Intro: Faux Glass Beads
I always loved lampwork beads, and I even made some simple beads. It's a fascinating work, but a bit expensive technique.
So I decided to make my faux effect for the glass beads with Liquid Fimo and polymer clay. It's a very simple technique that only requires a bit of patience and is very fun to make!
Watching the video to better understand all the process! ;)
Materials used in this project:
- Heat gun
- Fimo liquid
- Alcohol markers
- Polymer clay
For this project you can use glass or a tile as working surface... But be careful, it will be hot!
The hot air gun needs to be about 20 cm above the liquid fimo drop...until it hardens. After that the distance can be smaller (about 10cm). That way we don't spread the liquid fimo. When the drop is transparent you can aply another layer.
Is important to work in a well-ventilated place.
By using the heat gun Fimo Liquid can release fumes
After 2 or 3 drops of Fimo liquid, we can apply color with alcohol markers at the top.
Cover the color with a new drop and heat it until it's transparent
I like to make 2 or 3 drops between each color and finish with 2 more drops of liquid fimo, but you can make it at your one way and apply as many colors you wish! :D
Make more small beads (You can make more than one at a time!) with different colors and sizes (if you want!)
Make a bead with polymer clay and apply a thin coat of liquid fimo and glue the small beads.
Bake it in the oven during 30 minutes at 110°C/230°F
Tip: I haven't made it in this project, but, after baking you can apply a few layers of resin over your piece. It will have a more realistic effect
Apply a thin layer at a time and let it dry between each application. 2 or 3 layers are perfect.
After baking you can insert your bead in a chain and get a very interesting necklace! :D