Fimo beads are made from different materials such as polymer clay. This is a special type of clay that is referred to as fimo and are created from plasticizer chemical and PVC plastic that makes the clay easy to mold and soft until the time it is cured.
This kind of clay can be fired from a home setting without need for a special kiln. The fimo beads come in numerous colors and shapes as well as designs including the cylindrical, square and round shaped fimo beads.
The beads are very popular among the youth due to the attractive colors and designs. Making these beads is relatively easy once the necessary materials are gathered.
- Get the ball or slices of the polymer clay from big block of the desired color and knead it thoroughly using the hands to make it pliable and soft. This process also makes the ball of clay warm and easy to mold.
- Where the colors desired are many and different within the same block of clay, add the different colors by twisting them together to a shape similar to that of a candle stick and make them into a ball and knead until the colors are mixed properly.
- Flatten the clay on a flat surface using a rolling pin. This also helps to remove any air bubbles that could still be trapped in the clay.
- Divide the clay into balls of equal size. The size should be preferably being as big as a penny. Creativity can be added in the shapes made to include shapes such as oval shaped beads, oblongs, squares and round shapes. As more shapes are made it becomes easier to make more complex designs. The shaping should be done using the hands or a glass plate.
- Take one ball at a time and make holes on them to allow a string to go through them when making the fimo beads chains and bracelets.
- Take the bead and place it at the tip of a skewer that is made of wood to make the holes at the center of the bead. Rotate the skewer gently like a drill to pierce through the piece of clay. Repeat this process for each of the beads.
- Pass a needle or a crocheting needle through the beads and pass a string through them to hang them on a tin that is hollow for drying. In this way the beads retain their original shapes.
- Put the wet beads in the kiln and set a temperature of about 2650 F.
Allow the beads time to harden. The fimo beads are now ready for making bracelets, pendants and chains.