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Make professional looking Pandora style beads with a little help from some polymer clay and metal eyelets.

If you are not familiar with Pandora jewelry, they are basically the grown up’s version of a charm bracelet you may have had as a child. You can collect charms to add to your bracelet to represent different memories or milestones. The Pandora team says is a little more eloquently on their website:

Charms for bracelets signify special memories. With Pandora charms, memories captured in beautiful 14k gold, sterling silver, and two-tone pieces will evoke that special moment. Remember memories elegantly with a Pandora charm.

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If you’ve got some cash burning a hole in your pocket, Pandora charms are a lovely way to spend it, since they range from $30-$440 per charm. But if you’re a little more thrifty like me and don’t care about having fancy gold or silver beads, a little polymer clay will certainly allow you to create a very unique bead to add to your collection, or give away to friends.

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I spotted this great little tutorial by, Daria from Dariami over on the Russian Team on Etsy blog. Click over to get the full how-to!

Still want a bit of bling in your bead? Try incorporating some inexpensive crafting crystals before you bake your clay. Get creative and experiment with what you have on hand. You will definitely make something that can’t be bought in a store!