These are channel beads featuring crystal and clay. They are easy to make and then string on our new Global Chic tapestry cord.
The project begins with our new Global Chic channel beads which are available is several shapes and sizes. We also used Apoxie Sculpt, some diamond back crystals and a Crystal Katana tool.
Following the manufacturer’s instructions I made a small batch of clay. It air cures, so no oven needed.
The “channel” of the bead gives you a perfect place to add clay. The edges keep the clay from protruding out the sides. The wooden tool you see is the Crystal Katana. It makes picking up the crystals easy and fast. You can see in this image how crystals were simply embedded in the clay.
A combination of crystal sizes also helps you to create interesting patterns.
The two finished beads air cured for 24 hours. Then can now be incorporated into other Global Chic designs.
We could also pair these finished beads with some of the Global Chic Geometric Chain. Options are endless. You can switch the color of the clay or crystals to create unique beads that coordinate with any component in this collection.