Look on all your recipe cards and in all your recipe books but you won’t likely find one that tells you how to make beads. Beads aren’t really food so why would that recipe be found? It’s not even much of a recipe at that! With only two or three ingredients you don’t even need to write it down. Once you’ve made the bread beads you’ll always remember how to recreate the recipe anytime you want.
Use a disposable bowl and begin tearing bread into tiny pieces. Although the bread doesn’t have to be fresh it shouldn’t be hard, either. Tear it into very small pieces; you’ll need a cup or so unless you want to make a tremendous amount of beads. Instead of bread you can also use canned bread crumbs.
Begin stirring white glue into the bread crumbs. Use a disposable fork or spoon to stir. After the glue is stirred in fairly well, put on disposable gloves, then work the glue in even more. When the mixture becomes thick enough so that you can form a small ball and it will hold its shape you can then stir in paint. Place some of the bread mixture into one bowl or more, depending upon how many colors you want to make. Stir the paint into the bread mixture to tint.
Wooden skewers or toothpicks can help you form the beads to their final shape. With the gloves still on roll the dough into balls. Try to make them all the same size. Now slide the beads onto toothpicks or skewers. To dry the beads you’ll need to set them on stands so this might help you decide whether to use toothpicks or skewers. For example, lay toothpicks over the cups of a muffin tin to keep the beads from being flat on one side. To dry skewers of beads lay them over glasses or bowls.
It takes awhile for the beads to dry even if you help them along with a heat source. If you dry the beads too quickly they’ll often crack so it’s best to allow them to dry naturally in a warm or airy place. When they’re finished, remove them from the skewers, then give them to kids to make assorted jewelry pieces. They’re easy to string using twine or stretchable cord.