I found this and the other five bead builders I have purchased really difficult to de-mould. Even using a de-moulding agent, the dried clay gets stuck and it is impossible to remove the bead in one piece. They should be great but I am so disappointed with the result which is I am afraid due to an over ambitious design. **RESPONSE FROM METAL CLAY** Sorry to hear you're experiencing problems Gillian. It sounds like you might not be applying enough lubricant. We recommend using olive oil and applying it all over the mould with a paint brush. Be very liberal with it and apply plenty, this usually works a treat. Occasionally you may have to gently tap the mould to dislodge the dried beads.
Bead Builder Mould - Circle
**Available option above: add the matching Bead Builder Circle Mould Frame Adapter for £10.75 (10% off the regular retail price).
Make effortless hollow circle beads in metal clay with this Bead Builder Circle Mould!
Easily add personal touches before firing with a fingerprint, clay shapes, or scribe a name! These bead moulds create 3-dimensional beads by making the bead in two halves. Because the bead is hollow, it uses a minimal amount of clay (approx 4.5g - very dependant upon the amount of paste used, added decorations, or if you manage to squeeze a bit more clay in!).
Start by pressing the clay into the mould, and compress with a vice, clamp, or between your hands for a few seconds. Open up to remove any excess clay, and add any desired texture, then close up again and leave to dry somewhere warm - like an oven, dehydrator, or a cup warmer. Carefully remove from the mould once it’s fully dry by prying each corner open a little. Stick both halves together with Art Clay Silver Paste, and blend the join to make it look seamless. Leave the paste to dry, refine, and fire. We recommend using CoolSlip or olive oil to lubricate the mould before each use. Add a recessed edge with our Frame Adapter for Bead Builder Circle.
*Fits PandoraTM bracelets when using clay with a 12% or less shrinkage rate.
I love these bead builders, I have now bought and used all 6 of them. The only one I'm not sure on is the donut because the bead is quiet small. I'd definitely recommend the advanced cutter, fitting adapters mould and the frame adapters. The square and circle bead builders with the frame adapter are great for adding photos to the recess. I have used them for pandora bracelets for family but also as necklaces on leathers, looks effective with single bead as loose choker.