How to Make Professional Jewelry Beads With Cold Porcelain Clay

Many lamp work bead artists use glass to make their beautiful bead creations but did you know that you can make gorgeous handmade beads with cold porcelain clay?
Here is a quick tutorial on how to make gorgeous handmade beads with cold porcelain clay.
First choose the colors you would like to work with. I love mixing bright colors with metallic or gold colors for a special kind of pop. First make sure to condition each color of clay properly to eliminate air bubbles and to reduce cracking. To condition your clay means to knead it or work the clay with your hands. Some people use a pasta machine to help flatten and knead the clay but only do this if the clay is firm because if the clay is very soft it may get stuck in the machine.
Next you can take a piece of clay and start rolling it into a ball. You can also take two small pieces of clay and lightly mix them together to get a color swirl. Once you’re done getting a very nice round shape you can place the ball of clay on a piece of foil to dry. Some artist may create the hold in the bead before it dries but sometimes it’s best to do it when it is half dried just to prevent distorting the bead. Once the bead is half dried and you make the hole that you want you can let it finish drying.
When it has fully dried you can sand paint or varnish the bead. You can also add embelishments to your bead to get the lamp work effect on your beads.  After you’ve painted or added any thing you desire you can next varnish your bead with a waterproof varnish and or gloss and let dry. When finished not only is your bead durable but also very gorgeous and can be used to make some of the most gorgeous pieces of jewelry.  If you are a professional bead maker who makes lots of beads at a time and can’t wait for cold porcelain clay to dry you can purchase a dehydrator.  This will allow you to dry a large amount of beads in a faster time. you can also dry larger clay pieces in the dehydrator and leave it running overnight. It works great.  The great advantage in using cold porcelain clay to make beads is that cold porcelain clay can immatate just about any kind of medium. it can look like glass, ceramic, porcelain plastic, metal and more! If you can’t afford glass lamp work beads you can make your own faux glass lamp work beads with cold porcelain clay. I sure hope this mini info tutorial helps with your many bead creation. To check out our clay and other craft items you can visit us at
Stacie Laurell Crafts

Happy Crafting!
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3 thoughts on “How to Make Professional Jewelry Beads With Cold Porcelain Clay

  1. Those are beautiful beads. I love the glass look. My cold porcelain beads usually look like plastic, sometimes like clay, depending on which recipe I use.

    I don’t understand the recommendation to condition the cold porcelain by kneading and working it. Cold porcelain dried out very quickly and the more you work it, the drier it gets, which leads to more cracks. At least, that has always been my experience, so I handle it as little as possible. Also, putting holes in the beads after they have already started to dry seems like it would cause them to crack, but maybe I will give it a try and see.

    Are you using homemade CP, or commercially prepared?

    • Hi Laura,
      We make and sell our own cold porcelain clay. Our recipe is a bit different from other recipes listed on the internet so the recommendations for use applies to Stacie Laurell Crafts brand of cold porcelain clay. We also sell clay conditioning lotion to help replenish the moisture of the clay and also delay the drying out time allowing you more time to work with the clay. When I put holes in the beads 24 hrs after it has dried ( not fully dried by then sometimes) it does not crack at all. I use a bead reamer or bead rods to create the holes and i’ve never had an issue with cracking. Hope this was helpful and sorry for the delay in response as we have not been active on our blog like we should. we hope to change that now 🙂

      Stacie Laurell Crafts

    • Hi,
      The clay I use is my own Stacie Laurell Crafts. We use the original recipe and add our own additional ingredients. So we recommend for our users of our clay to properly condition the clay. We also sell clay conditioning lotion that works for all cold types of cold porcelain clay. The conditioning lotion helps to not only condition the clay but also slow down the drying out process and replenish the moisture. We find that conditioning your clay before use yields better results. 🙂

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