Dried flowers make colorful and decorative home décor items, but you can also use dried flowers to craft distinctive beads. Polymer clay beads are simple to create; cut the clay into any shape that you like with clay cutters to make pendant beads, or make small cabochon-style beads from a clay roll. You can dry any type of flower petals that you like to create a potpourri mix for the beads. If you prefer whole flowers on the beads, dry tiny flower blossoms such as forget me knots. The dried flowers add a natural design element to each of your clay bead creations.
Knead a section of polymer clay the size of a golf ball between your hands to soften it. Flatten the clay as much as possible with the palm of your hand.
Set the pasta machine on the highest setting. Insert one end of the flattened clay through the rollers of the pasta machine. This will cause the clay panel to have a uniform thickness.
Roll the clay panel into a snake. Begin rolling the longest side of the panel. Work the snake roll until the diameter is the desired size for the beads.
Slice the clay snake into beads. The width of each slice equals the depth of the beads. Place the beads onto a tinfoil-covered baking sheet so that one of the flat sides is facing up. Skewer each bead from side to side with a metal skewer. Place the hole in the center of the bead.
Bake the beads in the oven according to the clay manufacturer's directions. Let the beads cool.
Apply a coat of decoupage medium to one side of the clay bead. Place a dried flower into the glue on the bead. Spread more decoupage glue on top of the dried flowers. Let the glue dry.
Follow the directions in step 7 to decoupage dried flowers onto the other side of each bead.