Oriental Beads / Free Polymer clay tutorial by Beads Academy/ Mihaela Georgescu https://michellemaya2005.wordpress.com/




Oriental Beads / Free Polymer clay tutorial by Beads Academy/ Mihaela Georgescu https://michellemaya2005.wordpress.com/

Hello dear friends!

I’ve entered 2016 full of energy, inspiration and with a lot of wonderful projects. One amazing thing is the fact that I enrolled in the Polymer Clay Adventure (Online Art Retreat) so I will have a year full of inspiration and lessons taught by artists that I admire. Thus I don’t have any other option, but striving for the best version of myself, being in good company:)

And it only gets better, as I bought the ticket for the EuroSynergy Conference in Bordeaux and I count the days till this event. It is a dream come true and I feel blissfulness just by thinking I will attend the Polymer clay event of the year this summer. 

As I seem not to be very able to organize my time very well (I hoped that I would post more often and I didn’t), I also take up Kater’s Acres challenge and commit to work with polymer clay and post a weekly tutorial. So I said it and therefore I will have to do it. #2016PCchallenge This is the link to the Challenge in case you need a motivation to be more organized when working with polymer clay: http://katersacres.com/polyclay/2015pcchallenge-polyclay/2016-polymer-clay-challenge/

Before passing on to the tutorial, I want to thank drowningwings.wordpress.com (https://drowningwings.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/3-days-quote-challenge-3/) for the nomination for the 3-day quote Challenge. 

Rules for the challenge:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anywhere, anyone or anything.
  • On each of the three days, nominate three more bloggers to carry on with the fun! No pressure; nominees are free to decline.

Arachnophobia necklace by Beads Academy / Mihaela Georgescu

My nominees are:

Carolina from http://yesterdayafter.com/2016/01/20/the-warrior-necklace/ You’ll love her unique jewelry pieces! 

Nima from https://nimasonti.wordpress.com/ You’ll find inspiration to create! 

Ordinary Woman http://aboutordinarywomen.com/polymer-clay-woodland-candle-holder/ You’ll find beautiful polymer clay tutorials on her site (and she already started the #2016PCchallenge – so we’re on the same page!)

One last thing: I wanted to thank my friend, Gary Gautier, for the book. Anton [my son] loved it!  Thank you, Gary!  http://www.garygautier.com/

Gary Gautier - Spaghetti and Peas

And, finally, the tutorial:

Materials and tools used: scrap clay, red polymer clay, dark blue polymer clay, light brown polymer clay, pasta machine, filigree brass components, liquid polymer clay, a blade, wooden stick, metallic acrylic paint, craft knife, varnish. 

  1. I started by rolling a ball of scrap clay. 


2. I flattened it by pressing on it with a plastic box (any acrylic bloc would do). IMG_4361


3. I am preparing the pieces for the bead. The center part made of polymer clay and the bottom brass filigree component. IMG_4365

I used liquid Fimo to glue the smaller filigree brass component on the top of the flattened bead. 


4. I trimmed around. 


Using liquid Fimo, I glued the resulting cabochon on the larger brass filigree component. 

I like the effect of the colored scrap clay showing through. 

5. I prepared a stripe of polymer clay to make the side of the bead. IMG_4370


I trimmed off the excess. 


I textured the sides using the non-cutting side of the craft knife. 


6. I am adding stripes of blue polymer clay to create a pattern.


I textured them as well.


7. I rolled a log of red polymer clay. 


I cut little pieces and I rolled them between my hands into oval balls. 



8. I created a design and then I pressed down the clay oval beads, using a wooden stick (the clay from the oval beads would stick to the clay showing through the filigree). 



I did that all around and then I decorated the center with blue polymer clay. 


9. Using Liquid Fimo, I attached a crystal rhinestone in the middle.



I pressed on the crystal with the bottom of the craft knife to press it down and capture it between the blue “petals”.

10. For some of the beads, I added bronze metallic acrylic paint for a shinier effect (with my fingers) and then removed the excess paint using baby wipes. I put some on the crystal rhinestone to tone down the color. 



11. Be careful to center the bead to the brass filigree component from the bottom of the bead. 

12. I put them in the oven according to the clay manufacturer’s specifications. 

13. I varnished the petals (especially those painted with acrylic paint). 

As always I’m glad to hear from you and I thank you for reading my posts and for sharing your impressions with me!

My best to you!


Free polymer clay tutorial by Beads Academy/ Mihaela Georgescu https://michellemaya2005.wordpress.com/














    1. Thank you so much for everything! I am very happy that you like my pictures (I am learning all the time how to take better pictures, how to edit them, but I must say that I love this part). My best to you! Mihaela

  1. Beautiful tutorial! Great work! And thank you so much for nominating me for the challenge! I am not sure if I will be able to partecipate since I still not having my new computer set up but I am so honored that you included me thank you very much Mihaela 💕✨💕✨💕✨💕

    1. Thank you, Carolina, for your wonderful words. I am sorry for the problems you had with your laptop. I totally understand that my challenge was not the best proposal in this moment. I sure hope that you will have a working computer very soon and so you will be able to focus all your energy on your amazing art (jewelry, painting and digital art). Best wishes! Mihaela

    1. Thank you so much, Lynz, for your wonderful comments and for your appreciation! You are a wonderful and inspiring woman and cook and I love your blog! Sending you my best thoughts! Mihaela

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