|My Necklace on the Clavichord Plans|
|Drilling holes in the soundboard of the clavichord|
When I opened one of my plastic boxes, I found a layer of clay that had design lines made of various canes. It dawned on me that it might make great beads. I recently saw a video by Kathleen Halverson Dustin showing her technique and wanted to try it.
|sheet of polymer clay canes in design lines|
The first thing I did was to make scrap clay in the shape of the necklace and cover it in a layer of baking soda. Then I wrapped a thin sheet of black polymer around that and sealed it. The baking powder keeps the two layers apart. After the necklace is cured and while it is still warm, I cut the big curved shape into pieces and the center scrap clay comes out. That was pretty neat to see!
When the hollow black beads are cool they become hard and black end caps are added. Then the beads are cured in the oven again.
|Black hollow beads wit end caps after curing.|
The next step is to cut the design line sheet into strips that will go around the black hollow bead, seal the edges and round the sides into the end caps.
|Design layer wrapped on black hollow bead |
|Beads on layer of baking soda|
|Acrylic stand keeps sanding dust under control.|
|Me and my necklace!|