I’m Carolyn from homework. Johnnie is away for a few days enjoying some time with family and I was thrilled when she asked me to share a project with you. This is a fun craft that can be adapted for little kids or made more sophisticated for grown up jewelry.Can you guess what they are?
Faux Stone Bracelets from Salt Dough
These faux stone beads are made from salt dough. This is another project that has been on my list to make for quite awhile and I was really happy with the results.
These bracelets are the inspiration. I wear these a lot! The blue bracelet is turquoise and I’m not sure what type of stone the white bracelet is.
I love these bracelets. They’re easy to throw on since they’re on stretchy jewelry cord and their chunky size and variegated tones make a nice statement.
I started by making some salt dough beads. I don’t have a picture of the beads before I painted them but here’s the recipe I used:
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1-1/2 cups cold water
Note: I cut the recipe in half and had more than enough dough to make a lot of beads.
Thoroughly mix the flour and salt together. Add the water and mix well. Knead the mixture for ten to fifteen minutes. Shape your beads and make a hole with a wooden skewer. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours or until they are completely dry and hardened.
Tip: The holes on most of my beads closed up during the baking process. I may try baking them on a piece of wire or the skewer next time I make these.
Once the beads were cooled, I started painting them with the craft paints. I used two coats of Martha Stewart High Gloss in Wedding Cake for the white and while the white paint was still wet added Metallic Sterling for the accent. The trick is to just dab on the silver color and swirl it slightly. Dry your beads on toothpicks. Once they are completely dry, finish with a coat of clear gloss sealer.
And here they are… my favorite bracelets; turquoise, white stone and salt dough.
I hope you enjoyed the project I shared here today. Stop by and visit me anytime at homework