Want Better Beads that Look More Professional? Then Don’t Ignore these Simple Basics:
Little things can sometimes make all the difference in the world! Today’s post provides you with 5 polymer clay bead making tips to always keep in mind:
1) Wash your hands before working with clay. Even when your hands look clean, there still may be bits of oil, dirt and lint embedded in the little cracks and crevices of your skin. Clay seems to grab onto anything. Just roll a ball of white clay in your hands without washing first. You’ll be able to see all kinds of flecks and things in the clay.
2) Wipe down your tools and work surface with rubbing alcohol or baby wipes before you make anything with your clay. You can use the baby wipes to clean off clay from your hands as well, in between colors.
3) Use a high grit (600 grit or higher) sandpaper to sand your bead piercing wires regularly. Gunk, like old clay, varnish and rust, builds up and needs to be removed in order for the pins to slide nicely into the bead when your making bead holes.
4) Rub cornstarch on your bead piercing pins to help the pin go in the raw clay and avoid distorting the bead.
5) Clean your oven regularly. Dirty ovens will definitely discolor your beads. In another article, I wrote about how to use bleach to clean beads that have been already been baked in a dirty oven. Here is the link: Dirty Polymer Clay Ovens
Are you consistently doing all of the 5 suggestions above? What other tricks and tips do you practice that make your polymer clay bead life easier? Please do share your thoughts in the comments section below.