How to Make Hair Jewelry for Locks

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How to Make Hair Jewelry for Locks
You can decorate dreadlocks with handmade beads. (man with dreadlocks image by nutech21 from

Dreadlocks, also known as "locks" or "locs" or "dreads," is a hairstyle in which the hair is knotted permanently into thick ropes. Dreadlocks may be worn for spiritual reasons or for fashion or convenience, depending on the individual or the culture. A popular way to decorate dreadlocks is to thread hair jewellery, usually large-holed beads--onto an individual lock. You can find beads at a local craft store, or use polymer clay to create your own customised, colourful dreadlocks jewellery at home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Polymer clay in desired colour
  • Aluminium foil
  • Drinking straw
  • Chopstick
  • Oven
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Kitchen tap water, or bowl of cool filtered water
  • Paper towels

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  1. 1

    Lay out a sheet of aluminium foil to cover your work surface.

  2. 2

    Pinch off a piece of polymer clay approximately the size of a quarter.

  3. 3

    Work the polymer clay in your hands until it becomes soft and pliable.

  4. 4

    Roll clay into a ball.

  5. 5

    Use the drinking straw to poke a hole through the ball to form the centre of the bead.

  6. 6

    Check the size of the hole. Polymer clay does not shrink that much, so the hole will be about the same size after baking. If it is too small to fit one of your dreads through, gently widen the hole with the chopstick.

  7. 7

    Bake the bead on the aluminium foil, following manufacturer's directions about time and temperature.

  8. 8

    Allow bead to completely cool.

  9. 9

    Gently sand off any rough areas or fingerprints from the surface of the bead using the fine grit sandpaper. Sand under running water from a tap or while submerged in a bowl of cool water.

  10. 10

    Dry bead with paper towel and thread onto a dreadlock.

Tips and warnings

  • Swirl together different colours of clay to form a marbleised effect or use smaller balls or coils pressed onto the surface to form patterns.

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