Fimolare I came across this photo showing the play dough no background reduction technique (as developed by Idit Zoota). The packing is done with the play dough and just a wrapping of scrap clay.
This is different from the way I have tried it which is to use a thin sheet of playdough just to separate the cane from the scap clay and then pack with the scrap clay. Hmm my experimenting brain is thinking of trying some different ways - if I can stand the mess of cleaning up! Also this was done with home made playdough - I found it didn't work for me with Fimo but I am thinking perhaps I could make a stiffer more basic dough missing out some of the ingredients used to preserve such as the cream of tartar after all I am not going to be keeping it ....
Fimolare also has some good advice on cleaning up - suggesting separating the scrap clay and the cane and then holding them under running water to remove the bulk of the playdough before putting in separate pots of water. Also to change thewater regularly - makes sense to help the playdough dissolve as once there is a lot dissolved in the water it may become saturated and no more can dissolve.
Unfortunately it is the school holidays and I am busy with my family so the clay experimenting will have to wait - I'll let you know as soon as I have any findings to report.
Here are a couple of flower beads I made using this technique
Erythrina (a big brooch !)
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