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HandMade Beads

One of the toughest things to do during the winter (aside from shoveling snow, heating your home, etc) is finding fun indoors with your kids.  Modeling clay is a fantastic remedy for those winter doldrums for youngsters and adults alike.  The possibilities are endless and so are the levels of creativity that can arise from a lump of clay.

So one cold, snowy day last week, during the holiday break from school, my daughter and I rolled up our sleeves and stuck our hands into some soft, modeling clay.  My daughter had found something online to make BFF (Best Friends Forever) necklaces, but that required buying several crafting objects we just couldn’t find.  So, we decided to make our own beads and improvise!

Taking natural modeling clay, like this

we rolled small and large pieces, flattened them, shaped them, mashed them, cut them with precision with a scraper, and used the end of a paint brush to carefully create the thread hole in each bead.

After creating all our beads, we let them dry and harden.  Then we used Rust-Oleum spray paint, gloss finish, to color and seal them.  Once painted thoroughly, we could then add more details with Sharpie pens, acrylic paints, stickers and whatever we desired!

In the end, it was a great day spent indoors, full of imagination, creativity and fun.  The great thing is, you can make whatever you want with clay – beads, cars, towers, rockets, flowers, bowls, vases, cups, mugs, people, buildings, paperweights, decorative objects – whatever!  Not to mention, you can create some great gifts to give to friends and family!

And even better – it’s an easy clean up with warm water and a sponge!

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