Monday, February 28, 2011

Beaded Bowl

We made a beaded bowl today.

We're all about spring pretties in these last (let's hope) cold and gray days of winter.

First we rolled out a 1/2 inch or so thick bit of air-dry clay.

We cut it with a flower cookie cutter, then picked it up and placed it on a piece of plastic, and rolled it out just a bit more, so it would be bigger.

We placed it over a rounded bowl, and put it in the oven on the lowest setting for an hour or a little longer.

When it was somewhat firm, we took it out of the oven, and carefully pried it off of the mold.

We painted our bowl with acrylic paint, and let that dry for a little while.

I got out some small, malleable wire and a needle, and after poking a hole with the needle, I set the wire through the hole.
(Very carefully - the clay isn't dry yet, to allow for easy beading.)

I wrapped the end around the edge of the bowl, and ran the first beads thorough the doubled wire.

We wanted ours not uniform, but sort of breezy and winding, so we didn't string up the beads tightly, but loosely.

We made irregular holes with the needle, and just looped our beads around as we liked.

When we got to the end, we wound the wire around where it began.

Now we just need to let our bowl finish drying for a couple of days!

Cheerful and pretty, I think.


  1. I really like that! might make a few for the flower fairy birthday party we are having for my almost 5 year old :)

  2. I love these bowls that you've been making! I must get some air-dry clay...after the next pay period, that is, sigh (gas prices!!!).

    I might try poking my holes with a straw or skewer before I bake the bowl. Now I'm also imagining jump rings and dangling pretties.

  3. Cute idea. Today we did some quasi-batik dyeing of silks.

  4. Oh, that is SO pretty! You have such wonderful ideas. One of these days I hope to have time to try some of them out... :)

  5. We finally got ourselves some air-dry clay. (I've got lots of the regular kind...for throwing pots.) I hope to do something like this soon. xo

  6. What brand/type of air-dry clay are you using? I am wondering if something similar could be made with a cornstarch/baking soda clay.

  7. michellel-
    I use the Crayola, Hobby Lobby has it, this time I got it at Michael's.

    I played with cornstarch/bakingsoda clay the other day - I really didn't like it. It was much to light and airy for me, and it seemed really crumbly, and I didn't like the way it had cracks and air holes.

    The earth clay is heavy and dense, and I really like the texture.

  8. This is the coolest! I'm going to try this with my little one. We need air dry clay for another project, but just a little bit, so we'll have plenty left over the play with. Thanks for posting this-it came out so pretty!


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