From the monthly archives: May 2010

I don’t usually over-punctuate, but I made something that looks like a real glass bead at last, so I’m going wild with the exclamation marks.

The wrapped loops aren’t there to hide anything, by the way – I wanted to see how it looked as a jewellery component. Now obviously, there are about 50 bazillion beads better than this one in the world, but still, I’m ridiculously pleased. Yay!

Now if anyone is still reading this far down (or at all, for that matter) I’d like to ask a question – do you know how the polymer clay beads I make (picture below) are made? Because I tend to assume people do, but it occurred to me that I’m being a bit insular thinking like that. So if you don’t know, would it interest you to know?


I bought some sparkly things a while ago, hoping to use them on polymer clay, but they didn’t work like I hoped they would. Well, I thought today I’d have another go, and found some interesting effects came from them:


The colour shifts according to the colours of clay used, quite dramatically, and yet there’s no difference between two different colours of sparkly bits when they’re both used on black. (Last caption is wrong btw – it’s meant to say ‘Red on trasnparent’)


Also, you get a odd effect when you use them on canes, where from one angle, you just see a dichroic glass type coating, and from another, you see the pattern through a very shiny layer. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with this stuff, but it has potential for…something. Maybe someone else can run with these effects?

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