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« on: May 20, 2006 02:58:46 AM »

Hi, for a swap I am in or thinking about doing (so no one knows Tongue)

Im not sure if this should be here or not....

I want to  make a clay "thing" (i cant say cause they might know what its for....)

But, I was wondering... say if it was a "bead" could I bake it with a head pin rolled inside so I can have something to hang it off of..Huh

or... would I have to put it in and then take it out and bake, then glue it in... again.... wouldnt it shrink a little..??

Sorry, I tried searching for this... but, I couldnt find anything...


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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2006 09:53:37 AM »

say if it was a "bead" could I bake it with a head pin rolled inside so I can have something to hang it off of..
or... would I have to put it in and then take it out and bake, then glue it in... again.... wouldnt it shrink a little..??

There are various ways to do this, partly depending on what kind of hole you want.
(first though, polymer clay doesn't shrink like air-dry clays do so you don't have to worry about that part).

If you want to simply insert an eye pin, for example, into a bead or a pendant, etc., you can cut it to the length you want, then:
...press it in, bake in clay, remove after baking and glue back in with superglue
...bend the shank a bit like a Z with pliers, press it into the clay, snug clay back around bent shank, bake

You can also screw in a tiny eye screw... no glue necessary.

You can also put in what I call Top Loops of various kinds instead of an eye pin.
One way is to make a U-shape from something like a cut-off paperclip end, then insert it into the clay the same ways as above (...btw, if you use a plastic-covered paperclip in a bright color, the coating will actually bond to the clay so it doesn't have to be removed and reglued after baking).

There are also "bail" possibilites from clay or purchased.

However, if you want to run an eye pin or head pin loosely through a larger hole in the clay (and have it exit the other side), you can create your hole before baking by screwing a toothpick, skewer, etc., through the clay (or after baking if you want, with a drill bit)... bake... and later run your pin (or wire, creating the eye loop yourself) through the hole.

Or you can cut out a hole (from back to front ) of a pendant or the top of a bead (by screwing through with a drinking straw or coffee stirrer straw to remove clay and create a hole), then after baking  pass cording or a large jump ring through the hole.

(There are also other ways of creating "hanger thingies" for beads or pendants, etc.... for example, putting a clay or metal tube across the top of or on both sides of a pendant, then running cording through the tubes after baking --or tying a knot in the cording ends to act as a stop if you've attached the tubes vertically).

For more info on all these ways, look on these pages at my glassattic.com website:

and maybe also: http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/wire.htm

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/jewelry.htm (more on Connectors)


P.S.  Why don't you ask future polymer questions in the Polymer Clay Board thread of the New Boards area?   I think most of those will be moved to the new polymer board if/when we get it (see link under my signature).


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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2006 09:00:39 AM »

I only bake my beads on headpins....makes a daintier hole then toothpicks, skewers and the like. I use them like ornament hangers, stick em through the bead, put a little hook on em....hang em off my toaster oven's shelf, never worry 'bout flat spots that way!

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