I was so excited about using the heat gun to bring out a richer color to the clay and to give them a wonderful shine….
But as Jana pointed out to me, it could be just the clay sweating and she stated that it could come off with a nice scrubbing with a tooth brush and dish soap….. man I was so hoping that this was the real deal!! :0(
So off I went to the sink with a wash rag and dish soap an I scrubbed the beads and scrubbed some more and then a tab bit more…. then I dried off the bead and did a comparison….
2 were left as is and the other two scrubbed (the two center beads were scrubbed)… can you tell? They are just a tab bit less shiny….
well, look…. here is a better picture:
See the top bead how nice and shiny it is and then the bottom bead isn’t as shiny….
BUT HERE IS THE CATCH!! They are shinier then what they would have been right out of the oven…. and the colors seem to pop more!! I am still pretty pleased with the over all effect of the bead. So, maybe, just maybe this still can work….
Here is another pic of the 4 beads, 2 scrubbed and two with the sheen still on:
Not that big of a difference…
I’ll be trying this again, I am hoping for the same results on the next set of beads I make…. either way, I will still be taking my heat gun to the beads…. for now…. and I am keeping my fingers crossed in hopes that this is a short cut worth keeping! :0)
Thanks again Jana, for the heads up…. (I am still holding my breath and hoping for all hopes that this ‘short cut’ is a keeper! LOL!!)