  12. Cindy Lietz, 07 November, 2014

    Dixie Ann I got my Mini-Macrame Board at Shipwreck Beads. I’ll also get Doug to add it to the supply list above.

  13. Mishka K, 08 November, 2014

    Great to see a type of beads that can be used for the chaps!

  14. Sandra D, 09 November, 2014


  15. Marilyn P, 10 November, 2014

    Thank you so very much. I am always telling people about what I have learned on your site and sent them the link to your site so they can join themselves.

  16. Cindy Lietz, 13 November, 2014

    Thank you for sending people this way Marilyn! We really appreciate your support!

  17. Lena S, 12 November, 2014

    What a fun project this was! I used to make raku pieces so this was a really neat idea. All the fun colors without the welders outfit, heat, and danger! It’s the first time I’d actually played with the pastels on the clay. I love it!

    I decided to make a necklace instead of a bracelet. And, I’d never done macrame before – so that was fun too. Although, I’m not sure macrame and I are ever going to be “good” friends. LOL. I didn’t have a board, but I clipped the end up high with a clamp and secured the other end between me and the counter top. Worked pretty well.

    Here is a link to my finished necklace. Not perfect. But, I’m perfectly happy with it. I learned a lot!

  18. Cindy Lietz, 13 November, 2014

    Hi Lena, you did a great job on your necklace! The beads look really nice and as far as the knotting goes, you did all the right steps. You just needed to tighten the knots a little more. Pull snugly so that each knot sits up tight against the next knot, so there aren’t uneven loops at the side. Be careful not to pull so tight that it twists though. A little practice and macrame may just become your Best Friend! :)

  19. Lena S, 13 November, 2014

    Thank you for the tips Cindy!

    I really screwed up with not enough cord and had to try to weave another length in without knowing what I was doing. Any tips on how to figure out how much you need? I figure there must be some formula. Practice makes perfect. (:

  20. Cindy Lietz, 14 November, 2014

    Hi Lena, I am not a macrame expert but generally you need about 3x or 4x the finished length, depending on the knots used. Doubled if you will be folding the cord in half. I can’t quite remember, but I think I said 56 inches for the bracelet. Which we folded in half =28 inches and ended up with a bracelet around 7 1/2 – 8 inches. That comes to 3.5 times the 8 inch bracelet before we started knotting, which we had a little left over. There is probably a formula or a chart out there. I just haven’t hunted it down yet. It is always best to err on the side of too much… Cord is cheap and you can always make earrings or tassels out of the leftovers. :)

  21. Lena S, 17 November, 2014

    Thanks for the extra tips!

  22. Dixie Ann, 13 November, 2014

    Lena, you did a beautiful job on the beads!

  23. Lena S, 13 November, 2014

    Thank you Dixie. I did like the beads the best. Macrame? Eh. Good effort. LOL.

  24. Sandra j, 17 November, 2014

    It looks great!

  25. Patt W, 21 November, 2014

    Your beads are BEAUTIFUL !! You did such a nice job. BE Proud!!!!

  26. Marion Rayner, 22 November, 2014

    Hi Cindy – loved your latest video series with an updated and improved version of Raku and wanted to add my thanks for the fantastic work you both do. In particular I love the way you not only demonstrate a new technique, with instructions for combining colours but also put it to use with several great ideas plus a wonderful project! What you offer is really amazing and after being with you for over 4 years now I still can’t believe how you keep coming up with new ideas! Amazing stuff, thank you Cindy.

  27. Cindy Lietz, 01 December, 2014

    Thank you so much Marion for your kind words!! It makes both Doug and I very happy to know that you are getting so much value from what you are learning here. Thanks for coming back to say that. Most people don’t go to the effort and we really appreciate it!

  28. Samantha G, 23 November, 2014

    This has nothing to do with the post on this page but I wasn’t sure where I should post this.
    Anyway, I had the idea to make magnets with polymer clay and picked up some Aleen’s Tacky Magnetic Adhesive Dots and was wondering if anyone has used these with polymer clay and knows if the adhesive is compatible. Or if anyone has any suggestions.

  29. Cindy Lietz, 03 December, 2014

    Hi Samantha, I have not tried those glue dots on polymer myself… perhaps someone else will chime in? In the meantime, it might be worth doing some tests on your own and see how it works for you. Do let us know how it goes.

  30. Monique B, 02 December, 2014

    Thanks you for your great tutorials, I really enjoy them all!!! Greetings to Canada from Germany :-)

  31. Neta McKinney, 19 January, 2015

    I’ve been hunting everywhere for the rubber stamps used in this tutorial… My husband loves this look and wants to make it. I found one place but they wanted an extra 30$ just to ship it to Canada. Shipwrecked beads has been out of it for a long time now. Anyone have any ideas for us? Thanks for your help!

  32. Cindy Lietz, 20 January, 2015

    Hi Neta, Patt W. in a comment up above said she found those rubber stamps on JTV for quite inexpensive. Maybe you should try there? Also there are probably tons of similar stamps that would look just as cool. Try Googling “rubber stamps primitive design” or “totem design stamps” or something like that. The possibilities are limitless!

  33. Cindy Lietz, 20 January, 2015

    Here I found the JTV link.

  34. Lena S, 21 January, 2015

    OH! I followed the link and they have FREE shipping the day you join their mailing list. A bunch of their mats were 50% off on clearance. I got 5 of them for $15, no shipping fees.

  35. Sarah S, 15 March, 2015

    Cindy, I just wanted to take a moment to say – you’re the Best! I have just started my polymer clay journey (1 year into this wonderful medium). I’m not one to continually blog or text but I just had to drop you a line. You gave me my start, I’d love to meet you at one of the conferences and certainly want to give you credit for covering all beginner bases and then some …………… thank you!

  36. Cindy Lietz, 16 March, 2015

    Thanks for sharing Sara… here’s to meeting up in person one of these days :)

  37. Malgorzata Pukacka, 06 May, 2017

    Hi Cindy,

    I would like to say that I was expecting a lot after watching your great YouTube videos for a long time, but I was offered more than I had expected now that I have purchased 2 of your back issues (Vol-069 Faux Batik and Vol-078 Faux Raku).

    Your videos are not only informative, but also you make lots of difficult things look easy or at least possible to practice. You are a really awesome teacher and this is a rare skill. Interesting and original, too. I’ll be back for more.

    Thank you,


  38. Cindy Lietz, 06 May, 2017

    Thank you for the very kind works Margot. So glad to hear you are enjoyed the tutorials so much.

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