Vid #113: What on Earth To Do With Scrap Clay – Make Some Outer Space Beads:
How would you like to quickly and easily transform your leftover clay into the coolest looking beads that are out of this world? Well this weeks Jupiter Bead Tutorial will teach you how. All that’s required is some multicolored scraps of clay and an extruder gun.
What I love about making these Jupiter planet beads is that you don’t have to worry about all your clay scraps being the same consistency. In fact, you actually want INconsistency… Different brands; Contrasting colors; Crumbly clay; Mushy bits; Hard stuff; Freshly conditioned trimmings; Dried out pieces; Mixing experiments gone wrong; Distorted cane ends; Wonky cane slices; Etc.; Etc.
This means that never again, will you have to wonder what on earth to do with your growing Fimo-Premo-Sculpey-Studio-Kato scrap pile. All you’ll have to do is grab the old extruder clay gun and make some space age beauties like the Jupiter beads pictured above. Or perhaps your’s will turn out looking more like Saturn or Neptune.
By the way, this planet bead idea is not my own. I came across it a couple of years ago and have seen it done by other polymer clay artists too. I think it was on a French blog originally, but for the life of me can’t figure out which one… even though I searched through every French blog listed in my RSS reader. If anyone can recall who first came up with this idea, please do post a comment to give credit where credit is due.
A full video tutorial for this Jupiter Bead technique will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday, July 3rd, 2009 [Volume 014-1]. However, you can watch a sneak peek intro clip right now, by scrolling down the page a bit.
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The full version of the “Jupiter Beads” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at my Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-014 Back Issue Package.
The following topics are covered in this “Jupiter Beads” video:
- Transforming scrap polymer clay into designer quality beads.
- Yet another cool idea for using your handy dandy clay extruder gun.
- How to use up your most dried out and crumbly cane pieces that are no longer usable as canes.
- Why you want to make sure that your scrap clay pieces are NOT all the same consistency.
- Tips on how to hold your hands when rolling large round beads that are almost perfectly circular.
- How to remove the creases and ridges to create a super smooth bead surface that looks like the swirly surface of an outer space landscape.
- Piercing, sanding and polishing instructions so your Jupiter planet beads end up with a glassy professional looking finish.