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your bead when doing this but fear are completely cold before you
not, these will be sanded off later. handle them. They will still be soft
In the past, I have tried to avoid when they come out of the oven and
fingerprints by using latex gloves they can break or lose their shape if
but I gave up because I missed they are not completely cold.
actually feeling the clay and I felt too • Now, the other fun part,
much like a doctor performing an sanding! I know it sounds like a
tools and gadgets for piercing holes
operation! chore but it really is worth sanding
in polymer clay but I have found
• Next, bake your creations your clay to get rid of finger marks,
that a good old cocktail stick works
shiny spots caused by the oven or
the best! Holding a bead in your
any other imperfections. Always use
fingertips, pierce it with the cocktail
sandpaper that is meant to be used
stick until it just pushes out of the
wet (i.e. the grey stuff) and use lots
opposite side. Don’t worry that the
of water when you sand. A tip is to
hole will not be symmetrical - your
add a drop of washing up liquid or
eye is amazingly gifted and will
other soap to your sanding water as
almost always put the hole in the
according to the particular clay this makes the sanding quicker and
right place on the other side. When
manufacturer’s guidelines. Make sure easier. I start off by rubbing the bead
the clay is just pushing through,
that you use a baking tray dedicated all over using 00 grade sand-paper.
take the stick and poke it through
solely to your polymer clay work I then progress to 00 grade sand-
the other side so that you get two
otherwise you may have bits of clay paper and finally 200 grade sand-
perfect holes with no sticky-out bits.
sticking to your fish fingers. paper which eliminates the fine
• You may get fingerprints on
• Leave the beads until they scratches on the surface. Another tip
 | ukhandmade | Autumn 2009
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