1. Start with Sculpy-Ultralight and some grommets. ( I prefer the ones that have only one part or using on the longer half of the grommet.)
2. After I condition the clay make a the big bead core. If your pierce the centre and roll it back and forth your can make the hole the right size for the grommet.
3. I insert a grommet at each end of the bead core and bake the bead cores for the full time advised on the package. I can sit the bead cores on end and not worry about one side getting flat.
4. After the bead cores are cooked I pry out the grommets. I use a pointed tool to get started and then switch to the side of the tool to get it completely out. (Yes that is the table clearing veneer from July10th.)
5. Now coat the bead cores with LPC (liquid polymer clay - I am using the Kato Clay brand here but other brands will work too). I find a candle holder is a good vessel to hold a small amount of LPC to dip my brush in.
6. I cut a strip of veneer slightly wider than the length of the bead core. I wrap the bead core with the veneer and join the edges together. (If you gently wrap the bead core and then unwrap a little you with see a line where the edges meet. If your cut just short of the line your will get a good fit - a gap is easier to smooth than a lump is to flatten.)
7.I pull the clay around the ends of the bead core and reinsert the grommet. When I have done this on both ends of the bead I cook it again). When it is cooked take out the grommet and in #4 and then glue it back into place. I use two part epoxy for this.
That’s it. BFBs that are really light.