Feb 17, 2010

Cornstarch your Polymer Clay

The photo really doesn't express how many pebbles there are. Ok, it isn't exactly a beach full, but I can tell you I spent hours on these polymer clay beach stones. I don't make entire batches of the 'same' rocks, but just like in nature will add cracks, crevices, veins and form each one individually.

Here's a tip for you...if you don't like fingerprints on your polymer clay creations or perhaps you do to make sure people know they are handmade :) smooth beads by dusting your hands and fingers with cornstarch! I'm quite finicky with my beads and personally don't like sanding or tumbling, so cornstarch does the trick for me. Also, it washes off. The pebbles with Quartz inclusions, I like tossing in a bucket of ice cold water to enhance the translucency of the Quartz.

mmm....that bottom pebble has a vein that reminds me of a whaletail...I've made a few of these recently...

4 comments:

FantasyClay said...

Thanks for the great tip!!!!!
I've been avoiding making beads using your tutorial because I don't have the pacience to sand and the noise of the tumble driving me nuts.
Thanks

jvlt said...

I am going to try this tip about cornstarch. I do get fingerprints on my beads but I don't notice them at all unless I photograph them - and of course the customer will see them too

Janet
http://thecraftmap.blogspot.com

Melobeau said...

Great idea about the corn starch. Thanks so much for sharing it! I use it as a mold release and also sprinkle inside my rubber gloves to allow them to slide on easier. Now I'll have another use for it!

artybecca said...

Your beach stones are fantastic! Even though I KNOW they're not real, I have a hard time believing the stones in the top photo are not real! They are very convincing!

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