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Making Tube Beads of Various Sizes

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Step 7: Remove bead from dowel and work some acrylic paint into the bead, getting down into the crevices. Wipe excess paint off of surface with a paper towel. Let paint dry.
Step 8: Begin sanding your bead with the Wet/Dry sandpaper. Sand over a bowl of water in which you added a drop of liquid dish soap. Dip your bead and your sandpaper in the water frequently to keep them wet. Start with 400 grit, then move on to the 600, 800, 1000, 1500 and 2000 grit.
Step 9: You need 3 different sizes of circle punches. The largest should match the diameter of the tube bead you made.

With the largest circle cutter, cut out a circle from a sheet of clay that was run through the pasta machine on setting #1. Using your medium and small cutters, cut out circles from a sheet of clay that has been run through the pasta machine on setting #2 or 3. Stack your circles, centering them on top of each other as shown in the picture. Repeat this step for 2nd end cap.
Step 10: Poke a hole through the top of your stacked circle beadcap using your needle tool. Remove needle tool, and push the needle tool through the stack from the bottom. Repeat Step 10 on 2nd end cap.
Step 11: Using your paintbrush, apply a small amount of TLS on the edge of your tube bead. Gently place your stacked circle bead cap on top of the bead. Repeat Step 11 for other bead end.
Step 12: Thread a small knitting needle all the way through your bead, entering the bead cap on one side, and exiting out the bead cap on the other side. Bake per manufacturer's directions for the brand of clay you are using.
Step 13: Below are some examples of finished beads!

Karen Omodt
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