Vid #67: Are you still polishing polymer clay by hand? Kick it up a notch and learn how to use the Dremel power tool:
There is nothing like using a power rotary machine to really bring a shine to your beads. Although polishing can be done by hand, the process of buffing polymer clay is just that much easier and quicker when you use a rotary Dremel.
With any rotary tool such as the dremel multi pro, safety is very important. Loose clothes and hair can be tangled quickly so make sure they are out of the way before you buff your beads.
Buffing is done only after your beads are well sanded. Just like painting a wall without filling the holes will make the flaws show even more… polishing a bead that hasn’t been properly sanded first, will accentuate nasty fingerprints and scratches. So be sure to sand first.
Also you will find that each brand of clay will polish to varying levels of shine. For example Premo and Fimo will get a high shine, whereas Sculpey III never gets past a matte finish no matter how much you buff.
Even if you are going to coat a bead with a final shiny finish such as Future Floor Finish or Varathane, always sand and buff your beads before doing so. This will remove any flaws; give the bead or pendant a nice feel; and make the gloss slide smoothly onto the surface.
Many polymer clay artists will use their dremel to buff in between coats of Future to give it an extra super duper shine. With enough care, you can make your beads and pendants look like glass if you follow these instructions.
For another article about using the Dremel Multipro, click on this link… Buffing Polymer Clay Beads. A Dremel rotary tool will definitely help take your beads from Ho-Hum to Wow-Wee!
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The full version of the “Dremel Buffing“ preview video shown above, is available for purchase at my Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-004 Back Issue Package.
In this “Buffing with a Dremel Tool” video tutorial I show, demonstrate and discuss:
- How to use the dremel rotary tool to polish and buff your polymer clay beads.
- Using different rotary speed settings for different projects.
- Tips to prevent the buffing wheel from grinding instead of polishing.
- Holding beads on a piercing wire while using the Dremel Tool.
- How different polymer clay brands end up with different levels of shine.
- The special properties of translucent clay.