Friday, December 29, 2006



Roll out several sheets of different colors, cut them into 1"x2" pieces.

Roll each piece at the thinnest setting on the pasta machine, stack them and press lightly with the roller.

Roll the whole sheet through the pasta machine at the second thinness setting, cut it in half. You can make another piece using the reverse color. Do not roll it at the thinnest setting because the colors will blend into each other.


Place the Pink log at one end, roll it tightly until it turns into a log.

With a sharp blade, slide off small pieces of clay.


Slide off at random patterns. Keep those small pieces so you can make beads later.

Push both ends in with your fingers and roll the log until it becomes a round, smooth surface again. Keep sliding off more thin sheets. You can slide it off at the same place or just randomly slide it. You will never get the same pattern.

After pushing, rolling and sliding for about 3 times.


After pushing, rolling and sliding for about 10 times, this is what it looks like. The more you slide, the more rings of color you get.

At this point I would roll it to the shape that I like, poke a hole,bake, sand and buff. Well, you know all the routines.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

You will need: several black beads 12mm., Jelly Roll cane of your choice, with black clay on the outside, knitting needle, texture tool. I covered the handle of bead reamer with double stick tape (the orange kind) and covered it with the Micro Beads. Roll the cane until it gets about 3mm in diameter, then slide it to about 1mm thick pieces. Do not slide them too thin.
Stick the black bead on to the knitting needle, with the texture tool, roll it on the surface of the beads as shown. No salt is needed. You know, usually you roll the bead onto the salt to texture it, bake and then wash off the salt.
You can also texture the bead by rolling it onto the sand paper. I prefer the random pattern I get from my microbeads tool.
Texture the whole surface of the black bead.
Stick the jelly roll slides on to the black beads.
Lightly press all the slides onto the beads, bake and enjoy. Yum-yum.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Here's how to make rings

This is how I make my rings. I used 16 gauge silvered wire. Wrapping it around ring mandrel, or what ever you can find around the house, 3 times. The wire is quite soft and easy to bend. You can use Sterling silver wire if you want. It probably looks better but a lot more expensive. Curl both ends up and tie the top part with smaller gauge wire. Roll a thumb size ball from Black clay and push it down to the ring. With a pea-size ball of clay, cover the back of the ring. Smooth and reshape the ball. Let the clay sit for a while to firm up. Decorated it with what ever you want. Have fun!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

These are my latest Holiday Beads (12-02-06). It looks like evergreen Kissing Balls to me. Just a new twist from my previous Christmas beads.
Roll out the tiny snakes of clay using different shades of green. I mixed these colors myself. Just mix green with white a little bit at a time. Donna Kato has a container full of different colored clays like this with her at CHA-06. I just borrowed her idea.
Combine all those tiny snakes together, roll and twist. Cut out about 3/4 inch off, then roll it as shown in the picture. Roll a lot of those. You will need about 15-18 of those per ball.
I then roll a ball from Green clay, one by one, start putting those curly-q pieces on the green bead until it's covered up. Roll the bead between the palm of your hands, press lightly and there you have it. Each one will be different. Then I will decorate them with small holy leaves and tiny red berries as shown in the picture.
Now you know how I made my Flower Topiary Beads.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

This is the tutorial for making the RAKU Style beads (my way) using Polymer Clay. I would appreciate it very much if you could leave a comment at the end of the lesson.
Raku bead
These are basic materials I use to make my Raku (look-alike) beads. First is the black Fimo clay. Black seems to work better than brown or purple.
Second is the Fimo Metallic powder or pulver. The colors are very intense and a little bit of it goes a long way. Third is the Perfect Pearls from Ranger. I use Forever Green, Berry Twist, Turquoise, Forever Violet and Perfect Copper (because I only had $20 at that time I bought them). Each set of powder gives out the different effect. The forth one is the Varnish that I use because you have to put the Varnish on these beads.

To make the base bead, I use Black Fimo clay, half classic and half soft because the soft is too soft. I roll the clay into the sheet with the pasta machine. With a small, round cookie cutter, I cut out the pieces. This way I will be able to make the same size beads. First, roll it into round shape and flatten it with your fingers. You can stamp the clay, make it into cube or any shape you want. Then poke a hole through it because you do not want to touch these beads as much once the Matellic powder was put on.

Fimo Metallic Powder

I put the powder on the paint tray. I also mixed 2 colors together to create another color. Red with Blue to make Purple, something like that.
With your finger tip, lightly touch the powder, just enough that you get some on your finger, then touch your finger (with powder) on to the clay, once. Just dabbing, no rubbing or pressing. The clay will grab the powder out of your finger tip. This might take a little practice. Also, do not use brush or q-tip. It will not work with this technique. For example, if you use brush, the powder will get into the groove of the stamped bead. We just try to put it on the surface.
The first row are the step-by-step pictures of how each powder should be added to the black beads. Be careful to clean your finger after each color and do not put them on top of each other and do not blend (at this point).

The second row are the beads after ALL the colors were put on, then you can press the powder on to the bead (with your finger tips, do not roll with your palms) and lightly blend. Lightly!

Perfect Pearls

The Perfect Pearls Powder is being used here. The pink (Berry Twist) will change the color to purplelish-blue. I don't know why but it looks really pretty. The Copper color is awesome too. I am sure you will get different effect from different color combination.
The top row are the beads that were covered with FIMO Metallic Powder and the bottom row are the beads that were covered with PERFECT PEARLS from Ranger. These beads can now be baked as usual. Do not burn them or bake them too hot. Bake them outside if you can. The Varnish must be put on after that because the powder stick to the surface of the bead only. It will rub off. I usually do 2 coats.