Jewellery Making Beads Using Blue Gingham Polymer Clay Cane Designs

Blue Gingham Lentil Bead and Cube Bead

Make these fun Sculpey and Fimo Beads based on 50’s style caning patterns and beginner polymer clay techniques:

Old meets new with this unique gingham design on lentil and cube beads! Originally created in the 17th Century and popularized in the 50’s as a fabric pattern, gingham can bring back memories of country picnics, cozy bedding and childhood dresses. The modern bead take on the gingham design is a pleasure to make and fun to wear!

First fashioned into a polymer clay cane, this pattern was created using a clay extruder and three different colors of polymer clay… blue, white and a mix of the two.

The design can also be created in a number of other color combination too. Traditional gingham checks are red, blue, green, yellow, pink and black… combined with white.

Picture a string of these checkered blue gingham cube beads and lentil beads paired with sparkling silver and glass beads. Or maybe enlarge the bead holes and weave them into some funky hemp jewelery bracelets or necklaces.

Polymer clay canes made with an extruder are easy, fun and have lots of design potential. Yesterday I wrote about making beads that had a modern polka dot design. They were also made using an extruder to create the initial canework.

So if you’re a jewelry designer or a polymer clay artist that wants unique jewellery making beads for your next project, think about learning the art of cane making. There is nothing more original than handmade beads created by you!

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor



  1. Marsha, 25 July, 2008

    These gingham beads are absolutely beautiful! Where can I learn to make them? Caning looks like it’s difficult to me! I’m looking forward to learning the technique.

  2. Marianne Huber, 26 July, 2008

    I agree with everything you said Marsha. But, I have a feeling Cindy will get us through it.

  3. Cindy Lietz, 27 July, 2008

    Thank you Marsha! Marianne is right… I will be able to teach you how to do this cane. With my new caning courses I will be able to take the mystery right out of the cane making process! You’ll be making great beads like this in no time!

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