i had been wanting to make big polymer clay beads for a while. this was my first attempt
it measures just over 4.5cm in length and about 4cm in width
a good way to use your molds for clay work without having to worry about anything leaching from the clay. i used to make these sugar shapes as a child and because the sugar simply dissolves in water i thought it would be ideal to use as a hollow bead core
step one: you can use any candy/chocolate mold for this or here, im using a Ravioli tray
. oil the mold with a little vegtable oil.
step 2: mix your sugar. fine sugar such as caster sugar works better than granulated. add water a little at a time and mix until the mixture resembles damp sand. you will need approximatly 2 cups of sugar for every 4 teaspoons of water
step 3: pack the sugar mix into the mold firmly
step 4: smooth the top with a knife blade or similar
place in a warm dry place to harden. small shapes like this should harden in a few days. these took 4-5 days but larger shapes may take longer. when dry release from mold.
step 6: mix a little caster sugar with water to form a thick syrup (sorry i dont know the exact amounts of each for this as i just went for it )
step 7: use the mix to glue the half shapes together. dont use to much, you dont want it running out of the join. be sure your hands are perfectly dry when hadleing the sugar otherwise it will start to crumble and distort.
place back in a warm dry place for a few days (i left these for 2-3 days)
step 8: cover the sugar form with scrap clay. i used a small circular cutter to form holes at each end. bake
step 9: either run the bead under warm running water or soak it for 20 minutes or so then rinse. the sugar syrup dissolves slower than the other sugar mix so if you used a lot of it i recomend soaking.
cover as desired
if anything seems unclear please dont hesitate to ask