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    Default Getting ready for the season!

    So i decided i would have a go at making my own beads out of clay, and im def happy at the way they turned out, so i figured i share them with all of you! my buddy also helped out.
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    One more close up! Enjoy
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    Are they heavier or sink faster than normal plastic ones?

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    i think about a half bead heavier than original plastic havent weighed them. i do know they bounce right on the bottom. and yes they sink faster. which means less split shot
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    I made a lot of them last year but they seem to break on me all the time. Especially when pegging them. They do look good and I always get a fish or two before i have to put a new bead on. Good luck with them!

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    AKGRAYLING- How long did you cook them for? i cooked mine for 30mins at 275 degrees. and did a smash test they seemed to hold up none broke. have you tried peg its?
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    900, those look great!!! you should do a 'build along' on them. I'm not a huge bead man though I do carry some with. Typical plastic ones coated with a little spray paint in a paper bag and shaken around to get the color.

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    I honestly don't remember how long i cooked them, but it was at 275. Some held up better than others and some lasted all day while others broke when i pegged them. I use toothpicks for pegs.

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    Two different brands of clay can be found locally... any thoughts on which might be the better bead clay?

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    I used sculpay. picked it up from micheals.
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    Default Build a long!

    first pick your colors, then roll into a ball and roll them out to make a long and round clay rod. then mix color of choice of 2 or 3, roll into a ball and then make a long clay rod. like in picture 1, is was longer but i was already making them. then cut to size (pic 2) and roll with thumb and index finger. finally poke a small hole in it so it makes it easier to drill hole completly threw it.
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    Default final steps!

    next step is get a cookie sheet cover with tin foil, place clay eggs on it. put in oven at 275 degrees for approx 30-32 mins, take out and gently roll eggs around a few times and let cool, lastly when cool slowly drill hole completly threw and set aside. hit the eggs with clear coat if desired i used pearl finish. sorry if not totally step by step forgot to start taking pics from the total beginning had to think fast.
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    One last thing all of the suplies can be pick up and Micheals. Enjoy
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    Default Pretty sweet.

    You have basically reproduced all my favorite colors and patterns, nice job man. Good hobby for when the ice is still on the water.

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    Thanks, and here is the finished product from the pics earlier.
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    Default Hole size

    What size bit are you drilling with?

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    size 1/16ths and 5/64ths
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    Great Tutorial! Looks like you can make a ton of them with just a few packs of clay. I might have to stop in at Michael's this weekend.

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    yeah as you can tell the packs come in rows of 4 i barely use a 3rd of a row of 3 different colors and end up making 24-40 beads depending on how big or small i want them. very inexpensive. and have made over 80 beads already from what is pictured below.
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    good stuff 900, thanks!!! I'll have to take a peaksee when I'm in town.

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