I decided to make a blue bracelet that I would donate to the 7000 Bracelets for Hope project. I made four beads out of polymer clay. To make the house bead, I added alcohol ink to white clay to make a nice shade of blue but I liked the marbled look as I was mixing it, so I kept it like that. I had my own stamps to use that I made out of polymer clay. For those I cut the tiny pieces I wanted to stamp with, baked them and then "glued" them to chunky pieces of raw clay using translucent liquid clay (which is a bakeable liquid polymer medium). Then the stamps were baked again, and they work perfectly for making little windows, doors, heart shapes. I formed the house bead, stamped it, baked it, painted it (windows etc), baked again, then sanded it with 500, 1000, 1200, and 2000 grit wet/dry sand paper. Then I added a little Renaissance Wax and buffed it with a clean cloth. That stuff is wonderful. Gives a nice shine. The diamond shaped beads were baked, painted, given a layer of crackle glaze medium and then painted again. I added several layers of protective sealant and sanded in between for smoothness. The dark blue spiral bead was made by shaping the edges of a long strip of clay, then rolling it up. I added gold metallic powder for some shimmer and sealant to protect that. I personally am not a big fan of the high shine glaze, but for certain beads it is needed. I am almost out of the kind I use and am looking to but more. Does anyone have any recommendations for a glaze/ sealant that they like. The other beads in the bracelet are blue aventurine, sodalite, lapis lazuli, two turquoise chips, a trade bead from Kenya, and a few metallic glass beads. I made the clasp.
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