Continuum Designs Beads

About Polymer Clay

How to care for polymer clay beads:

Polymer clay objects do not need a lot of maintenance at all, but as with all jewellery items, there are certain things you can do to make sure they stay as pretty as when you bought them:

* Avoid placing them in prolonged, direct contact with perfume, skin lotions or similar products. They can, however, be safely exposed to water.

* If your beads do get dulled a little from contact with chemicals, a quick rub with a piece of denim or rough cloth should restore them to their original finish. * Keep polymer clay beads away from heat.

* Polymer clay should not be placed in liver of sulphur or other oxidising chemicals; because polymer clay is slightly porous, the chemicals will not be properly cleaned away afterwards, and can make the beads dull. If you want to oxidise/patina wire in jewellery featuring polymer clay beads, it is better to rub some of the oxidising solution onto a cloth, and wipe this selectively onto the wire, then rinse.

* The holes in polymer clay beads can be widened with a bead reamer, but this should be done carefully as there is a chance that drilling at the wrong angle could cause a chip in the bead. Always go slowly.

The pros of using handmade polymer clay components in your designs:

* Polymer clay components are in general more lightweight than some other types of beads, and as such you can get a chunky, statement look without the weight.

* Sanded and buffed polymer clay has a smooth surface which feels soft against the skin - great for close-fitting jewellery like bracelets or choker necklaces.