Paper Clay Beads
These paper clay bird beads are a fun and unique way to create your own handmade summer necklace, bracelet or earrings. All you need to have on hand is Paper Clay, Acrylic Paint, Paint Brushes (Medium & Fine Tips), Multi Medium, 20 Gauge Wire, Jewelry Tools and a Stylus.
Mold the paper clay into the size bird you need for your project. Mine range in sizes from 1″ to 1.75″. Theses measurements are from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail. The width measures .5″ and a bit smaller. This measurement is from the top middle of the back to the bottom middle of the belly. Using a Stylus poke a vertical hole all the way through the bird from the belly to the top middle of it’s back. You can also poke a hole horizontally if you wish, that starts at the middle of the chest and goes all the way under the tail.
Once you have the paper clay birds sculpted let each one dry overnight. Using acrylic paint, paint each bird a solid color. Let dry, then using a very fine tipped paint brush paint random designs on the bird. NOTE: using the smallest end on my Stylus is how I painted all the super small white dots. Once the acrylic paint is dry apply several coats of a multi medium to seal the paint. Let dry.
Now you are ready to create your bead by wire wrapping 20 gauge silver wire as shown in the photo below. If you are new to wire wrapping you can find lots of video tutorials online, just Google Search Wire Wrapping.
If this creative play is new to you, give it a try. It’s fun!