Topics Covered In This Video:
- Small round beads can be a big pain to sand by hand, so a rock polisher can help out by polishing your beads while you do something else… like make more beads.
- In one of my previous tutorials about Rock Tumblers and Polymer Clay, I demonstrated how to use unpolished river rock as the substrate for polishing polymer beads. Since then I started using a new plastic material in 3 different grits.
- The plastic substrate can be purchased at Otto Frei (coarse, medium, fine).
- How-to tips for this new substrate with polymer clay beads.
- Final step in the process uses small porcelain balls as a polishing/buffing substrate to get a nice soft sheen.
- I use a Lortone 3lb capacity Rotary Rock Tumbler/Polisher.
- Rock tumbling won’t remove larger flaws such as fingerprints or deep scratches, but it will create a smooth and lightly polished surface on your polymer clay beads.
- The information I share in the video can be used with any shaped bead, including sculpted ones. But they must be able to handle being tumbled around for several hours. Always test first, to see how your beads will fair.
- Don’t pack the barrel of the tumbler too tight. The beads, water and substrate need room to move around.
Question of the Day:
Do you use a rock tumbler to polish your round polymer clay beads? Or do you prefer using other methods?
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