Vid #77: Here’s 7 quick tips for applying unbaked polymer clay cane slices to your round shaped Fimo base beads:
1) Cool the raw canes before slicing them with your sharp cutting blade.
2) Cut your slices as thin as possible. They will blend into the surface of the bead easier with less distortion.
3) Soft pliable cane slices will smooth onto beads much easier than hard and brittle ones. If the cane slice is super firm, warming it between your fingers or palms can work to soften it up.
4) Partial slices can be worked into backgrounds so don’t throw them away.
5) If you like to use cornstarch as a method for preventing fingerprints, then hold off until after you have added the cane slices to your bead. Cornstarch can keep the slices from sticking to the base bead.
6) After you have placed the slices on the raw bead, roll in your palm until there are no more ridges along the cane edges. If you leave those creases in they will by much harder to sand out later.
7) Let the bead “rest” before piercing it with a hole in order to minimize distortion of the bead shape.
If you would like to learn more about how to slice Fimo canes, here’s an article that may be helpful for you: Clay Cane Slicing Techniques for Polymer Clay Jewelry Bead Making
Adding raw Fimo clay cane slices to unbaked round beads is a fun and rewarding technique to learn. If you have any questions about this topic, please do use the comments section below. I’m here to help.
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The full version of the “Cane Slice Bead“ preview video shown above, is available for purchase at my Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-006 Back Issue Package.
In this video tutorial I walk you through all the steps of applying unbaked cane slice beads to unbacked beads. Topics discussed include:
- How thick to make your cane slices.
- Some design ideas for placing your canes on your bead.
- Dimensional vs non dimensional options.
- Piercing the hole.
- And baking.