Lava beads are created using polymer clay and sea/rock salt to create a wonderful effect all over the beads resembling lava.
To start all you need is some sea or rock salt, scrap clay and some clay in the chosen colour for your beads.
|Polymer Clay Lava Beads Tutorial - Prepare all your items ready to start|
|My polymer clay beads ready for salt application|
|My Polymer Clay Lava Beads with sea salt applied loses its shape|
Because I want my beads to be round I gently re-rolled them between my palms this helped to embed the sea salt deeper into the beads which creates a deeper effect, it also give you the opportunity to see if you want to apply more salt to any large gaps on the beads.
|My polymer clay lava beads have been re rolled, embedding the sea salt|
Once your happy with your beads its time to create your bead holes and cook them. Once they are cooked and cooled simply place the beads into a glass of water and leave them to allow the sea salt to dissolve.
|My polymer clay lava beads placed in water to dissolve the salt|
It does'nt take long for the salt to dissolve so dry your beads off and they will be ready to use, here's how mine turned out below.
|My Polymer Clay Lava Beads|
This is quite a nice and simple technique which I plan to use for some future designs.
I would also like to take the opportunity to apologise for my photo quality here, unfortunately my camera decided to die on me and I had to use my phone, sorry.
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