Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Scrap Beads

Haven’t made many beads throughout my short polymer clay journey, so I thought I’d remedy that today. As most polymer clay artist know you end up with a rather large amount of scrap clay and you know the old saying waste not want not.

So I gathered together some scrap clay and went to town and here are the results about to go in the oven.




I don't have one of those fancy bead trays (would love one though) so I improvised with bamboo skewers and binder clips. It worked a treat.



I’m dreading all the sanding though.  Maybe that’s why I haven’t made many beads!


  1. The beads really look wonderful! You might be able to save time sanding by getting a rock tumbler machine and polishing them in that first. I think that a final buffing would be best done by hand from what I've read.

    1. A rock tumbler is on my wish list Dawn. After taking them out of the oven I'm quite happy to find they don't need a lot of sanding thank goodness. My binder clips didn't fair too well though, but that's another blog post titled Heat and Plastic....Not a Good Combo!

  2. Wow...great beads Davinia!!!

    I was going to congratulate you on your ingenious idea of using your binder clips for this but then I read your comment above... :~)
    It was a great idea though...can you get metal binder clips??


  3. Like with food. Amazing things can be created from scraps.