This wooden abacus would make a great gift any child would enjoy playing with!
Learning abacus is a fun way to introduce Bill Handley's Fun and Fast Speed Math Method.
I like his Speed Math method as it is stress free, simple and fast and so much easier to get the correct answer everytime!
This instructable shows the new recipe I developed for the abacus beads and how
I constructed the abacus from wood in under an hour. The beads took a few days to dry thoroughly.
After several experiments with the Cold Porcelain Clay recipe, I accidentally
discovered a good recipe for making beads. Previously, everything seemed
to crack and shrink and warp the next day.
This new recipe (modification of the bird's next recipe and uses two additional ingredients)
can be used for millefiori beads as well, which I'll put up some examples soon. This new recipe dries a
lot faster, after 30 minutes without cling wrap it was drying out. It took a week to dry thoroughly
and shrank a bit.
And the best part, I must say is - no baking necessary! You can keep the colours separate
so your design will have consistent harmony to your artwork, you can make
canes and even millefiori with greater ease and even skinner blends through a pasta machine.
This instructable will show you how to make mixed media beads with the new Cold Porcelain Clay recipe (3rd version).
Watch the high definition tutorial below:
Step 1: New Cold Porcelain Clay Recipe
1 cup cornflour
2 cups pva (wood) glue
3/4 cup water
2 tbl glycerine
Mix water and glue in pot. Boil on medium heat for 2 minutes. (This helps boil off the alcohol)
Stir in cornflour mixed with a bit of water, and remaining ingredients.
** You might also wish to microwave all ingredients in a bowl for one minute. First place in bowl of boiling water, glycerine, pva wood glue. Sitr until gelatine crystals and cream of tartar is dissolved. Stir in flour then microwave for 1 - 2 minutes. Cover with plastic. Knead when cool.
Leave overnight till less sticky (preferably a week) and ready to use.
An easier option that's quicker than 2-minute noodles in a cup - mix all dry ingredients together then add boiling water and wet ingredients. Knead well, adding more cornstarch as needed.
NB: This recipe resulted in a sticky mixture which is difficult to handle,
but simply knead in 70 - 50% more flour after cooking, it has a great texture.
Knead thoroughly to work the gluten in the cornstarch into a lovely pliable dough.
The added bonus to using the larger pva ratio in this recipe was no cracks!