Rolling Polymer Clay – What They Never Taught You in Kindergarten

Rolling Polymer Clay

Vid #022: Rolling Polymer Clay Logs Evenly By Hand:

In kindergarten you probably learned how to roll playdoh logs using your fingers and finger tips. That’s fine if you want a log that has ripples or ridges all the way down the length of it.

But for making polymer clay beads, you’ll want a nice smooth and even log with a consistent diameter. So instead of rolling the clay under your fingers, angle the hand slightly and use the wide flat surface of your palm.

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The full version of the “Making Clay Logs” preview video shown above, is included in my Polymer Clay Bead Making Fundamentals Course[SEE Video #22 of 39].What’s even better than using your palm to roll polymer clay logs is to use a see-through sheet of acrylic plastic or plexiglas. In this video I demonstrate how to hold the plexiglas sheet to get good results every time.

  1. Kim, 27 March, 2008

    I just love your site! I also do a lot of beading, but have never worked with clay to make beads.

  2. Cindy Lietz, 30 March, 2008

    Hi Kim – Thanks for dropping by. You should try using polymer clay to make some focal beads for you other beading projects. It’s very fun.

    Cindy Lietz’s last blog post..Polymer Clay Lentil Beads – Making Them Can Be Very Addictive!

  3. France Stewart, 18 July, 2008

    Hi Cindy! You left a question on my blog. The beauty of weaving wire is that you work it while you’re weaving, so there is no need to hammer it at all! The silver bracelet is quite sturdy, when you weave it comes out straight, and by the time you’ve shaped it, it’s quite hard. The copper one is even harder. I used craft wire, maybe other wires would need to be hammered… I did however flatten the weave with those pliers with the nylon jaws… as per the book! HTH :)

  4. Cindy Lietz, 18 July, 2008

    France – Thank you so much for your answer to my question. There are some many ways that wire and polymer clay can be combined and I loved your bracelets!

  5. France Stewart, 19 July, 2008

    I can’t wait to find some time to try some of your colour recipes!!

  6. Cindy Lietz, 20 July, 2008

    DO let me know how you like them France!

  7. Lani King, 21 July, 2008

    I always hope to see an email from you when I check my emails. Keep those videos acomin’.

  8. Cindy Lietz, 22 July, 2008

    I will Lani… I will keep the videos coming :)

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