These Harlequin pattern beads were super easy. I don't have photos of the process, but what do you expect? It's a free tutorial! (These instructions presume you have basic knowledge about working with polymer clay.)
Here's how to make the Harlequin beads:
- Grab the scrap pieces from your work table. Add some gold to the mix if there isn't some already and roll it in a ball. (I say you can never go wrong with gold!)
- Flatten the ball until it will go through the pasta machine on level 1. Fold and roll the clay several times until you have a pretty, watercolor-like mix of colors on your sheet.
- Slice the sheet into squares (I don't measure...I just eyeball it.)
- Condition a sheet of black clay; roll into a long cylinder.
- Randomly choose the colored squares and press them onto the cylinder in a diamond pattern. Align the squares point-to-point so the base black alternates with the colors. (I pressed 4 colored squares around my cylinder and kept going until my squares of scrap were gone.)
- After the cylinder is covered. roll it a few times to work the tiles into the base. Slice the cylinder into segments, cutting so each is two diamonds long.
- Roll the segments in various ways to make the shape you like.
- If you want to add texture, etch lines by rolling the threads of a big bolt on the surface. You can make parallel or random, crisscrossed lines.
- Brush a light layer of black pearlex powder over the whole bead.
- Sand to remove the surface powder, leaving it only in the etched lines.
- Finish the beads to whatever level of gloss you prefer.