Football Beads You Make with Polymer Clay – Score a Touchdown Everytime

Football Beads

Vid #019: How To Make Your Football Beads Actually Look Like Footballs:

Rolling football beads by hand takes some skill… kind of like how a good quarterback needs skill to throw a game winning touchdown pass.

With polymer clay, the trick is knowing how much pressure to use when rolling the clay between your hands. If you press too hard, the bead shape becomes pointy at the ends and no longer looks like a football.

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The full version of the “Football Shaped Beads” preview video shown above, is included in my Polymer Clay Bead Making Fundamentals Course [SEE Video #19 of 39]. By watching this video, you will quickly get the hang of rolling the versatile shaped football bead. You may even learn how to crank them out faster than by using a polymer clay bead roller device.

  1. Cindy Lietz, 05 March, 2008

    The advice I share in the Rolling Round Beads video about letting the bead rest a little before piercing it, applies to these football shaped sports beads as well.

  2. Katina, 24 August, 2008

    I have a friend who is a huge football fanatic and I can’t wait to make her some green football jewelry she can wear to the games. She is a walking poster for her college on game day and she would love this.

    Can’t wait to see the video so I can learn the secret!

  3. Cindy Lietz, 06 December, 2008

    I hope the video helped you Katina! Thanks for the fun comment!

  4. Ken Hamilton, 14 February, 2009

    A question, sometime in your color formula cards you call for a “trace” of a color, what does a trace equate to – a pea, a 5mm ball, or a few crumbled crumbs? I’m not very good either in cooking when it calls for a pinch or dash. Please help. 0<):o)

  5. Cindy Lietz, 15 February, 2009

    That’s a great question Ken!

    The reason I say ‘trace’ instead of an actual amount like pea sized etc. is that it really depends on the amount of clay you mixed up. If you were only mixing a very small batch, a pea size would probably be too much.

    Trace amounts are added when a color is almost perfect but just needs to be tweaked a bit. They are usually added to soften or mute a color as with the case of adding Black to any color or Alizarin Crimson to a Green color.

    These tiny trace amounts in my color recipes are often very strong colors, that would easily overpower the mix.

    If you would feel more comfortable with actual measurements, you could use 1/32nd of a part as your trace amount. That is usually a small enough amount.

    I hope that helps with your question.

  6. Ken Hamilton, 16 February, 2009

    Thanks that helps a lot. I’m pretty good at “seeing” colors, but when it comes to mixing them, I’m not so good at that, I know that with practice I’ll get better at it, but that takes time and I’m still a newbe to PC.

  7. Susanna A, 08 June, 2009

    Thanks so much for posting all of your color recipes Cindy! I love them!

  8. Cindy Lietz, 08 June, 2009

    I’m glad you like them Susanna! I checked out your Etsy site… What cute stuff you make!

  9. Christine L, 10 June, 2010

    Cindy – It took me awhile to go through all of the many videos in your beginners course, and I found them very helpful. I know I shall go back to it frequently to refresh my memory. It does really help to see exactly how things are done. Thank you.

  10. Cindy Lietz, 10 June, 2010

    Thanks for your feedback Christine. I appreciate you taking the time to write. All the best, ~Cindy

  11. Francoise McBrien, 23 July, 2010

    Hi Cindy, I feel a bit stupid because I’m not sure of understanding properly the way your site works! I understand I can purchase old video of your tutorials but that I need to become a member. It’ll cost me 10 $ more or less for 3 months membership plus 10$ for the setup fee. Do you write books? I much prefer paper because I don’t have access to the internet on holidays when I have time for my hobby. I’m very tempted but wonder how to make it practicable for me. Thank you in advance. Please let me know if I misunderstood your site.

  12. Cindy Lietz, 23 July, 2010

    No need to feel stupid :-) You have it perfectly correct.

    In regards to the monthly dues, I keep them VERY affordable at only $3.32 per month. This gives you 24/7 access to the videos that accumulate in your library account.

    I haven’t published any written books yet, primarily because they don’t allow me to do full motion visual demonstrations.

    Hope this helps in your decision as to whether or not to become a member. We would love to have you on board as part of the community.

  13. Phaedrakat, 25 July, 2010

    Hi Francoise! You might want to try getting Cindy’s email newsletter, if you do not already receive it. You’ll get a couple of free recipes every week, a new one and one of the older ones. (A new B-series palette each month, plus one of the older B-series palettes that’s getting re-circulated.) Not to mention 3 free videos! It’s a pretty cool deal.

    Regarding the monthly membership, it’s very low—I barely notice the $9.95 after 90 days (and 12 tutes!) The tutorials end up costing around 80¢ each, which is lower than any video tutorial out there! Especially when you consider the quality of Cindy’s videos—so very good! The only thing I regretted when I joined was waiting—I missed out on paying the low price as the videos I’d seen them discussing at the blog got put into the back issue library! Hope you decide to join us!
    ~Kat – Riverside, CA, USA —Where are you from?

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