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Polyclay Bead Creation PowerPoint

  1. 1. Polyclay Bead Creation
  2. 2. Polymer Clay• Polymer Clay: a sculptable material based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC)• Contains no clay materials, but its texture and working qualities resemble mineral clay
  3. 3. History• Polymer clay was originally developed in the 1930’s as a replacement for plastics that had become scarce during World War II
  4. 4. Curing• To cure means to bake the polymer clay• Polymer clay hardens by curing at 275 F for 15 minutes (size of product may affect curing time)
  5. 5. Curing• Creations do not shrink or change texture during the curing process• When properly conditioned and cured, clay items should not break• As long as the maximum curing temperature is not exceeded, cured pieces may have additional layers or enhancements added with no limit to the number of time a piece can be re-cured
  6. 6. Polymer Clay Tools• Polymer clay requires very few tools• Most widely used tools: – Tissue Blade: extremely thin and sharp blade for slicing/cutting – Pasta Machine: used to condition clay, as well as to create sheets of uniform thickness, and to mix colors
  7. 7. Polymer Clay Uses • Creating beads and jewelry • Creating picture frames and figurines • Covering items made from glass, metal, cardboard, a nd terra cotta – Examples: pens, votive candle holders, and light switch plates
  8. 8. Polyclay Beads• Striped Beads(marble-shaped and tube-shaped)• Cinnamon Roll Beads(marble-shaped and tube-shaped)• Lace Beads
  9. 9. Additional Polyclay Projects

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