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From: Flowerbeads1/22/17 5:47 AM 
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My wife and I create Jewelry that is a combination of polymer clay and flowers. We have always wanted to created glass-like beads, but translucent clay is as good as we have found...and it doesn't look nice at all. Has anyone had success making beads look like glass?!?

 
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From: Melody011/24/17 9:55 AM 
To: Flowerbeads  (2 of 7) 
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Hi Flowerbeads, Your flower beads intrigue me. Sound lovely!

While I don' t have THE ANSWER, below are some of my ideas for possible "glass like" exploration/experimentation. Maybe you will find something that will work for you.

I see the challenge as two fold. #1 Finding the best translucent PC brand to meet your needs. #2 finding a finishing procedure (i.e.buffing/sanding followed by varnishing) to achieve the max shine possible. 

 

All translucent PC brands are not created equal. (Translucent PC is not transparent. I think you'd need a resin for transparent).

Ginger at Blue Bottle Tree http://thebluebottletree.com/translucent-polymer-clay-faq/

 

Achieving a glassy finish on PC  hints below:

Finishing Sanding Buffing  http://forums.delphiforums.com/polymerclay/messages/?msg=64038.1

directions to make super shiny with varnish/Varathane  http://melobeau.blogspot.com/2014/03/tute-varnishing-polymer-clay-with.html

glassy beads from Polymer Clay http://melobeau.blogspot.com/2010/05/cinco-de-mayo-fiesta-necklace.html

 

Happy Claying!

Anita in AZ

http://www.etsy.com/shop/melodyodesigns/

http://www.melobeau.blogspot.com/

http://pinterest.com/anitalbrandon/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/melobeau/

http://www.facebook.com/MelodyODesigns/

 

 
From: Melody011/24/17 10:12 AM 
To: Flowerbeads  (3 of 7) 
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Alas, don't have time to read the following flowers + PC thread right now, but you might find something helpful in it.

http://forums.delphiforums.com/polymerclay/messages/?msg=46627.1

 

You might find something helpful at: http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/inclusions.htm

then scroll down to SPICES, Incense, HERBS, dried flowers (and keep scrolling to the “flowers”.)

Some mention of Trans with flowers there.

 

Anita in AZ

http://www.etsy.com/shop/melodyodesigns/

http://www.melobeau.blogspot.com/

http://pinterest.com/anitalbrandon/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/melobeau/

http://www.facebook.com/MelodyODesigns/

 

  • Edited January 24, 2017 10:22 am  by  Melody01
 

 
From: Flowerbeads1/25/17 9:34 PM 
To: Melody01  (4 of 7) 
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Thank you for the info melody01! I will be diving into this reading before hitting the sack tonight. Our company is called A Rose Full of Memories. If you want to see the items we make, you could search it on Facebook or Instagram, and our website is www.arosefullofmemories.com 

I would LOVE to find a way to make these beads as clear as possible, so hopefully one of these works!!!

thank you again 

 

 
From: Melody011/26/17 2:06 PM 
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Hi Flowerbeads, You do lovely work! You write that you are looking for a way to make clear beads. If you are looking for transparent instead of translucent I think you may be disappointed with PC. It doesn't really "do" transparent. The jewelry I have seen that is high gloss and transparent (so flowers and such show through) seem to be usually made with some sort of resin. I seem to remember reading on a crafter's forum that resin can be very smelly to use and the less expensive, the more odor. Wishing you all the best in your quest.

Anita in AZ

http://www.etsy.com/shop/melodyodesigns/

http://www.melobeau.blogspot.com/

http://pinterest.com/anitalbrandon/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/melobeau/

http://www.facebook.com/MelodyODesigns/

  • Edited January 26, 2017 6:02 pm  by  Melody01
 

 
From: Claylady43 (Penni_Jo)2/15/17 3:19 PM 
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Beautiful beads! Many memories can be stored by the heart and a bead from a special occasion can bring that memory to the forefront. What a wonderful idea.

 

 
From: Ladyartist053/8/17 4:32 PM 
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I did learn this recently.  If you take your finished oven baked polymer clay created bead and coat it in Kato Liquid Clay Translucent, you then take a heat gun and dry it until it is super clear and shiny.  Works like magic and pretty quickly.  Be careful to not get too close so as to not burn it.  Best of luck to you.

 

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