Friday, July 29, 2016

Making Beads and Designing a Necklace

Polished beads with satin finish
Designing beads with Hadar's White Satin Clay and then deciding how to use them in a necklace is my latest project.  I wanted my white satin beads to look old like I went on an archeology dig and found them buried in the sand.  There are holes and slits as you can see in the picture above.

Each bead is formed on Microsphere (Noble Clays) wrapped with a single thickness of clay.  I received the Microsphere at a workshop a couple of years ago and made the forms for the beads with it.  The beads are dried and kiln fired.  When they are cool, the sand like particles of Microsphere come out of the centers leaving hollow beads.  

Before firing in the kiln

After firing - the beads on the left are just out of the kiln and the ones on the right have the first sanding.

I tried several combinations of  beads to go with my 'ancient' beads.  I thought it would be fun to share the process with you!

Pewter lentil beads separate my creations - Nope!

Crystal beads with my white satin ones - Nope!

Rough Green Garnet Beads with my white satin beads - Nope!

Tumbled turquoise chunky beads with white satin beads
Smooth chunky turquoise beads with my 'old' beads' - Nope!

Very old granite beads, small round turquoise beads and the 'old' beads - better!

The very very old granite beads separated with small turquoise beads and three of my white satin beads as the focals- YES!

This was a fun exercise in seeing the same beads in different settings.  I'll string this and show the finished necklace soon!






Friday, July 29, 2016

Making Beads and Designing a Necklace

Polished beads with satin finish
Designing beads with Hadar's White Satin Clay and then deciding how to use them in a necklace is my latest project.  I wanted my white satin beads to look old like I went on an archeology dig and found them buried in the sand.  There are holes and slits as you can see in the picture above.

Each bead is formed on Microsphere (Noble Clays) wrapped with a single thickness of clay.  I received the Microsphere at a workshop a couple of years ago and made the forms for the beads with it.  The beads are dried and kiln fired.  When they are cool, the sand like particles of Microsphere come out of the centers leaving hollow beads.  

Before firing in the kiln

After firing - the beads on the left are just out of the kiln and the ones on the right have the first sanding.

I tried several combinations of  beads to go with my 'ancient' beads.  I thought it would be fun to share the process with you!

Pewter lentil beads separate my creations - Nope!

Crystal beads with my white satin ones - Nope!

Rough Green Garnet Beads with my white satin beads - Nope!

Tumbled turquoise chunky beads with white satin beads
Smooth chunky turquoise beads with my 'old' beads' - Nope!

Very old granite beads, small round turquoise beads and the 'old' beads - better!

The very very old granite beads separated with small turquoise beads and three of my white satin beads as the focals- YES!

This was a fun exercise in seeing the same beads in different settings.  I'll string this and show the finished necklace soon!