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Hollow Beads
« on: August 03, 2011, 04:01:52 AM »
Iv'e seen a lot of large hollow beads lately.  Are they making them over a dried core of paperclay and then soaking it out ????

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Re: Hollow Beads
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2011, 07:13:51 AM »
That is one method, yes - you can buy pre-made paper ball too I think.

You can also form your own inner cores - out of bio-degradeable packing peanuts, which you can dampen, shape and allow to dry then cover with clay.

Or, use aluminium foil to provide a lightweight base in any shape  - although you obviously cannot soak this one out after!

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Re: Hollow Beads
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2011, 03:59:11 PM »
Christine Dumont did an online course teaching her method recently - that's why you've suddenly seen so many  :)

I can thoroughly recommend it when she does her next one - video tutorials, extra hints, tips and tutes, a forum and help anytime, and somewhere to post our beady pics. Plus she prepared a pdf of it all which was a complete bonus at the end!

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Re: Hollow Beads
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2011, 04:35:17 PM »
I'm trying to recall who it was years ago who made huge hollow beads on ping-pong balls? Shelley might remember....

Ford and Forlano (who used to be known as City Zen Cane) also did some wonderful big beads, I think Pier Voulkos did also.
http://polymerclaydaily.com/2011/01/19/how-big-beads-arrive-in-a-museum/

Its good to see them becoming popular again actually - for no other reason than big hollows give a lot more space for expression and decoration.  8)

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Re: Hollow Beads
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2011, 04:47:18 PM »
ping pong ball is a great idea , I have covered plastic easter eggs  and it worked fine, you still need a vent hole,

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Re: Hollow Beads
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2011, 04:58:42 PM »
It's not something I have tried, so no idea if it works or not.

I would imagine though - rather like with scrunched up aluminium foil - its a good idea to make the hole first before you cover it with clay and try to remember where it is and re-pierce.

Whenever I have tried to make the hole through the foil when the clay is already in place, I have squished up the clay too much

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Re: Hollow Beads
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2011, 07:13:11 PM »
Are the ping-pong balls ok at curing temp?

You never can tell - I found that the plastic bit that goes onto a spool of Beadalon to keep it wound is a perfect fit for a bangle for me...."ping" went a light in my head...but sadly when I tried it in the oven it slumped  :'(


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Re: Hollow Beads
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2011, 07:50:07 PM »
That is what I am not sure of.

The same with plastic pens - some are fine to cover, others just go all melty.

Only one way to find out really  ;D

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Re: Hollow Beads
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2011, 10:32:17 PM »
I read somewhere that you can use cork clay, but I haven't tried it yet.  Has anyone else ever heard of cork clay being used?

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Re: Hollow Beads
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2011, 10:40:21 PM »
I have used cork clay but only with PMC.  The temperature of the kiln for the PMC burns off the cork clay and just leaves the silver.  I guess you could use with polymer but it wouldn't burn off as the temperature would not be high enough, it would just go hard. 
I might give it a try and see what happens!
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Re: Hollow Beads
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2011, 11:51:50 PM »
Ive tried cork clay but its heavier than sculpey Ultra Light..