New 2014 Sculpey Clay Bead Baking Rack Review

Sculpey Bead Baking RackVideo #557: A very compact polymer clay bead backing rack… perfect if you don’t have a lot of space for storing bulky tools.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Sculpey Clay Bead Baking Rack.
  • Mentioned it before in the Sculpey Storage Update video.
  • Hard to tell what it is from the packaging, so I thought I’d show you how it works.
  • Basically is a triangular metal rack with notches down the length of it… plus 12 bead piercing pins.
  • The Piercing pins are very sharp and about the size of an 18 gauge wire.
  • You add the beads to the wires and then set the ends of the wires into the notches of the rack.
  • Design is very compact.
  • I find the bead wires fall off the rack too easily.
  • I do actually prefer using the Amaco Bead Rack with my Sugru Hack which prevents the pins from slipping off the rack.
  • However, I still do use my Sculpey Bead Baking rack a lot because, it is sitting close by in my Sculpey Tool Organizer.
  • The Sculpey Clay Bead Baking Rack is good for baking larger beads!

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  1. Marion Rayner, 12 August, 2014

    Hi Cindy – I agree with you, I’d stick to the Amaco bead rack. This one looks very ungainly, plus with all the pins on it’s too wide to fit into my toaster oven. Reluctant to use it in our domestic oven because it’s much bigger, it’s gas and costs a lot to heat the large area, so I stick to my little oven which is perfect. Grateful to you for showing us both the cons as well as the pros!

  2. Marianne O., 12 August, 2014

    Hi Cindy,
    I was wondering, could the sugru not work on this rack too??? I know you have already asked that question yourself. Is it worth a try, or have you tried and not been successful? Please enlighten me,
    Thank You,

  3. Cindy Lietz, 13 August, 2014

    Hi Marianne, Sugru might work, but the holes are a lot bigger and there really isn’t much support underneath where the pins go. I did throw that idea around, but didn’t want to waste my tiny bit of Sugru I have left, when I have a perfectly good Amaco Rack with the Sugru already. Nice to see you were thinking about that fix.

  4. Pattw W, 15 August, 2014

    Thanks Cindy, we are all such visual learners , that this was very helpful. Especially for space constraints, this would work well.

    Being as I already have a bead rack, probably won’t buy this one. But for those who are just getting started, this would do nicely.

  5. Barb Brooks, 29 October, 2014

    What adhesive should I use to adhere small pieces to glass? The clay is a small but critical element of a larger glass piece so I don’t want to encase the glass, just add it to the surface in a particular spot..

    Thanks, I just started You Tubing during this last rough winter and now I’m hooked, especially to your Polymer Clay Tutor Channel. Thanks for making my life better :)

  6. Cindy Lietz, 04 November, 2014

    Thanks Barb! You’ll want to use something that is clear, so it doesn’t show too much through the glass. E6000 or a 2 part epoxy will probably be your best bet. Let us know how it goes!

  7. Beth Seaward, 11 November, 2014

    I am new to polymer clay and I understand you can use Premo clay in the same project as Kato liquid clay. But, in reading the curing directions, the Premo is 275 F and the Kato liquid is 300F. Do you under-bake the liquid clay, bake it longer, or what? If I bake the Premo hotter wouldn’t I be risking burning it?

    Thanks for your help! I have subscribed to your videos and have picked up lots of invaluable pointers without having to go the trial and error route–a time saver, clay saver, AND a frustration saver! Your advise is wonderful!

  8. Cindy Lietz, 14 November, 2014

    Hi Beth,that is a great question! Bump up the heat a touch to 280F,make sure that it is protected underneath with some layers of cardstock and protected on top by tenting it. Then bake for the full hour. If the Kato Liquid isn’t as clear as you would like it to be, then use a heat gun (carefully) to heat the liquid a little hotter while avoiding the Premo. Hope that helps!

  9. Doreen Neilley, 27 May, 2015

    I just found this idea on Pinterest, for holding beads for baking on piercing pins, when you don’t have a rack.

    Basically, the person used 2 bulldog clips (those metal ones with legs that you squeeze together to open the bent metal clip part). They set them upside down on the legs and put the pins or skewers into the bent metal clip part.

    Hope that this makes baking a bit easier for someone!

    Happy claying.

  10. Jocelyn C, 28 May, 2015

    Excellent idea, Doreen. Thanks for the share!

  11. elaine faulks, 28 May, 2015

    Hi Cindy,
    I like the look of the Sculpey bead rack and after reading Doreen N’s comment about using bulldog clips to bake on got me thinking. My stationery shop sells mini bulldog clips. Might be an idea to clip one of these to very end of pin after you have past the notch in the rack. I looked for my bead stopper clips but they have plastic on them, so we need someone to invent a removable clip (all metal). I like the idea that the pins are bigger as well as longer, so will be buying the mini bulldog clips before I purchase on of these compact baking triangles.

    Well done to Sculpey for another idea, but think I will wait for the Mark II version which no doubt they would have figured this out
    Another idea is to use earring stoppers (the all metal ones I think they are called butterflies) not the ones with a plastic disc. I will probably embedd a few spare earring backs in polymer clay and try this idea, so they can be picked up easier and spotted when dropped. Now where is my glow-in-the-dark polymer clay?…..cheers…xx

  12. Cindy Lietz, 28 May, 2015

    Let us know Elaine how your bead rack ‘hacks’ go… always interested in different approaches to things. Just so you know the Sculpey pins in this set are too big for earring backs. Most earrings are around a 20 gauge wire and these bead pins are more like 16 gauge… which as far as wire goes… quite a bit bigger. I like the glow in the dark idea… great for finding when you drop the pins behind your desk! :)

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