Materials required:

Step 1:

Condition some black clay.

Step 2: 

Create a bead with flat areas to decorate.

I chose to create a pod shaped bead, using a scrap clay core. I then covered it with a sheet of black Kato polymer clay.

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Step 3: 

Choose the Mylar colour for your bead. 

I tested all mine first on black clay to see what the finished product would look like. (See below.)

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Step 4: 

Using a very sharp pair of scissors, cut the Mylar into whatever shapes you like.  I chose little mosaic-like pieces.

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Step 5: 

Create a thread hole in your bead with a skewer. 

Position your little Mylar pieces straight onto the raw clay.

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Step 6: 

Continue applying the mylar pieces until you’re happy with the finished result.  Smooth them over with a smoothing tool (eg a small acrylic roller or knitting needle).  Bake on a ceramic tile covered with baking paper, following the manufacturer’s instructions for the clay you are using.

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Step 7:

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Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

This is my baked pod bead. 

Note how the Mylar changed colour slightly just around the edges.  This particular colour of Mylar worked this way whereas others didn’t.  Another good reason to do test pieces first so you know what the finished product will look like.

Step 8: 

Position the skewer back into the thread hole and coat with a layer of Kato liquid polyclay.  Cure with a heat gun on low heat until you can see the liquid has firmed but is still milky.  Turn the heat gun to high heat and zap all over quickly until the liquid clay goes from milky to crystal clear.  Repeat this step as many times as you like. (Note: An embossing heat gun does not give as good results as a heat gun from a home improvements store.  It does not get hot enough).

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Step 9:

Pop some eyelets / bead cores into the thread holes to neaten

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This is my finished bead:

I coated it with 3 layers of Kato Liquid Clay which sealed the Mylar on the clay and gave my bead an incredibly smooth and glossy surface.

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HAPPY CLAYING!

– END OF TUTORIAL-

10 thoughts on “Mylar Bead Tutorial by Debbie Crothers

  1. Tracey says:

    Firstly may I say thank you for sharing this tutorial. Can I ask when you insert cocktail sticks back in through the holes then apply kato liquid how do you stop the liquid from curing around the stick in the hole?

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Tracey

      Use a flat brush with fine bristles to apply the Kato Liquid very thinly. Brush away from the holes to prevent a build up of liquid clay there. You can put on as many layers as you like but cure between each. A lot of thin layers works a lot better than a thick layer.

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    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Kelly, There are a number of ways you can bake the bead – suspended on a skewer or bead pin, sit in an accordion folded card or paper, lay on quilt batting. I like to suspend beads using a bead pin and sitting over a tin can or cup.

  3. Jane says:

    I purchased some Mylar a while back and didn’t know how to use it. I thought I had to rub it on like the other Lisa sheets, so all I have to do is cut strips etc and place on the raw clay and bake. Thank you so much Debbie for the tutorial.

    • Susannah Ward says:

      HI Jane,
      Mylar is such an exciting addition to your collection of goodies. No you don’t have to rub it on but you do need to seal it to your surface. Debbie has shared and shown how to use this product very effectively here and we are very grateful Debbie is willing to share such a great little tutorial for our customers. Hope you enjoy the outcome of your creations with this wonderful medium.

  4. Lesley-sue Tydeman says:

    Ooh I bought Mylar off you guys ages ago, I haven’t been able to find where I saw it used again, so now I know! Have to say I’m very excited to using this technique! Thank you lovely women ??? (this includes the wonderful Debbie ??)xx

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