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OHHHHHHHH I needed these tips!!!!!!!! ALL of the stuff I made in the past had fingerprints on them!! Thanks Cindy. ~Kristy-D >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Beads, Finger Prints

Ok, Cindy. I admit, I was skeptical, but you made a believer out of me. I made my first Premo beads today. I made small lentils for a charm bracelet. I sanded (started at 600 grit up to 1200) and buffed, buffed, buffed. I am stunned at how much they shine!! I love it! I will still use my Sculpey III but will definitely use Premo more often! BTW, those faux raku beads are so cute!!! ~Carrie-W >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tutorial

I used to think every bead had to be perfect and I was always disappointed. I agree with Cindy now though, the “less then perfect” ones look great and it is really all in the finishing of the final piece. You can have great bead but if you do a poor job of finishing your string or your wire wrap, the piece will look bad. On the other hand, do great finish work and the little inconsistencies of bead size or shape just add to the charm and individuality of the piece. ~Laurel-B >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Beads

Thank you so much, Cindy, for this information. I did not realize you had such a large site going on here, and there is information all over the place. I will certainly look at the previous threads from here on out!  It is so great of you to offer such help to us underlings.  A true comfort! ~Peggie-F >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Finishes

Love the square lentil and suggestions on being creative when lentils are not perfectly round.  I read somewhere that when buffing it should be like a “butterfly kisses”.   I was buffing beads today and they kept flying out of my hands and whizzing around the room.  Our 6 month old kitten loves it.  To her something  mysteriously hits the floor and starts rolling around.  She just goes nuts chasing them.  My husband commented  I had more beads rolling around on the floor  than in the finished pile.  He tried the buffing  wheel and  soon learned how hard those beads are to hold onto, especially after they are all shined up. Plus he got another chance to use the bench grinder/buffer he “bought for me”  ;) wink ;) wink. ~Anna-S >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Lentil Beads

I am still investigating the rock tumbler thing.  I glaze my beads now and I am not satisfied with the out-come.  I have been learning and window shopping.  These tips were extremely helpful. Thanks a bunch! ~Susan-L >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Rock Tumbler

Thank you all for your wonderful encouraging comments. I can’t tell you how much it means to have this support. @ Polyanya: I sanded 1/2 by hand and the other 1/2 using a kids rock tumbler then I buffed by hand because I haven’t mastered the dremel technique (I will have to order the back issue of Cindy’s instruction for that)… then I dipped them in Future floor polish. I’m still experimenting with the whole finishing and polishing of my beads (I’ve only started sanding them a couple months ago.) Again… only started doing this just under a year on a whim but I was amazed at the fabulous versatility of the polymer clay material and what really peaked my love of this is when I started caning… and so far it has satisfied my artistic drive. ~Melinda-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Jupiter Beads Made With a Clay Extruder

After hunting in several stores for Future I asked a clerk in Wal-Mart in St. Petersburg, Florida and she found the Pledge with Future Shine. So I purchased it not knowing I was getting the right product. Now I will feel confident in using it, thanks Cindy. ~Joyce-M >> This comment was originally posted here: Future Floor Polish for Polymer Clay Beads

Dear Cindy, thank you for this video – I am going to purchase a tumbler today!!! I have quite a few beads to sand and polish and had been putting off doing so because it is such a time consuming job. Good sanding and polishing is the most important stage for polymer clay beads and my fingers end up inflamed and blistered from constant sanding. I don’t mind the dremmel stage so much, because it is a quality control stage and final check- but the manual wet & dry sanding is horrible and reminds me of housework! I can now spend more time making and experimenting. Many thanks again. ~Cara-L >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Rock Tumbler

Thanks so much for your tutorial on making your own felt buffing wheel for the Dremel. I am amazed how pretty my beads have turned out since using the Dremel and look forward to making my own buffing pads. ~Diana-P >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Felt Buffing Wheels

Cindy, I am so happy to have learned about Future Finish from you.  I just started using it, and it makes my pieces look like glass, they are so shiny, and really brings out the color in all my work!  And I am so happy that it dries so quickly, and is so easy to use!  It is also quite inexpensive for all that you get. Thanks so much! ~Cindy-E >> This comment was originally posted here: Buffing Polymer Clay Beads

Nail Sanders! What a cool idea. Got to check into that! ~Kim-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Dremel Tool

Cindy, I am making rosary beads from flowers. Is there any product out there, that I can use as a coating on the beads instead of sanding and buffing. I’d really appreciate your help. I love your web site… you go girl!!!!! ~Diane-L >> This comment was originally posted here: Polymer Clay Tools

Thank you for your reply. I actually did get the right varathane — I’ve check sooo many times to make sure I did get the right one. But realized what I did not do is the sanding and the buffing (of course got this info. from your site). SOOOO — I’m in search for the dry/wet sand paper. Will do that and do the conventional way of buffing (flannel fabric?) and see how that goes.  Thank you soo much for the response. I learn a lot from your site. ~Ishalo-H >> This comment was originally posted here: Best Polymer Clay Finishes

I don’t make a lot of jewelry, I’m mostly a caner, but the few things I have made that needed sanding I was never satisfied with my sanding job.  I’ll be trying some of your tips such as Drywall Sandpaper. Thanks for sharing. ~Sue-C >> This comment was originally posted here: Sand Your Polymer Clay Beads

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