DIY Party

She Beads Girls Holiday Outing

December 18, 2015

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One of my favorite parts about Christmas is spending time with family and friends new and old.  This year, I was delighted when my boyfriends mom invited me to her holiday gathering at She Beads, a hand-rolled clay bead studio and shop in Wilmette, IL.

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We each brought an appetizer and beverage to share.  I whipped up a Spa Mask Taco Dip that turned out to be a hit and so yummy!

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After we had a cocktail and did some snacking, our instructor gave us a tour, gave us the background of SheBeads and showed us the fun things that we could make during the duration of our party.
We were able to choose between a bracelet, a wrist keychain, or a few variations of necklaces, ranging from $45-$95.

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To start, we were instructed to pick out 6 “canes” of clay (below).  Each cane was carefully crafted in their studio completely out of clay- no paint!  The task of picking out 6 designs out of thousands took us awhile!  For the most part the canes were organized by color, but we also had the decision of using a single design for each bead, or each of our designs for a “collage” type bead.image

I tried to keep with a theme, so I picked some springy flower canes

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Using a razor blade, we cut thin pieces of clay off of the canes

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We pressed our thin pieces of clay around a small ball of clay that would become our bead.

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We repeated this process several times until we had all of the beads completed!

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We then poked holes in our beads so that we were able to string them to make a bracelet.  We stuck them on skewers and popped them in the oven to bake–this made them harden as well as waterproof.

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After adding spacers and stringing our beads, our bracelets were complete!

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Such an original idea for a holiday gathering and fun getting together with Mike’s family.

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Learn more about SheBeads here and shop their pre-made bracelets here.

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