i usually use spray enamel but in the heat wave that we have going on here in boston, they get sticky ....i wonder how m.p. would hold up?
... you may be getting a double
-whammy for making your baked clay sticky. "Enamel," though not a technical term, usually
indicates a petroleum-based solvent and those will dissolve polymer clay (it can take up to six months to show up though, and starts by just making it feel sticky).
And sprays can be good or bad... some acrylic sprays which would normally be fine, aren't, because the propellant in the spray has the bad type of solvent in it.
If you want to check out some of the safe finishes (including some sprays) to use on polymer clay, a bunch are listed on this page:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm
...oh, and you can use Modge Podge if you want (or any white glue that's not "washable"), but you may want to thin those down a bit for best clarity and evenness.
The only downside of chunky beads (especially these) is that they're SO HEAVY.
ffancypantss, have you thought of using a lightweight core under your larger beads to keep them from being heavy? There are lots of possibilities... for example, scrunched aluminum foil, completely dry
paper clay of some type (Celluclay, Creative PaperClay), bits of polystyrene ("Styrofoam") from peanuts or packing material, and one famous clayer even used ping pong balls to make some killer earrings (very
Other things could be used too, and there's even a new clay just put out by Polyform (Sculpey) called Ultralight which could work, I guess. If you want to make holes all the way through beads like that, you may have to take that into consideration structure-wise for which core you choose (or you could just use an embedded eyepin in each side instead of putting something all the way through), or you can even make the beads hollow
in various ways... if you're interested in seeing some ways to make hollow beads, look on this page:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/beads.htm
(...click on Hollow
, then scroll down to the area beginning with "Lentil beads"... there's at least one lesson there on making round ones using a glass marble, or was it a ball bearing?, as a form)
So don't let size hold you back!
GlassAttic....polymer clay "encyclopedia" http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
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