Sandy Polymer Clay Beads… Yet Another Reason to Go to the Beach

Beach Sand Polymer Clay Texture Ideas

Creative Ways for Adding Texture to Your Polymer Clay and Jewelry Beads:

The days are starting to heat up around here (finally), and it’s time to start planning some trips to the beach! Next time you head out to the coast, or down to your favorite lake shore, be sure to grab a bucket of sand for doing some creative polymer clay inclusion techniques.

Ordinary (washed) beach sand, like the sand in the picture above, is wonderful for adding texture to polymer clay.

Sand can be added to translucent polymer clay (plain or tinted with a touch of colored clay), to make wonderful faux stone and faux granite.

It can be mixed with acrylic paint and used for veining in faux turquoise or faux marble beads and canes.

And it can be pressed into the surface of your beads and then rinsed off again after baking. This technique adds a creative a pebble-like finish to your beads.

A word of caution though… the grit of the sand is very hard on your blades and pasta machine. Use an old tissue blade and an acrylic roller instead of your good tools.

So the next time you feel the sand in your toes, just think how cool it would look in your clay! Man, I’m looking forward to Summer!


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  1. Amanda, 25 April, 2009

    Great idea, thanks for the tip.

  2. Cindy Lietz, 25 April, 2009

    Thanks Amanda! I know you are in Australia and that most people leave near the coast. Does that mean you live near the ocean too? You could make lots of sandy beads, if you did!

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  4. Phaedrakat, 16 June, 2010

    Good reminder of some of the uses for sand with polymer clay! I haven’t tried any of these yet, but they look like fun…

    Now if only I could go to the beach, and enjoy it like I used to before my back decided to hurt all the time! Instead, I’ll see how it goes with the pool. They need to get going again (there’s some kind of bottleneck in the scheduling, I guess.) There’s no denying it’s summer, though. The AC’s been on every day for the last 4. The hot’s here!

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