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.
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!
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.
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.
I tried to keep with a theme, so I picked some springy flower canes
Using a razor blade, we cut thin pieces of clay off of the canes
We pressed our thin pieces of clay around a small ball of clay that would become our bead.
We repeated this process several times until we had all of the beads completed!
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.
After adding spacers and stringing our beads, our bracelets were complete!
Such an original idea for a holiday gathering and fun getting together with Mike’s family.