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From: Pat (TRICIART)1/3/13 2:17 PM 
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I recently came across a necklace made of PC but described as sugar beads.  The beads do have the look of being covered in sugar.  Don't remember the site I saw them on.  Anyone ever hear of sugar beads or how to make them?

Thank you,

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From: crafts4joy DelphiPlus Member Icon1/3/13 5:06 PM 
To: Pat (TRICIART)  (2 of 12) 
 70129.2 in reply to 70129.1 
Here's a tutorial on polymer clay "sugar beads":


From: Pat (TRICIART)1/3/13 5:20 PM 
To: crafts4joy DelphiPlus Member Icon  (3 of 12) 
 70129.3 in reply to 70129.2 
Thanks for the tut.  The sugar beads I saw didn't seem to have tiny beads all over, they had an almost sandy look to them.  But that was a good tutorial.  May try that sometime. 


From: ejralph1/6/13 1:59 PM 
To: Pat (TRICIART)  (4 of 12) 
 70129.4 in reply to 70129.3 

Maybe it was just a different size of the tiny beads?

I sell these little holeless glass beads and have them in two sizes. The smaller size is very fine, rather like table salt.

You get a better cats-eye effect with the larger sized ones though I think. I also like using them in different colours, just partially covering the bead






From: gingersblue1/8/13 11:58 AM 
To: Pat (TRICIART)  (5 of 12) 
 70129.5 in reply to 70129.1 
Perhaps could you be referring to Sugar Stones made by Christina Butler of Polygolems? Here is her album on Facebook of Sugar Stones necklaces. 

She also has an Etsy shop, but doesn't currently have any Sugar Stones for sale. 

I know that she uses pardo translucent and salt, but I'm not sure of her process.


From: Pat (TRICIART)1/15/13 3:10 PM 
To: ejralph  (6 of 12) 
 70129.6 in reply to 70129.4 
Your beads came out beautifully.  But no, that's not the look I'm talking about.  Found a photo of Polygolems "sugar stones" that shows the look I'm referring to.  The artist says they are "textured".  I wonder if she just dips them in fine sugar and bakes them and then rinses them off.


I can't seem to post the photo so here's a link:

  • Edited 1/15/2013 3:12 pm ET by Pat (TRICIART)

From: Pat (TRICIART)1/15/13 3:15 PM 
To: gingersblue  (7 of 12) 
 70129.7 in reply to 70129.5 
Yes, that's the bead I'm talking about.  It seems to have just a dusting of salt but it's very fine.  Might try that someday.



From: polygolems1/15/13 5:07 PM 
To: Pat (TRICIART)  (8 of 12) 
 70129.8 in reply to 70129.7 

Hi, Pat, thanks for your kind words.

These beads are indeed rolled in salt - I really
Press the salt into the surface of the beads and
Roll them by hand, between my fingers - which is
Why most of them are not spherical. I discovered a long
time ago that any technique that requires allot of precision
is not for me, thus I never make round beads. A little ironic since
my family's business is bead rollers - tools to make very precisely
shaped beads. LOL!

Anyway, I have to confess that at least 50% of the
results I get with those beads is in the clay. It's Pardo.
I've tried the salt technique (I didn't come up with that idea,
It's been around for a long time) with different clays, and
Pardo just makes nicer beads. Oh, I also bury them in baking soda
when I bake them. Pardo doesn't have much color shift when baking, but
burying them totally eliminates it.


From: polygolems1/15/13 5:10 PM 
To: Pat (TRICIART)  (9 of 12) 
 70129.9 in reply to 70129.7 

Oh, I forgot to mention - I just use regular table salt.
Tried a rougher sea salt once & did not like the
results. Once the beads are cured, just run them under
warm water & the salt dissolves right away!

I hope you have fun playing with this technique. :)



From: Pat (TRICIART)1/15/13 7:31 PM 
To: polygolems  (10 of 12) 
 70129.10 in reply to 70129.8 
Thanks so much for the info on how you make your beads.  I've never used Pardo, will have to give it a try.  I made "lava" beads with Sculpey for a necklace using coarse salt and they turned out pretty well.  Your beads really look great and very different. 

Best of luck with your clay creations and thanks again.



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