My oven arrived yesterday. Whoot! Today I baked some of the polymer clay focals and beads I've made so far.
I sliced up that marvelous kaleidoscope cane I made the other day and made wiggly-shaped pendants from it.
Some of the other canes sliced up well and were turned into little pillow beads.
Two days ago, I spent some happy time making up a lovely black and white cane.
I took the trimmings from that and sent them through the pasta machine, intending to make a gray clay from them.
After a couple of passes through the machine, I saw the resulting sheet resembled stone, or even woodgrain. Whoa! I stopped right there and made up some faux stone focal cabachons for future bead embroidery projects.
I ran some chocolate brown and pearl together with a ribbon of gray and came up with another lovely sheet of faux stone.
What I need to learn now is how to polish and finish the pieces so they are nice and glossy and protected from skin contact. I've read that Future Floor Wax or Nu-Finish Wax is good, but haven't been able to find it in our local stores. Any suggestions?
As well, I had several pieces come out of the oven with cracks and pinholes. I figure the pinholes are from not getting all the air out as I worked the clay, but the cracks are a mystery. I let the pieces cool in the oven after baking...
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