Amaco Bead Baking Rack – A Must Have Polymer Clay Tool

Amaco Bead Baking Rack

Vid #012: The Amaco Professional Bead Rack – It’s Good for So Much More than Just Baking Beads:

Although this tool is designed to fit into most polymer clay ovens for baking beads, it has a variety of other uses too.

You can use it to support your beads while applying liquid finishes after the baking process is complete.

You can use if for cutting canes by running your cutting blade along the vertical edges of the bead rack as a guide. The Amaco rack also has 45 degree grooves for cutting canes at an angle.

And finally, the piece of plexiglas or acrylic sheet that comes with the Professional Amaco Bead Baking Rack can be used on its own for rolling all sorts of clay logs, tube beads and swirly lentils.

By the way, all bead racks come with wire pins to pierce through your unbaked beads. These pins then rest on the edges of the bead rack which allows the beads to be suspended during the baking process. Don’t let these pins sit in water or stay wet for too long. They will rust!

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The full version of the “Amaco Bead Rack” preview video shown above, is included in my Polymer Clay Bead Making Fundamentals Course [SEE Video #12 of 39]. Next to the pasta machine, my bead rack is one of the polymer clay tools I use most. In this video I demonstrate and explain it’s various uses.

  1. Cindy Lietz, 14 April, 2008

    See how to bake a boat-load of beads using this AMACO rack here:
    Polymer Clay Baking Instructions

    And if you want to see how to use the acrylic sheet that comes with the AMACO Bead Rack for rolling snakes and lentil beads, have a look at these videos:
    Polymer Clay Lentil Beads – Making Them Can Be Very Addictive
    Rolling Polymer Clay – What They Never Taught You in Kindergarten 

    Cindy’s last blog post..Finishing Polymer Clay Beads with Future Floor Polish – Makes ’em Shine

  2. Lindy, 02 August, 2008

    Lol! The rust comment sounds like experience talking.
    Thanks for the warning.

  3. Cindy Lietz, 04 August, 2008

    You are so right! I always seem to learn things the hard way!

    Cindy Lietz’s last blog post..Faux Turquoise Jewelry Bracelet – Polymer Clay Bead Making Projects

  4. Susan B, 11 August, 2010

    I would like to buy some new pins for my AMACO rack and was wondering if anyone has found a supplier who sells the pins without the rack? Many thanks.

  5. Jocelyn, 11 August, 2010

    @Susan B: Sue, try for needles that are the same dimension, and I also found that my old turkey pins work on it. The turkey pins are cheap and replacable at any kitchenware isle.

  6. Cindy Lietz, 11 August, 2010

    @Susan B: I love Jocelyn’s idea for the turkey baster pins though they are thicker than the bead piercing pins that come with the rack. You can also order extra pins directly from Amaco if you want more the same size. They aren’t too expensive at around $5.75 for 50. Go to for more info.

  7. Susan B, 11 August, 2010

    @Cindy Lietz from Polymer Clay Tutorial – Embedded Links: Will take a look at the Amaco website many thanks.
    @Jocelyn: I also like your turkey pin suggestion but I don’ think they will be easy to find in Italy! I will also check out Firemountaingems. Thanks.

  8. Jocelyn, 11 August, 2010

    Good luck, Sue. Also check their head pin collection, some of them are super long, and cheap!

  9. Taylor W, 26 November, 2018

    Hey there, so I’ve been trying to find this Amaco Bead Rack but haven’t found it and even the main website it is supposed to be from came up with an error. Did it get discontinued? I’ve noticed a lot of articles that talk about bead racks having the name crossed out. Very weird, I currently use the Sculpey Bead Baking rack and it works but is a little tedious sometimes.

  10. Cindy Lietz, 27 November, 2018

    Hi Taylor, that is weird! I just started checking around and it does look like the Amaco ones are not for sale anymore. I would send you to the Lucy Clay ones, but they are discontinuing those as well. You could make one yourself, but that too would be a little tedious… I’ll keep looking around and see what I can find for you.

  11. Maria Casey, 20 December, 2018

    Did you try this site for the rack?
    Party Supply Factory

  12. Cindy Lietz, 27 December, 2018

    Thanks Maria! It looks like they may still have some of the racks. I have never heard of that site, so thanks for passing that along!

  13. John Martin, 24 December, 2018

    Cindy,Hello I am brand new to PCT and have trouble leaving a comment,as I am NOT computer savvy.I do follow your site but have trouble finding some of the items you talk about.Do you have a book out yet if not you should .I want to see if this goes through.

  14. Cindy Lietz, 27 December, 2018

    Hi John, I know what you mean about this site being tricky… we are currently building a new website that should make doing searches much easier. And as far as a book goes, we are not working on one of those at the moment. Too many things on our plate as it is. Good news though, your comment went through so you should be able to get the answers you need in the future. Thanks for dropping by!

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