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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Creating the Perfect Swirl Lentil Bead

Tooling around on the web as I often do, I find there are still a lot of questions on why people aren't getting the hang of the Swirl Lentil.  There are some important ingredients that are often overlooked in creating successful swirls:

1.  The polymer clay can't be too firm or too soft.

2.  You may be using too much pressure on the "swirler."

3.  Make sure the work surface and the swirler surfaces are clean.

4.  Are you using glass, plastic or a ceramic tile for either surface? If the clay slips or sticks as you rotate your arm, you may want to try a different surfaces. 

Swirl Lentils can be tricky little buggers, so it may take some experimentation to get everything just right...sort of like Goldilocks and the Three Bears :o)

I have a class on CraftEdu.com that will take you even further in your pursuit of the perfect Swirl Lentil.

Click below to see a free preview of
"Swirl Lentils - Getting Personal"



Hope that helped and good luck!
Barb
www.rubarbdesertdesigns.com

6 comments:

Mª Reyes said...

Muchas gracias por la explicación, lo pondré en práctica a ver si hay suerte y me sale bien. Besos

Carole Ohl said...

I LOVE your work!

HilarieLewis said...

Lovely and designing work, very amazing collection.
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Cherie said...

they are gorgeous! Such beautiful colors and designs.

Park Lane said...

That was perfectly done. Color, design, and size creates an elegant style.

Initial Charms said...

the polymer beads look very nice and they must be light and wearable too.I like jewelry that can be handles with ease and fun.