How to Make Clay Bead Keyrings
There’s no denying that recently there has been a huge craze for all-things-clay. I personally LOVE the stuff. As a crafter and lover of all things handmade, clay allows me to really experiment and learn new ways of making a variety of different items; whether it be household objects, decorative pieces or fashion accessories, like these trendy clay bead keyrings!
Tutorial and step by step photos by That’s So Gemma.
1. Air drying clay is so simple to use. Just remove the packaging and take an amount that you require to mould. I always keep a glass of water close by incase I feel the clay becomes to dry. Adding water will help, but be careful not to add too much!
Top Tip!…I highly recommend using a plastic bag as a surface to roll your clay on to. Air-drying clay has a tendency to stick to surfaces, so to save your hard work from being ruined use a plastic bag for easy-peel.
2. Roll your clay into bead shapes – you can go round or square, whichever you prefer!
3. Use a needle/ large cocktail stick to create holes in to your pieces.
4. When all pieces are complete, leave in a cool, dry space to allow the air-drying clay to completely dry. This is when patience and time is needed as you’ll need to leave them for 2-3 days depending on the thickness of your products.
5. Keep checking your clay items to see how they are drying. You may need to turn them over every once in a while so they get full coverage of air.
6. When the clay is completely dry and stiffened it’s time to start decorating your pieces. To paint the beads for my charms, I used acrylic paint on some, and decorated the others with different patterns created from the porcelain pens.
7. Once all the beads were completely dry, I threaded 4 beads on to different coloured ribbons.
8. On one end of the beads I tied a knot to secure, and on the other end I sewed on a gold key ring to create the charm.
9. A couple of scissor-snips to cut the ribbon and the charms were complete.