Vid #47: When Making Lentil Beads, Here’s Why You Should Only Roll Them in One Direction:
Making Polymer Clay Lentil Beads by hand is one of the most addictive and fun beading or jewelry making techniques you can learn. This uniquely shaped bead is often referred to as a swirly bead because of the way the polymer clay colors spiral together during the rolling process. They can be used to make very elegant bracelets and earrings.
Remember to always roll your lentil beads in only one direction. If you switch directions, the beautiful swirly pattern will unswirl and become all muddled. Referring to them as “muddled beads” just doesn’t have the same ring now does it :-).
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The full version of the “Lentil Beads“ preview video shown above, is available for purchase at my Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-001 Back Issue Package.
Although the lentil bead design is pretty simple, it does take some practice to get the technique right for rolling them by hand. The topics covered in this “Lentil Swirly Beads” video include:
- Using the plexiglas acrylic sheet from the Amaco Professional Bead Rack for rolling polymer clay lentil bead shapes by hand.
- No plexiglas… no problem. You can improvise with a clear plastic CD ROM case.
- Where and how to hold your fingers so that your lentil beads turn out perfect every time.
- Applying the right pressure so that your round lentil beads don’t turn into ovals.
- Modifying the lentil bead rolling technique to create bicone beads instead.