>I'm fairly new to this, and wonder if there's anything on the Web that
tells you How to make faux
>beads? Otherwise, perhaps one of you kind souls wouldn't mind sharing
some info, about how to
>make opal and c***beads in particular.
>I have looked in libraries and book stores, but resources here are very
limited. I would appreciate
>any help, so much.
>Also , what is meant by "blanks", e.g. the posts re letter opener blanks
and how are they used?
>This may also to be interest to other newbies like myself. Thanks again.
>Thanks in advance,
Hi Vera; The "blanks" are letter openers with (usually) unfinished
wooden handles. These can then be covered with slice of canes, or sheets
of clay, etc. to decorate them.
As for making faux beads, you should try to get hold of Tory Hughes
tapes. She has them for making coral, amber, bone, ivory, turquoise, etc.
There isn't one on the opal however. But many of us have given that one
a try with some fairly good results.
My method isn't necessarily the best, but here it is: I take some
translucent clay, shape it whatever way I want, then I coat the surface
with some holographic glitter from the craft store. Over that I place a
VERY THIN layer of translucent clay. Use a #6 on the pasta machine.
When it's baked you must wet sand with a 350, a 400, a 600 and higher, if
you wish, wet/dry sandpaper. Then buff it on a buffing wheel, or coat
with Future Floor Finish.
Hopefully someone else will have a better one for you.