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by Ria van Son, edited by Sunni Bergeron

I am Ria, a lot of you know me only as the Tease Sorceress. I live in the Netherlands in the harbor city, Rotterdam. I am 31 years young and I clay now for about 9 or 10 years . I started out with air drying clays and lately I work more and more with Polymer clays. Most of all, I make dragons and other fantasy figures; but lately I found out that making beads from Polymer Clay is so much fun!

From Sunni: Ria also teaches classes on how to make a variety of things with polymer clay. This is a lesson she cobbled up quickly one evening for your claying enjoyment. This is her first foray into written lessons, and I think she's done a wonderful job! In this lesson, Ria shows you how to make a safety pin bracelet from your favorite beads.


  • At LEAST a dozen safety pins. Depending on the size of the wrist you may use more or less.
  • Twice as many big beads as safety pins
  • About 6-12 beads per safety pin depending on the kind you use.
  • 2 sections of black elastic cord (or the color of your choice) approximately 10 to 12 inches long.

1. Lay all the beads and safety pins out so they are ready for use and so you have a model on how to string them all on the elastic cord.

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You put beads on all the safety pins.

Lay the safety pins so that one beaded side is up and, for the next one, the beaded side is down and keep alternating like this. This way your bracelet is equally wide on the top and bottom. If you want a wide one on just one side, use all the beaded sides up.

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Then you start stringing them on the cord.

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First start with one row.

You do not start with the second row before the first is finished! Or else your beads will be sure fall on the ground and, believe me, cats like beads!!!

When the first row is completed, you can start the second row.

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When this is finished you make a knot in the cords so it will fit you.

And there you are, your own wonderful piece of jewelry!

© October 2000 by Ria van Son and Sunni Bergeron

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