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Topic: tutorial: creating hollow bead forms using sugar  (Read 31080 times)
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« on: February 22, 2013 09:40:29 AM »

i had been wanting to make big polymer clay beads for a while. this was my first attempt  Smiley 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 Smiley. 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 Smiley
if anything seems unclear please dont hesitate to ask  Smiley


« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2013 10:36:53 AM »

Wow -- this is amazing!  I've never made beads or used polymer clay before.  Your thumbnail photo really caught my eye on the homepage.  Lovely!!!
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2013 12:52:00 PM »

Very clever and it is a beautiful bead
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2013 03:25:36 PM »

very clear tutorial. How thick is the polymer clay?

That's an impressive bead!
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2013 12:11:29 AM »

thank you  Smiley

very clear tutorial. How thick is the polymer clay?

the sugar is covered with a sheet of thin/medium scap clay (setting 5 on my pasta machine but it only has 7 settings so if yours has more you may have to experiment) i find thinner sheets are easier to cover the core with than thick ones
the outer covering is the first setting on my pasta machine (- a tad for sanding) so its probably 3-4mm thick. if you are concerned about the strength you could use one of the stronger clays (i used fimo soft but fimo classic is stronger) or you could use thicker sheets of scrap clay to cover

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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2013 08:41:53 PM »

this is just amazing.  Thank you for sharing how to do it! 

« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2013 06:41:56 AM »

Amazing!  Cheesy Love the bead, I can think of tons of uses for this, my problem, I would not be able to wait for it to dry.  Shocked LOL
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2013 07:32:37 PM »

That is super-neat! I love the sugar-idea (and the bead is pretty too!) Congratulations on being featured!
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2013 09:26:46 PM »

Thanks. I'm thinking this technique is so cool.
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2013 07:26:35 AM »

This is bloody brilliant! And you work is flawless and beautiful as always =)

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