#53217 Mar 14, 2009
Ive been a slacker lately on my beading projects due to the fact that my 11 yr old daughter was in an accident. Shes doing much better but is bed bound for atleast another 4-6 weeks. Ive gotten her hooked on beading but shes getting board and sick of us moving her after she spills them in the bed as shes in traction from a broken pelvis, femur and torn ligaments so moving isnt something she wants to do. Anyways she was reading in my b&b magazine about making clay beads. so Acmoore had a sale on clay and I picked some up. I know it needs to be baked but didnt know if anyone new of any sites to learn more about it and also how to keep it somewhat on the cheaper side for now. Shes in the hospital and when shes out she will have been in for 2 months meaning I have only been working part time as shes needed me and lack of people to sit with her. Thank you for any advice you might be able to offer and any ideas are greatly appreciated by us both as she is getting so bored.
Hope everyone is having a happy and healthy weekend
Kolleen and Tayler (daughter)
#53244 Mar 15, 2009
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#53251 Mar 15, 2009
Hi! I hope your daughter is improving. Another idea for bead spills -
I use trays, often the throw-away plastic ones from TV dinners. The
divided ones will hold three or four different beads for a project.
They help reduce spills.
I use Fimo soft clay, and like the other lady said, I wait 'til it's on
sale at Joann or Michaels. However, a half dozen 2 oz cubes, which are
usually about $2.50 each, would make a bunch of beads. I would suggest,
if you can, getting the bead rollers. Especially the ones with several
different sizes/shapes. They make wonderful, uniform bead shapes quite
easily. The clay does need to be conditioned, and a pasta machine is by
far the easiest way to do it. She may have a time with it, though,
because I'm not sure how she would operate the crank handle, being in
traction. Anyway, catch them on sale or check Craig's List for your
area. Maybe someone has one to get rid of. The clay needs to be baked,
usually at about 265 degrees (each clay tells you on the package) for
typically 30 minutes. It is best not to use an oven that will be used
for food later, so you may also need to invest in a small craft oven.
Amaco makes one specifically for clay, and it is fairly inexpensive.
Perhaps you could use a coupon to get it from one of the craft stores.
They also make a small bead baking tray that is worth it's weight in
gold. It has slots to hang the beads while they bake, and little
skewers to put holes in the beads as well as hanging them during baking.
I'd be glad to share more information, but offlist would probably be
better, so you can email me directly if you like. There are many clay
sites online with plenty of information that you could just print out
without having to buy books. Try especially www.sculpey.com and
daughter! Polymer clay is loads of fun, and there are so many creative
things you can do with it.
Sally in Las Vegas
#53253 Mar 15, 2009
Kolleen I am sorry to hear about your daughter's accident. I wish her a speedy recovery. I know something about being off your feet and boredom!! I have fibromyalgia and have learned to adapt to beading with a disability.
Using a cookie sheet with sides and a piece of Vellus blanket or the "waffle" type shelf lining will keep your beads from rolling around and spilling in your lap. When she is tired the cookie sheet can be set aside until she feels better.
Polymer clay is a great medium and the website you were directed to earlier is a great resource. You might also search DIY and HGTV for projects.
Another source for fun beads and findings is to go to your local charity shop (Goodwill,Salvation Army, etc). They sometimes have bags of jewelry that can be taken apart and repurposed. I think an 11 year old could come up with some cool repurposed jewelry. Feel free to email me off board for questions as I would like to help you. I have adapted my techniques to make it easier with my disability and some might help you out. Best wishes to you and your daughter!
#53257 Mar 15, 2009
Hi Kolleen and Tayler!
I also make polymer clay beads. There are so many things to do with polymer clay...I definitely think it will keep you both busy!
Here are a couple of websites to check out:
polymer clay tutor:
I also have a couple polymer clay tutorials on my blog:
#53277 Mar 16, 2009
You definitely should use a separate oven for curing (baking) poly clay. I got a fairly inexpensive one from Walmart and an oven thermometer. The reason for the thermometer is that you can't really trust the temp dial on the oven and you have to take into consideration how it warms up. For instance, if I set mine to 275 degrees, it goes all the way up to 350 before it starts cooling down. So, using the thermometer, I've learned that I have to wait twenty minutes before I put my clay in there.
You don't want to use your home oven for clay because, as it bakes, it's releasing plastisizers that will adhere to the walls of your oven. Poly clay isn't really toxic but it will impart that odor, as taste, into the foods you cook later. Poly clay is made from PVC polymers. Once the plastisizers have adhered to the oven, you will not be able to clean it thoroughly.
And if you think this craft is expensive, you should bite into Chain Maille. LOL
I buy my clay by the brick (12.5 ozs.) from BostonClayWorks.com and thePolyClayStore.com.
Nell> Marjorie wrote:
#53297 Mar 16, 2009
There are also several Yahoo Groups dedicated to polymer clay. Clay-Polymer is one of them