Enid demonstrated 2 ways of making hollow beads which is interesting and beneficial to most since it is not something that is easy to learn just from online research. The demo took more than an hour since Enid covered all basic techniques for members to achieve a very light-weight and hollow beads.
The first technique was using a dome mould (a marble or a metal dome from Sculpey) and baking the halves separately before sanding them and attaching the two halves.
A second technique using cotton paper balls was used to demonstrate a way of making perfect spherical beads that were hollow and light. The amount of clay used is very little as well but still strong and durable.
Enid also showed us how to use powders and liquid clay with a heat gun to decorate our beads. Thank you Enid for the comprehensive demo!
After lunch Shelly demonstrated useful ways of turning our scrap clays into Owls and a piece of art. Shelly showed us how to make impressive and intricate kaleidoscope-like patterns using ends of canes. She turns her work into bookmarks which is a brilliant idea.
Most of us made our own unique owl after the demonstration.
Thank you to demonstrators and everybody who attended the ClayDay. Looking forward to our next meet.