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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2006 09:13:52 AM »

Ooooo, those are pur-ty!  (They'd almost look like faux rock or gemstone of some kind if the colors were a more toned down... have you tried some of the techniques for faux jade?)   Translucent clay is intriguing stuff, isn't it??

Btw, if you were thinking of these beads when you mentioned getting uniform ones, I can understand!  Medium-long oval shapes can be harder to get the same with than others, though it can be done with a little practice (I think yours look just fine anyway --except for perhaps two which are definitely larger and one is darker too so attention is just drawn to it quicker).  When you start using an equal-volume method before rolling, I think you'll find you'll be doing very well (...remember that the wider the circles in your palm you roll a bead, the more oval it becomes... when you pay attention to that, you'll  begin to get a feel for doing the rotations the same every time, and in the same part of the palm, then a little tweaking on a few beads afterwards if necessary, is all you'll need to do).

Btw, just so no one else gets the wrong idea, holes aren't "poked" into raw clay beads ...they'll distort too much that way even if cooled.  They need to be screwed <no comments please  Cheesy> with a toothpick or skewer or needle, etc. 
However, holes (esp. larger ones) which are put into flatter pieces of clay often can be poked at least a bit, but the "neatest" hole is created by removing a small disk of clay with a drinking straw or small cutter by pressing or slightly twisting it into the clay, then pressing out or blowing out the little bit of clay, or cutting straw tip off to use the straw again --rather than poking the clay then just pushing it aside) (more on that on my Beads-Holes page).

I see your beads are a bit shiny too ... did you use Future (don't like quite shiny enough for Varathane maybe), or did you sand and buff?




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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2006 09:38:23 AM »

I just started using a very tiny drill to drill holes after my beads have been baked. At first it was scary (the stupid thing only has one speed), but the results are great!
Speaking of great results, those beads really are pretty. I will have to try that!
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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2006 03:42:21 AM »


I see your beads are a bit shiny too ... did you use Future (don't like quite shiny enough for Varathane maybe), or did you sand and buff?
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I just sanded and buffed them with automotive sandpaper, working up to 1500 grit but it seems that the camera fibbed a little, the beads do have a slight shine to them, but not as much as the picture would suggest.  The one bead in the middle is intentionally longer because they were made with the intention of being used on a bracelet, but any size difference in any of the others is unintentional.
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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2006 10:23:13 AM »

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My least favorite thing to do is sand and buff a bunch of small beads!  Tongue (actually it's mostly the sanding, since I can buff them on a wire fairly easily with my electric buffer).  If you do many small beads, you may want to look into sanding them in a tumbler, or one of the other electrified short cuts (more info on those on my Sanding-Tumbling page).

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Oh, a glutton for punishment!  Cheesy ....LOLOL.



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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2006 10:54:25 AM »

Adorable! And yeah, for the middles I usually use tinfoil..
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