Step 1: Condition some black clay.
Step 2: Create a pod bead. I used a scrap clay core covered with black Kato clay.
Step 3: Choose your Mylar. I tested all mine first on black clay to see what the finished product would look like.
Step 4: Using a very sharp pair of scissors, but the Mylar into whatever shapes you like. I chose little mosaic-like pieces.
Step 5: Create a thread hole in your pod bead with a skewer. Position your little Mylar pieces straight onto the raw clay.
Step 6: Continue until you’re happy with the finished result. Smooth them over with a smoothing tool. Bake on a ceramic tile covered with multix-bake paper following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 7: Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
This is my baked pod bead below. Note how the Mylar has changed colour slightly just around the edges. This particular colour of Mylar worked this way whereas some of the others didn’t. Another good reason to do test pieces first so you know what the finished product will look like.
Step 8: Position the skewer back into the thread hole and coat with a layer of Kato liquid clay. Cure with a heat gun on low heat until you can see the liquid has firmed but is still milky. Turn the heat gun to high heat and zap all over quickly until the liquid clay goes from milky to crystal clear. Repeat this step as many times as you like. (Note: An embossing heat gun does not give as good results as a heat gun from a home improvements store. It does not get hot enough).
Step 9: Pop some eyelets / bead cores into the thread holes to neaten.
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