Making Beads or Pendants...
January 18, 2007 12:52pm CST
I have been looking around for decorative beads, pendents, or endcaps to put on the flat end of my hairstick blanks. I could buy gold or silver colored findings and bend them but I started toying with the idea of using Baker's Clay, you know, the flower /salt/ water combination, to fashion my own decorative stick ends. I tried just gluing a bead on the end but its way too difficult. I have also thought about making pendants and large, custom shaped items for the stick ends, and once I have baked the Baker's clay end cap, then covering it with vaseline and making a paper mache end, using the bead thing as the mold. I would let the paper mache dry, cut it off, then do a custom paint job on it and glue it on the end of the stick. Has anyone used Baker's Clay this way? I think it will be cheaper and simpler than my learning how to do lamp work beads and drops or end caps right now, along with being cheaper and unique! What do you think?
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18 Jan 07
I think its definately worth trying, but remember that salt dough can expand with moisture so may not ultimately be the best thing to use in hair. You can also make a similar dough by useing white breadcrumbs mashed up with pva glue (white glue). This makes a very soft, smooth, malleable dough that dries without heat to a very tough finish. That might be worth experimenting with perhaps?
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19 Jan 07
I think I would go with polymer clay like Sculpey or Fimo. And then glue it on with something really strong like Gorilla Glue or E6000. I did see some custom knitting needles made that way with little skulls on the ends. Keep experimenting. It sounds like you are on to a good idea.