Make a Hollow Bead Polymer Clay “Circus” Necklace

Make a Hollow Bead Polymer Clay “Circus” Necklace

Instructor Bio: 
Duration: 
120 minutes

Join polymer clay master artist, Anke Humpert, and learn how to create this fun and festive statement necklace.

Watch Anke close-up and learn her technique for making and designing hollow beads out of polymer clay and assembling them into a colorful, eye-catching necklace!

In this very comprehensive class, Anke guides you through her design process while providing the encouragement to experiment and play with your own ideas to create a necklace that reflects your creativity. In addition, you will learn how to:

  • mix and match custom colors with alcohol inks
  • create your own patterns with and without stencils
  • construct hollow lentil beads (with Anke's secret tool!)
  • distress the surface of your beads
  • assemble your necklace
  • make a beautiful matching clasp 

Anke includes lots of tips, tricks, and ideas throughout each step! This technique is adaptable to many styles. Imagine all the possibilities!

Included in your purchase is a PDF with notes and online resources plus a class video to watch as many times as you like.

No experience necessary.

Please note: the PDF is not a stand-alone instructional booklet.

You can re-watch all your CRAFTCAST purchases as many times as you like.

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Covered In This Class: 
  • Mix and match custom colors with alcohol inks
  • Create your own patterns with and without stencils
  • Construct hollow lentil beads (with Anke's secret tool!)
  • Distress the surface of your beads
  • Assemble your necklace
  • Make a beautiful matching clasp 
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • Polymer clay:4-6 packs Premo Translucent (depending on how many beads you will make for the necklace!)


  • Basic Polymer clay tool box

  • Clay machine
  • Smooth even work surface
  • Blade
  • Acrylic roller
  • Exacto knife or a thin craft knife
  • Small cookie cutters and or Kemper cutters with shapes ( round, squares, stars…..) all kinds of sizes and shapes!
  • Round cookie cutter (2 3/4inch / 7 cm in diameter)
  • Needle tool
  • Bone folder
  • Parchment or deli paper
  • Ruler

  • Alcohol Inks – at least three colors that go well together. I like to use Rangers Adirondack Inks, but that is just my personal preference. I used cranberry, sunshine yellow and stonewashed.
  • Cotton swabs
  • If you have it: Clay Yo! Centering template or any other centering template
  • Bone folder
  • Stencils (at least 3-5 different patterns) I like to use 6x6 Scrapbooking stencils.
  • Acrylic paint gold or another metallic paint
  • Cosmetic sponge wedges (small size!)
  • Kitchen paper towels
  • Small water container
  • Big metal eyelets 1.5 cm
  • Wooden bowls
Bonus: 

Included with the video download, a PDF filled with photos, notes and all the resources you need to get started.