Hollow Bead Form templates

September 4, 2013

Hollow Bead Templates

I may not be the first to use paper shapes as bead armatures but I might be the first to make it so convenient for you!

Click on the links below to open and download the forms. Simply print the PDF on light card stock, cut, punch the holes, score, fold, and tape. The folding is pretty easy to figure out but just in case you have trouble, just match the groupings of black triangles. 

Cover the folded and taped shape with a thin layer of clay and cure. And there you have it...a lightweight form to cover with your favorite veneer. No need to remove the paper from inside the bead.

Need more? Just print more sheets or trace and cut them out.
Want different sizes? Just enlarge or reduce a bit on the copier!

If you have suggestions or questions, let me know. Contact me at artybecca at gmail dot com.

(These are saved in my DropBox folder so it may ask you to approve the link...go ahead and do so. It's safe!)

LongBead.pdf (four sides with tapered ends)
Pyramids
Diamonds (Either three or four sides)
Cubes
Pillows


And thank you to Jan Frame and Cynthia Tinapple who found these other links to shapes galore from various sources:
Pillow

Carol Simmons cane pieces placed on the Long Bead form
2-3/4" long

4-sided Diamond
2" hole to hole (top to bottom)

Long Bead form

49 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing these Rebecca! As I said, genius!!!!!
    Plus your collaboration with Carol Simmons resulted in some of the prettiest beads i've seen.

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  2. Thanks so much! I can't wait to experiment with these templates. Your clay time with Carol must have been so much fun. The beads are fabulous.

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  3. Am definately going to try these - thank you!

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  4. love love love your beads! And what a genius idea -ooh the possibilities :) Thank you for sharing - off to make some paper shapes right now!

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  5. Amazing! Thanks for sharing this technique, Polymer artists are the best! Your pieces are beautiful~ I am now a blog follower too.

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  6. UPMOST BRILLIANT! Thank you so much for sharing, Rebecca!!!

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  7. Thanks for this - ever since I found out about cardboard armatures for bracelets from Vickie Turner of Claymagination, no cornflakes packet is safe in my house - hubby will be dismayed that I have found yet another use for them - all the cornflakes in my house will end up out of their boxes and powdered :)- he will have to eat them double quick to get one that is whole!
    Thanks for the freebie, much appreciated, as are all the tuts on your Flickr pages -
    ArtyBecca Rocks!

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing. Something new to do in front of the tele!

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  9. Thank you so much for these freebies! What a wonderful idea for making hollow beads! I look forward to trying these.
    Marion

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  10. What a fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing and making it easy for us to try, too.

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  11. Rebecca, what a great idea! Love those beads in your post too. One question: what do you use for tape? I'm thinking washi might work, I'm sceptical of cellophane. This will make a great base and lightweight too. Thanks!

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    1. It is the #M Scotch brand satin "gift wrap" tape...very flexible and smooth. I am sure others would work too, however.

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  12. Rebecca, thanks for your generosity! This isn't the first time you have shared your secrets with the rest of the PC world. You and your work are awesome!

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  13. Fabulous idea and results! And fabulous of you to share!

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  14. What a terrific idea. I'll be experimenting later today!

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  15. Rebecca, you are genius! Thank you for sharing this fantastic idea! Love it very much! I used the paper as a reinforcement for thin flat objects, but I have never occurred to me to make three-dimensional forms.

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  16. Thanks for your generosity. (BTW--I'm a HUGE Carol Simmons fan and love what the two of you did together.)

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  17. Wow, these are great! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  18. Thank you so much, for both sharing your technique and the templates! You may not have discovered geometrics, but the templates will save so many people's time.

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  19. Great idea! Thx for taking time to share with us. I'm new to Polymer Clay and I will start learning to make some hollow beads soon (now learning caning). THANK YOU!!

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  20. This is one of those V8 moments when I say "why didn't I think of that?" Thank you for thinking of this and most especially thanks for sharing with us. This is definitely a "pay it forward" item on my list. I will figure out my own art "ta da" item and share with others in order to do my part to keep good vibes and ideas moving forward. You are very gracious. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  21. I've been looking for something like this for a while. Thank you!!

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  22. I've been looking for something like this for a while. Thank you!!

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  23. I like these so much I may have to get back to claying! Thank you for so generously sharing with everyone.

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  24. Thank you so much. I have tried dozens of ways to achieve this effect!

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  25. thank you so much. eti raz, israel.

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  26. Wow! You are brilliant, patient and generous. Thank you so very much. I'm looking forward to playing with some of your shapes.

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  27. Rebecca,

    It was fun to watch the process from start to finish. Thank you for sharing...

    laurie

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  28. Wow what a fabulous idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing the templates, can't wait to have some time to try them out.

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  29. Thank you so much for sharing your splendid idea..

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  30. How very nice of you to share this. It is just Fabulous, Thank You.

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  31. Super nice of you to share your idea as well as the templates. Thank you!

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  32. Thank you, brilliant Rebecca! I love the long bead form and can't wait to try it!

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  33. Really great of you to share your idea, especially the method you used to get there. Sometimes it's so easy to forget simple things we have available for a task, but once we do discover them things then go full steam ahead. So double thanks. One for sharing & one for reminding us to look closer to home. Cheers

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  34. This sure beats making hollow beads with sugar! I can't wait to see everyone's creations!!
    Ladies, thank you very much for the templates & your generosity in sharing with the world!
    Sophia in S.FL.

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  35. Thanks for sharing. Everybody use this geometric forms in the school but nobody has thought about their use with polymer clay. Brilliant!

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  36. Great collaboration of your left brain and right brain to create these templates to cover. I can't wait to see how it evolves!

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  38. This is such an amazing thing you have come up with and what fun! Thanks so much for sharing this idea with us all!

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  39. These are wonderful, can't wait to give it a try. I am a great admirer of your work. Thank you very much for sharing.

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  40. The beads are wonderful!!!!Thank you so much for sharing..... Greetings from Florence (Italy)

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  41. Great idea, thanks for sharing :)

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  42. Thanks so much for your generosity. Your beads are beautiful and I really appreciate your sharing.

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  43. I would like to know what kind of clay you are using. You say to let the clay cure. The clay I have used must be baked--wouldn't the paper catch fire? Love the idea!

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    1. I use Kato. I cover the forms with a thin layer of Kato and cure it. Card stock or index card can go in the oven at the temperature you use to cure the clay without catching fire. They may get a little brown but that's all. Just be sure not to let them touch the heating element...then you'd probably have cause for alarm (ha ha!). Anyhow, with the bead forms, the paper is totally covered with clay so it's really no problem at all.

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  44. Thank you so much for your generosity of spirit.
    I have been trying to figure out when I was going to tackle hollow beads and I guess that time has come. :}

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  45. This is a grand idea I'd like to try but can't download the templates ,I get a message Access to this link has been disabled

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