Thursday, July 4, 2013
Making Beads With Polymer Clay
Using polymer clay beads to create wonderful home is the easiest way to start making jewelry, whether it is for personal use or if you want to start a business. The possibilities are endless, with each color, shade, shape and size possible. You can make as many pearls as you like, for any use. If you want to add a bit 'of interest to a bracelet you already own or you want to create a pair of earrings for a birthday present. When you create the beads, you must first decide what shape you want, what size they should be and what they are to be used for. The final color and pattern can be decided while you make them, which is the fun part! Having children taking part is also a great way to discover new projects and you get the whole family involved and help make everything you are doing really special. You will not need much equipment, just an oven, a bit 'of polymer clay, a pan, some tools and cut your clay, you can find clay tools dedicated to online suppliers. I do not even have to get your hands dirty. You can choose to wear latex gloves to be sure not to make much mess. The most popular forms beads have the ball, oval and disc, but you can also make a diamond, cone, globe or any other shape you can imagine. You can get the profiles hands for a more organic to the beads or you can use beads-rollers that will shape the clay for you so that it looks more professional. You can make a hole in each ball using a toothpick, or professional tools for this purpose can be found online, but be sure to measure the width or necklace, bracelet and so that the beads are going to be attached to.
Be sure not to forget this step. Once the clay is baked, it hardens and if you do not tip, you will not be able to make a hole through the bead. You must not use typical precious metals such as silver and gold, you can use leather, rope and other materials to thread the beads on. A simple leather bracelet decorated with a pair of pearl bracelet would be a great friendship and a great gift for a special friend. After you have created your beads you need to bake polymer clay is not as dry. Different types of clay cook at different temperatures for different durations so always check the instructions and guidelines. Place the beads on a baking sheet and be sure that none of the beads touch. Closely monitor the cooking time to ensure the beads do not burn and once done, remove from oven and leave to cool the beads properly. Once the beads have dried, you'll finish them off. This means cleaning and polishing them so they sparkle and seem of good quality. They paint with a small brush will also give a great achievement, but be sure to use sandpaper or even an old toothbrush on them to make them smooth and clean. Once the paint is dry you can feel free to build your own bracelet or earrings and show the world how creative and talented you are. You will have friends and family asking where you got that incredible necklace in no time.