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1301-2 Peru
Peruvian Bead Necklace

Designed by Kristin Ball

Design beautiful clay beads to create a fun necklace.

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range:  1 to 6

Skill Level:  Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Social Studies
Language Arts e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts

Time Needed for Project:
1 hour plus drying time.

Main supplies:

  • Rexlace® - black, red or desired colors
  • Elmer’s® Painters® Opaque Markers
  • ACTIVA® Activ-Clay™ - White
  • Small wood beads-optional


Basic Supplies:

  • Bamboo skewer
  • Waxed paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil


  1. Cover work surface with waxed paper.
  2. Pull off a small amount of Activ-Clay about the size of a walnut.  Roll in your hands to form ball or cylinder.  Use a finger dipped in water to smooth the sides and ends if needed.
  3. To create a hole, carefully insert the bamboo skewer through the bead twisting to make a hole slightly larger than the skewer.  Create two notches on the opposite side of the cup then place the skewer in the notches.  Let clay dry – drying time will be determined by weather and humidity.  Keep turning the skewer several times so it doesn’t dry to the clay.  Remove from the skewer when dry.
  4. Use a pencil to lightly draw on desired design.
  5. Prep Painters Opaque Markers according to manufacturer’s instructions. Use the markers to paint in sections on the bead. Paint on all colors then outline sections with black.  Set aside to dry.
  6. Cut a length of Rexlace to the desired length of your necklace.  Fold in half and tie a knot with the ends. Then, tie another knot-create a bigger one so as not to go through hole of the bead.  Thread on some of the wood beads then the clay bead.  Cut the lacing at the fold and tie a knot to hold the beads in place.  Tie ends together to form a necklace.  

Sponsored by ACTIVA

Sponsored by Elmer’s® Products, Inc.

Sponsored By Pepperell Crafts


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