Wednesday, March 17, 2010

How I make beads

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Here is what it looks like when I am making polymer clay beads. This isn't meant to be a tutorial but more a quick look at some of what goes into making polymer clay beads.

Step 1...
pick out canes and blend base color for beads.

Step 2...
cut out and roll base beads

Step 3...
slice paper thin slices of cane and apply to base, roll to smooth.

Step 4...
cut and shape bead caps from base color. Add to beads.

Step 5....
pierce beads with bead pins hang on rack and cure..

Step 6....
when cured sand through 5 grits of sandpaper and buff to a glass like finish.

Yup I know that was a quick run through and some steps were skipped. I promise to do a proper tutorial on bead making soon.

The beads came out pretty nicely. I made a pendant base to go with them and as soon as I get the pendant beaded I'll post photos of the finished necklace.

3 comments:

Sarah said...

"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!!" LOL! Thanks for a peek at the magic!

Ginger said...

LOL Sarah....I like doing work in progress posts and reading them. It's fun to see how things are made.

PolymerClayTutor said...

It's great to see into your process Ginger! It is always fun to see how other artists work. Very pretty beads!