the Maureen Carlson Studio

Story Beads Supply List
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Suggested Tools Supplies needed for class


* Paring knife or utility knife

* Wire cutters

* Scissors

* Pliers, needle nose and flat nose

* Knitting needles in a variety of sizes, including one that is a size 6, 7 or 8

* Darning needles and/or sewing needles with an eye that is large enough for threading your fibers through

* Small brushes of good quality (no loose bristles) in these  approximate sizes: liner (size 0 or 1), round brushes (sizes 2 and 10), a flat or filbert (sizes 4 and 8)

* Brush that you can use for Liquid Polymer Clay (Liquid Sculpey is what Maureen will be using.)

*Sharp needle tool

* Ruler

* A selection of rubber stamps, texture sheets, mark-making tools (Two or three will do ...)

* Favorite sculpting tools

* A pasta machine for clay (optional)

* Oven that can be used for  polymer clay

* Pan for baking

* Oven hot pads

Other Useful Things to Have Nearby

* Paper towels or clean cloth

* Container for water

* Pencil and paper

* Hand cleaner

Sea glass
The beads above were made with translucent polymer clay to which embossing powders were added.

 POLYMER CLAY: two packages each of 4 of your favorite colors of polymer clay (small 2 to 3-ounce size). An optional choice instead of using colored clay would be to use white and translucent polymer clay, then to add color with alcohol inks, paints, powders and inclusions.if

Note: Maureen will be using Premo Polymer Clay. Also, see note, below, about current shortages in polymer clay supplies.

OPTIONAL: If you have a stash of polymer clay patterns such as millefiori canes or mokume Gane stacks, bring them along. They may end up fitting into your story theme. 

LIQUID POLYMER CLAY (LIQUID SCULPEY or brand of your choice)

BEADS: glass, metal, stone, paper beads that may fit your color scheme or theme

SMALL FOUND OBJECTS that have symbolic or personal meaning, including small pieces of driftwood, tiny wooden spools, charms

FIBERS for NECKLACE: Choose 5 of your favorite yarns, ribbons or fibers, then bring at least 3 yards of each

THREAD: one or two spools that match the colors of your fibers

ALCOHOL INK: 2 or 3 colors (Optional. Maureen will demonstrate the use of alcohol inks for coloring polymer clay but you don't have to include this technique.) 

ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL: 91% (70 % is OK if you can't get the 91%)

ACRYLIC PAINT: colors that match at least a few of your fibers

Maureenís sample necklace has a nature theme. What will your theme be? What story are you telling?

The animal charms, pictured below, were made with translucent polymer clay to which embossing powders and spices were added.
animal charms

NOTE: There is currently a shortage of some of the polymer clays on the market, especially white. Note that prices may widely vary, but buy from a reputable source. You don't want old, hard clay! Check on the supply at


A Word About Ovens
 (for polymer clay users)
Your home oven is fine to use if you are a beginner or for occasional use. but have on hand a covered pan, either foil or a roaster pan, in which you can place your clay to keep excess fumes from going into your oven or the room. Baking tips will be covered in class.
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