Kids Craft Jewellery
Im to Jewellery as a magpie is to shiny things. I like making my own jewellery but the small pieces and the small beads arent really child friendly or cat friendly, i dare you to try to stop your cats from playing with those beads!
So here is one child friendly idea to make jewellery with your kids.
Bread Clay Dough
This recipe makes a durable and very pliable clay that can be colored vibrantly. This clay is particularly good for making items that will get heavy use, like beads and playing pieces for games. All you do is mix white glue into shredded white bread and add color with a bit of paint.
This recipe makes enough dough to make beads for a necklace and a bracelet or a set of game pieces for a board game. It’s easy to make more clay by just doubling or tripling the recipe.
3 slices of white bread
2 tablespoons (30 ml) white glue (Elmer’s, PVA)
Bowl or empty plastic container
Zipper sandwich bags
Optional: Disposable gloves, wax paper, lemon juice, drinking straw, toothpick, needle, polymer clay cutters
How to Make Bread Clay
Read all of the directions before starting.
Remove the crusts from the slices of white bread. Tear the bread into very small pieces and place into a bowl. It’s important to use white bread to make a white base for other colors.
Add the glue to the bread a little at a time while mixing with a spoon and then your hands.
This is a bit messy and you may prefer to wear gloves, but the final clay is well worth the effort and the mess. The bread and glue mixture will come together into a ball as you mix. Continue to knead until the clay becomes smooth and pliable. Add more glue if the clay is crumbly and add more bread if the clay is tacky.
(optional) To add a nice smell and prevent the clay from going sour, add a few drops of lemon juice. If you use the clay immediately, the lemon isn’t needed.
For colored clay, knead a few drops of paint into the clay. Knead thoroughly to get an even colored clay. If you are making beads or game pieces for a game like Pachisi, divide the white clay into four balls and color each ball a different color.
Store clay in a zipper bag until ready to use. If the clay feels a bit crumbly after storage, knead in a few drops of water to make it smooth and pliable again.
To make beads: Pat or roll out the dough to a thickness of about ¼”. Use a drinking straw, plastic caps or polymer clay cutters to cut beads like those pictured. To make round beads, first roll the clay into a snake and cut off even segments. Roll the clay into balls between the palms of your hands.
Use a toothpick or a needle to make a holes in the beads for stringing. Let the beads air dry in a warm place for a few hours or overnight.
Tip: The small pendants are cut from rolled dough using a plastic cap with the string hole cut using a drinking straw
To make game pieces: Bread clay is ideal for making playing pieces for board games like Pachisi. The clay is easily tinted in vibrant colors and items made with bread clay are durable and won’t shatter when dropped.
Use your hands to shape games pieces in the desired shape and size. To ensure that all the pieces are the same size, roll the clay into a snake and cut off even segments. Let the game pieces dry for a 1 or 2 before using.