I know there are polymer clay experts out there - I'm not one of them. There's so much you can make with them that it's almost too daunting. But I did a quick easy ornament several months ago and got over my fear of the stuff. So now what?
I came up with the easiest thing to make with clay - balls. Take a ball, squish it a little and poke a hole in it - voila, beads. It was so easy that I didn't take many tutorial pictures for my "how to make a polymer clay bead bracelet" - and the pictures I did take aren't good - oh well. I'll talk you through it.
For the swirl effect, take a couple colors of clay and layer them. Tear them and layer them back together. Do this several times. Then roll into a ball and you should see swirls.
Roll whatever clay you're using (swirl or plain color) into a ball. Flatten slightly. Use a straw to poke a hole through it (remove straw). Bake as directed.
I used a strip of fabric as my "string" and just threaded the beads on. Occasionally I tied a knot inbetween beads for interest. I also tied a knot at each end so the beads won't fall off. That's it! Don't be afraid of polymer clay - this was really easy and the clay is relatively cheap (like a $1.25 for a square of color). And now I've got a fun chunky bracelet:
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