Black Calla Lily Pendant

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 in Our Green Version | 9 comments

The photograph in Acacia’s latest catalog of black matte onyx pendant and pearls is what triggered my new addiction to polymer clay.  I had to make it with paper beads!  I don’t know if I want to spend the $49.00 I’m sure it is all worth it but I thought I can make it using black fimo clay.


I used Japanese origami paper and cut it into 1/4 inch by 8 inch strips


I strung a 3mm swarovski on a head pin and the paper bead then connect them to a chain.


The calla lily is my first attempt with polymer clay, I made a mistake of not sanding it, I can see smudges of my thumbprints on it, I will do better next time.  For now, I’m happy with the result.



  1. Wow! I think it’s time to get out the clay. These are fabulous!

  2. Gorgeous……..

  3. Wow, the calla as well as the beads are stunning!
    We’d love to meet you on our facebook fanpage – it would be great if you became a fan, too, and showed your artworks to all other FIMO fans on our page.

    Hope to meet you soon and best regards from STAEDTLER headquarters in Germany, Yvonne

  4. I am always amazed at your creativity. I had the Acacia catalog already in my pile of papers for beads (the pages have beautiful colors). I never even noticed the pendant. I guess that is what makes you come up with all these wonderful projects. You notice things that other people go right past. It’s absolutely beautiful.

  5. Gorgeous, Janice!

  6. this is nice! i made some paper beads accessories also how can i share it?

  7. Very nice 🙂

  8. Wow! You are so talented. This is absolutely beautiful.
    I want to make some large round beads. Can you tell me the size of paper strips I need to cut?
    Thank you for the help.

    • Hi Linda,

      For a large round bead, you need to experiment. Start out with 1/2 inch at the base and maybe 22-24 inches long or longer, depending on the thickness of the paper. To make a really long strip just go pages together. Good luck! Janice