This is one of the two bracelets that I am making from the polymer clay beads I made the other day. I sanded and buffed them until my fingers were sore and still couldn't get them as shiny as those I see in books and on the internet. Maybe they have a better way of photographing them than I do.
So I painstakingly gave every bead two coats of varnish - and they really shine in 'real life' now.
I knew it would happen - when I now look at the first set of beads I made, they don't look half as nice as these. Maybe it's that these are a darker colour and varnished and look so much richer. The others were summer colours