The kids will love making these bread-clay beads and then showing off their jewellery! And you don’t even have to use the oven as these beads are air dried.
What you need:
- Crusts from 3 slices of white bread
- Craft glue
- Lemon juice
- Cold cream
- Drinking straw
- Mini cutters
- 18-gauge wire
- Beading wire, waxed twine, or dental floss
To make the clay, kids can remove crusts from 3 slices of white bread. Tear bread into small pieces, and place in a bowl.
Add 3 tablespoons of white craft glue and 3 drops of lemon juice. Mix it with your hands (apply cold cream to hands first) until it forms a workable ball.
Add drops of paint to get the color you like; for multicolored beads, make batches of different colors and press gently together. For flat beads, roll or pat clay into a pancake; cut with a drinking straw or mini cutters (blow the beads out of the straw or cutter to keep from mangling them, above left).
Shape spherical beads by hand. Let beads dry 1 1/2 to 2 hours, then make holes: For small holes, string beads onto 18-gauge wire, and leave them there until dry. For big holes, pierce beads with a straw. Let beads dry overnight, and then string.
Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 4 2002