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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2013, 07:35:22 PM »
Hi Carrie

I use lentil beads between my hollow beads, with the points nestling in the holes.  Or a small group of flat discs, with tiny discs or beads in between.  The discs are either textured, or those thin pinched ones.  I will try and take a pic and then try even harder to get it on here.

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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #31 on: January 19, 2013, 09:25:34 PM »
I like the sound of the textured discs etc :)

I made some large pointy flattened lentils to go between one set of three beads - point in hole - and it looked great!
Trouble is, I think the beads are too big for me to feel right in them - so I just get them out and poke around at them occasionally  ;D

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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #32 on: January 20, 2013, 05:35:50 PM »
You could make a thin polymer clay tube bead to sit inside the hollows and stabilise them

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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #33 on: January 20, 2013, 05:46:37 PM »
That's a very good idea :D

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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #34 on: January 21, 2013, 06:27:58 PM »
Here is my next attempt
this is about 1.25 inches in diameter
there were some spots i didnt like so i started drilling holes


Holey Hollow Bead by jembox, on Flickr


Holey Hollow Bead by jembox, on Flickr


Holey Hollow Bead by jembox, on Flickr

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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #35 on: January 22, 2013, 12:18:10 PM »
Gorgeous Jan!!

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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #36 on: January 22, 2013, 12:44:01 PM »
It is a very nice bead .
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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #37 on: January 22, 2013, 01:03:34 PM »
It's beautiful and the holes add extra dimension!

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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #38 on: January 22, 2013, 10:07:06 PM »
Beautiful beads!

I saw something on line - Have not tried it but it looks interesting. This would be used for flatter hollow beads. Wrap your clay and cure it around an alka selzer. That way once it is cured just drop it in water and the middle just fizzes out.

I have seen people make fizzy bath balls. Could you do something with those as well. I guess you could make them any shape that way. Like I said just an idea I came across.

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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #39 on: January 22, 2013, 10:29:49 PM »
Beautiful beads!

I saw something on line - Have not tried it but it looks interesting. This would be used for flatter hollow beads. Wrap your clay and cure it around an alka selzer. That way once it is cured just drop it in water and the middle just fizzes out.

I have seen people make fizzy bath balls. Could you do something with those as well. I guess you could make them any shape that way. Like I said just an idea I came across.

Kari

What a brilliant idea!

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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #40 on: January 22, 2013, 10:45:11 PM »
Yes i heard about the alka selzer. 

Up date on Waxing your cotton forms

I have diped them 1 , 2,3 &4 times in the wax to coat
they  all work well but on the thicker wax when i was trimming my holes with a straw 
th straw dug into the wax too so when i removed the clay from the hole , bits of wax came out with it, which got in my scrap clay.  it didnt make any difference to the bead though.


I will just coat cotton ball forms 2 times in the future , unless my form has a dimple i want to fill , ill go thicker with the wax.
I also was able to patch a dent in one of my cotton forms with the wax. 
I scraped some hot wax off my stir stick and patched the dent , cooled, and then dipped my whole form in the wax to coat.

I also coated all the forms i had while i had the wax out and melted so they are ready to go when i need them

I used Gulf Parafin canning was.
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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #41 on: January 24, 2013, 07:15:49 PM »
I read some where on-line about using something called cornstarch packing peanuts for the inside. After the bead is cured drip it in water and the peanut disolves. I guess you can buy them at an office supply store but they sell in large batches. I came across a link that tells you how to make your own. Seems like a lot of work who knows I guess if you only want a few peanuts it might work.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2330632_make-packing-peanuts.html

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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #42 on: January 24, 2013, 07:43:38 PM »
Where possible, I save any of the cornstarch packing peanuts and use them with clayers orders. So if you are ever ordering from me and just want a handful, ask. If I have any around I'll pop some in with the order

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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #43 on: January 24, 2013, 08:17:15 PM »
ooo good to know.

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Re: Translucent Hollow Beads
« Reply #44 on: January 24, 2013, 08:18:31 PM »
I feel like experimenting  8) Yes please Emma, a handful with my order!