Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Marie-tangle beads part 3 spacers

This is continued from part 2
This tutorial will be for the little black spacer beads in this photo.
you can make these of any color. They are pretty much mindless work, so you can do lots in front of the TV.
I like to have something like that for in the evenings when I am not sitting at my desk and working. Idle hands and all that!
This is definitely the zen part of the whole thing.
Chop wood, carry water kind of work.

You will need:
Cernit Black
Clay machine
5/16" Round Kemper cutter
Knitting needle

Condition and roll out black clay on the thickest setting in the clay machine.
Fold the sheet of clay in half for double the thickness.
Press them together.
Using the 5/16" round cutter cut out rounds.

When you have a bunch cut out, roll the cut outs in to balls.

When you have a bunch of balls, pinch flat. Try to use the same pressure and pinch flat evenly.
They should not be much bigger than the end diameter of the Marie-tangle tube bead.

When you have a bunch of flat pieces, use the knitting needle point to press into the middle of each flat bead.

You can then pick it up and press it in a little further. Just a little, so you can see the end of the needle.

You then take the bead off the needle and put the point through the hole you just made on the opposite side or in the out hole.
This will keep the holes nice.

Do this with the rest of the flats and bake on a piece of card stock or card board, grunge board or chip board.
I use a piece of a box top from a cardboard box we get product in, like I used for the ultra fancy back ground in my necklace shot above and below!!
I love baking on cardboard in my baking trays.

These also make very good beads for children to make.

You can also use different sizes of  round cutters for different size beads.
By using a single sheet of clay you get bead sizes in between.
Gotta love that!! Keeps everything the same size, yet hand rolled and made.


  1. You make this look so easy, thanks for sharing your talent!

    Hugs Lisa

  2. Oh, Marie, thank you for this wonderful tutorial. I have learned so much from it. Thank you.

  3. I enjoyed your tutorial! Thanks for taking the time to share it with us.

  4. Muchas gracias por el tutorial. Besos

  5. Another great tutorial Marie!!!
    Thank you

  6. Marie, you make it look so simple. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  7. You are so welcome Lisa.
    This is a very easy project.

  8. Oh, I am so glad Marlene!!
    I love that when that happens.

  9. Thanks Debbie and you are so welcome.

  10. So that is how you get such evenly shaped spacer beads! Thanks, Marie! Today at my S&B group we all looked at the two pieces I have of yours and discussed them, admired them, admired you, enjoyed them. Thanks Marie, for being you.

  11. marie, i've been absent in these here parts but i wanted to at least stop by and leave you a TSUP! and offer my first of many good wishes for a wonderful holiday. happy to know you ♥

    ps oh this bracelet: quite beautiful!

  12. Gracias por el tutorial, siempre aprendo muchisimo cuando visito tu blog.
    besitos ascension

  13. Another brilliant tutorial! I must tell you that I had my browser open to your blog, and my daughter could not get over how amazing your pieces were. There was a lot of : OMG! How does she -- OMG!

    Thanks for pelting me with snow! HAHAHAHA

  14. Very cool, Marie. Love using decorative spacer beads in my creations. You make this look all SO easy. Thank you for sharing. :) Theresa

  15. This is exactly what I need for a project I'm working on - thank you! I think I will smash the little balls between wax paper so I don't leave fingerprints. Great tutorial!

  16. Thank you! Gloves or saran wrap might be better Kelsey!


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