Tutorial: No-Mold Polymer Skull Beads

The weekend was so nice.  The boys played outside and the hubby worked on his bike, right outside a very close window.  I was able to get some happy crafting time in while watching and listening to the business of my guys. The laughing, tools and toys clinking, yelling, and singing. It all fueling my creative and content mood. Such a nice change from the crazy non-stop schedule we’ve had lately.

I was tooling around with the idea of making a bracelet with skull beads.  Had none, but did have some polymer clay.  Perfect.   Hopped on the internet for some instruction but only found ones using a mold (great one here).  Didn’t have that either and didn’t want to make one.  Decided on just making them as simply and quickly as possible.  Here is what I did.

You need a bit of white polymer clay, a pencil (with broken tip), a large sewing needle, black paint and a very fine paint brush.   The pencil is the most important tool – make special note of broken tip shape.


1. Take a pinch of clay.  2. Roll into a ball.  3. Pinch end to made pear shape.


4-7.  Take handy-dandy broken pencil and press into clay making a big indention for the each eye and a smaller one for the nose.

8-10.   Use the tip of the pencil to create a teethy smile.

11.  Using  a needle, carefully poke hole into head (note evil laugh – a must for making skulls).


12. When all faces are smiling up at you, bake ’em at 275 degrees for 5 minutes (I tried 9 minutes first and burned the whole batch. 5 minutes worked much better for me, but baking time may vary).  Allow to cool.


13-15.  Carefully paint eyes, nose and mouth with very fine paint brush.  Let dry.

Now, go make something really cool with them.

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26 Responses to Tutorial: No-Mold Polymer Skull Beads

  1. Jessica says:

    What an awesome tutorial Regina! This looks like a lot of fun and work. Well worth it for an adorable skull bracelet though.

  2. Karyn says:

    I think I need to try this, thanks!

  3. Andie says:

    These are damn cute! So cute, I will have to make my non-crafty self to do these. Where do you get the clay? Any craft store?


  4. Heather says:

    Once again your crafty genius wows! =) You should make more for your etsy shop… cause I want one!!!

  5. HildeC says:

    Great beads and a great tutorial 🙂

  6. Aunt Jenny says:

    You really were doing the “mwah ha ha” while you were making this, weren’t you? I love this bracelet – looks like it was fun to make and it would be even more fun to wear!
    Love ya sista:)

  7. The broken pencil is a great idea for getting the haggard eyes and scraggly teeth! Its a nice idea to sand the beads before painting to remove fingerprints. I like the idea of you doing the Mwah Ha Ha while making them… so much more spooky that way! Great bracelet!

  8. Lorri Courtney says:

    That is a really great idea – how fun! I’m going to make some.

  9. Heather says:

    Congrats on the link from Craft:!!!!! You go girl! =D

  10. Wow incredible. I love that necklace. hummmm you should do a giveaway just kiding I would love to win it. But I probably wouldn’t win anyways. Have a great day and great work

  11. amy says:

    these are SO cool, Regina! if not this year, we’ll definitely make them next year.

  12. It looks so easy!! And the bracelet is so cute!! Kind of strange saying skulls are cute. . .but it is!

  13. Taryn says:

    Those turned out cute. I’ve got to quit looking at cute things because I just don’t have the time to keep adding to my ‘want’ to do list. :0)

  14. Bea says:

    Very nice Regina….I will definitely try making some different shapes with it. cannot see myslf with skulls on 🙂

  15. Glenda says:

    Those skull beads are just too neat! Love simple things that look cool.

  16. Anonymous says:

    what a brilliant idea 🙂

  17. I LOVE these beads, can’t wait to get my hands on some polymer clay. I’d have no problem wearing them year-round. Just one question: Do you happen to know of any online stores that have a good deal on it? I can never seem to manage a trip to the brick and mortar stores with my babe in tow. She’s developed a hatred for shopping carts.

  18. contrariwise says:

    How cute are those! I think they’re chanelling Jack Skellington.

    I only wish I had spotted your tutorial earlier, then I could have made them well before Halloween.

  19. ana fernández says:

    Wow!! congratulations!! it’s really amazing. You’re such a genious. All these things are so nice and so original that I think I’ll try to do some.
    Thank you very much for sharing this with us. Please, keep on doing it!!
    (sorry about my english but I’m spanish)

  20. kittee says:

    this is such a fun tutorial. i love your pictures. so well done, so entertaining and inspiring. thanks!!


  21. tugba says:

    bunun türkce anlatılısı yokmu yha .. o beyaz seyler sakızmı?:)=

  22. Kathryn says:

    Awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  23. deandre says:

    i can not make my ball into a pear shape

  24. Lynn says:

    This is absolutely wonderful!!! I was looking for something to make as party favors for my friend’s birthday which is on The Day of the Dead. Thanks for the idea and for sharing!!

  25. Lynda says:

    merciiiiiii merci merci !!!
    c’est tres tres gentil a vous ce tuto est fabuleu!!!!!

  26. jet says:

    this is a smart an cool creepy idea. Like it. thank you for the great tute and the sharing, i think i will give it a try.XD

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