Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bread Clay Beads - Great Kids Craft!

All you need to make these are a couple of pieces of bread, white glue, glycerin, acrylic or tempera paint, and an acrylic sealer.   This craft is super fun, affordable, and simple.  I promise next time I post a craft for you I will go with something more gender neutral...remember I have 3 nieces :)

Beads How-To

To make the clay, kids can remove crusts from 3 slices of white bread. Tear bread into small pieces, and place in a bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of white craft glue and 3 drops of lemon juice. Mix it with your hands (apply cold cream to hands first) until it forms a workable ball. Add drops of paint to get the color you like; for multicolored beads, make batches of different colors and press gently together. For flat beads, roll or pat clay into a pancake; cut with a drinking straw or mini cutters (blow the beads out of the straw or cutter to keep from mangling them, above left). Shape spherical beads by hand. Let beads dry 1 1/2 to 2 hours, then make holes: For small holes, string beads onto 18-gauge wire, and leave them there until dry. For big holes, pierce beads with a straw. Let beads dry overnight, and then string

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