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    Sorry I have another question.....

    I would like to maybe add a few things to my polymer clay beads so my question is can I safely bake things like hot fix gems, crystals etc in my clay in the oven for the alloted time?
    I also bought some of the (not sure what you call them) the silver inside bits that go into pandora beads , can I bake this safely too?

    Thanks very much if you can answer my question.

    Shary
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    I've safely baked glass seed beads and metal findings into the clay - I don't know about crystals etc, but I'd assume that if they are glass and not plastic they should be ok?
    Perhaps you'd have to put a small amount of liquid clay on the backs to bond them to the clay though. (I gave mine 3 coats of varnish at the end so I didn't have to worry too much about making sure they were so strongly fixed)

    I'd like to get hold of some of the Pandora innards too! I don't know what they're called either though, so searching for them hasn't been very successful. Are yours silver or silver plated? If you don't mind could you let me know where you got some from?

    Thanks,
    Sarah
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    • #3
      Hi Sarah

      Thanks for the advice. I think I'll have a go with them all.
      The "thingies" I got are silver plated and I got them from here in Germany. A company called Viva Decor, I think some UK shops carry their products.
      I'll have a google and get back to you.

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      • #4
        Okay they are called Vivadora bead capsules and I think I got it wrong they are nickel.

        http://www.laurenz-morgan.de/cgi-bin...suche--pandora

        Shary
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Shary View Post
          Okay they are called Vivadora bead capsules and I think I got it wrong they are nickel.

          http://www.laurenz-morgan.de/cgi-bin...suche--pandora

          Shary
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          Thanks very much for the link Shary.
          I think they must be silver plate or silver tone (which is what I wanted so that's good )
          I don't like to use nickel things but even my terrible German tells me these should be okay "Alle Vivadora-Metall-Teile sind nickelfrei" All metal parts are nickel free?

          Thanks again, when I've next got time to play with clay I'd like to try some pandora style beads. You'll have to show us and come and give us some tips if you try yours
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          • #6
            I would imagine they would be nickel-free, since they are for jewellery and all jewellery findings in the EU need to be nickel free by law.

            As for what embellishments you can bake in the oven - well probably a lot more than you realise.

            Things like glass, shell, bone, wood, even paper and card, many plastics - can all survive the heat of the baking process. The key is to test it out first, don't spend ages on a project and learn the hard way that the embellishment you chose was not suitable!

            If I have any embellishments I want to try out, I just roll a little scrap clay out, put a few of the embellishments onto that, and bake it.

            You can learn a lot from this - if the embellishent survives the heat, if it reacts with the clay at all, if it will bond with the clay or just peel off, if the colours in it remain stable etc etc
            Emma
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            • #7
              Glad I could help Sarah. I've never used them before but I want to have a try today if I can.
              Thanks Emma for the info. I got a little packet of brass looking hot fix embellies so I will try those first. Oh and the Pardo

              The shop that I visited is the main Viva place, it has a massive shop and they are really helpful, although I struggled with the German. She also does classes so I'm going to try and get hubby to take me up again when he gets back from UK. I spent far too much , lucky it was Mother's Day!!!

              Shary
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              • #8
                I've baked with all kinds of embellishments from beads to wood and everything has been fine

                Pauline
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                • #9
                  Palmer's Metals have some sterling silver bead thingies- known as 'grommets' apparently!

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