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« on: June 24, 2010 05:50:17 AM »

I am new to polymer clay and wanted to use it mainly for beads.  I made two batches of beads.  I read or saw online when glazing to just put them on toothpicks to glaze them.  I did and used Sculpey glaze.  When I let it dry, they were stuck to the toothpicks!   So badly, in fact, I could not salvage them. 
What to glaze them on?  I am so devasted about losing my first two tries!   Undecided

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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2010 07:53:08 AM »

I'm super sorry to here that you lost them. That's awful!

I use paper Clips. I  pull the paper clip straight out and make the hook at the bottom. I use Eye Pins, and put the paper clip hook though the eye pin top (Goggle them if you're not sure what they are) and then dip them in the glaze. Once I've dipped them, I get a dixie cup and hang them over to let them dry.

BUT! Since you're making beads, I would suggest buying some really cheap paintbrushes and painting the glaze on just the outside of them. Don't do the inside, because like you've figured out they'll stick.

Hope that Helped. I'll check this thread a little later today in case you have any questions as to what I said  Cheesy


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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2010 08:53:37 AM »

You can glaze them on a toothpick, if you're careful not to drip the glaze.  When I used to make beads as a kid, I'd glaze them on a thin wire, so there was little chance of sticking.
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2010 10:03:16 AM »

Sweetpetunia:  Thanks for the idea of using the paper clips!!  I have done a few charms this will work for!  As for the beads, I could still use the paper clips instead of the toothpicks, if I straighten them out I think.

Blitherypoop: No matter how hard I try, I can seem to keep that glaze from dripping down inside a little.  I like the idea of the wire - as I said above, maybe I can straighten out a paper clip?
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2010 10:45:27 AM »

The wire I used to use was much thinner than a paper clip, and much smaller than the holes in the beads.  Beading wire, or similar.

The best way to keep the glaze from dripping is to brush on only a tiny amount at a time.  It gives you better control and a smoother finish.  Just enough to dampen the brush lightly, not enough to drip or ooze.  They dry quickly and you can do a second or third coat until you get the result you want.
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2010 06:01:04 PM »

You might also want to check out the info on the Finishes page at my site re applying clear finishes to polymer clay items in several ways and with various materials:
For brushing on a polyurethane, e.g., check out the subcategory called Application under the category called Varathane.  Varathane is the most common brand of polyurethane that clayers use for a liquid gloss finish, and if you were using a reasonably new bottle of "Sculpey" finish it was probably the same thing just rebottled. 
Some clayers like to use clear cyanoacrylate floor polishes like Future or Mop 'N Glo instead, which are thinner and can also be applied with a cloth or in one's hands (btw Future has recently been renamed Pledge with Future Shine but everyone still just calls it Future).

And for various ways to apply finishes to polymer clay beads in particular, also check out this page:
...click on the Baking, Suspending, Finishing category

That first page linked to will also have some info on how to salvage your beads. Grin


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