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« on: August 02, 2011 01:36:17 AM »

Can I add seedbeads to Fimo clay to bake in oven as I wanted to make xmas ornaments of Fimo with beads ?
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2011 07:52:10 PM »

You can if the seedbeads are glass.
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2011 05:41:02 AM »

I did this with acrylic beads, too. Some melted, some didn't.
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2011 11:13:36 AM »

Glass won't melt, but if there are any flaws or inclusions, larger beads may crack in the heat.

I do think that polymer clay has some shrinkage/warping with heat curing, so some may fall out and need to be glued back in.  I recently tried a two part epoxy clay called Apoxie Sculpt which air dried in 24 hours and embedded crystals and charms in it - it worked great.
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2011 09:20:42 AM »

As mentioned, glass beads would be fine (and polymer clay, including the brand called Fimo) shrinks so little that it's never even noticed except in very extreme circumstances).
Plastics do soften, burn or melt though, but at different temps depending on the type of plastic they are.  Most non-glass seed beads will work however at the low temps used to cure polymer clay, and especially when embedded into it since then they'll be somewhat protected from excess heat**.
Check out this page at my site for lots of info on using seed beads with polymer clay:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/mixing_media.htm > Seed Beads

(Sorry this is so late; just now seeing it.  If you have more questions about polymer clay, ask them in the Polymer Clay Discussions & Questions sub-board:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=239.0 )

**there are other ways to protect the whole item while baking too... see this page:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm > Darkening, Scorching, Burning (the whole category for different techniques)
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