Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The BUBBLE Beads - Tutorial
1 Black sheet at the thinnest setting on PM.
1 Green sheet at the thinnest setting on PM.
2 Red sheets at the thickest setting.
1 homemade texture plate.

Put Red on top of Red and green on top of Black. Run black-green sheet through thinnest setting.

Trim black-green sheet, then lay on top of red. With the roller, press it down. Make sure there is no bubble between the sheets.



Lay the whole sheet on top of texture plate, Black side down. Press firmly using thumb and index finger. (Note: Lightly coat the plate with Baby Powder for easy release. Also you can lift up the corner and peek to see if you have enough indentation on the sheet. Be gentle!)




Carefully peel the sheet off the texture plate and trim the side. I put it on the piece of acrylic so I can turn it around while working with it. With the thin Blade, carefully shave off the bubble one by one. Save the cut-off for the later use. (Be sure to handle them gently because we are going to use all of them later)







Carefully and carefully shave off the black bubbles!






Now that you shave off all the black bubbles , stick some of the left over pieces to the sheet to fill up the gap. Isn't it prrrrretty? Use the roller to smooth them out.






Roll the finished sheet over the base bead.







Carefully hide the seam by using the end knitting needle to blend the black clay together until it smooth. You can use any tool you want, but the knitting needle works for me. Patch the seam with the cut-out pieces. Roll the piece back and forth until it is smooth, then put the end cap on.
Roll out the small base beads, stick the cut out pieces on the beads. There, you have it, matching beads with your pendants.








Poke the holes and bake. They look a lot nicer after sanding and polishing.
Try it.
Have fun. :)







23 comments:

Anne said...

Those look super fun to make!

le_clay said...

waw, i love bubbles ^^

Pam from Michigan said...

Very clever! This would be fun to do. I'm trying to guess how you made the texture plate. My guess is that you pushed some beads or pearls into the clay. Close? At any rate it's a cool idea and I'll simply have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

chel said...

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your techniques!!! How generous!!

silastones said...

Very clever indeed, Pam. I was using my sterling silver beads because they are round and come in various size. The glass beds trend to have oval shap, not round-round. You know what I mean? LOL :)
Pearls would work too. Thanks!

I also would like to thank everyone for the kind words.

catherine said...

Very good idea indeed!
I suppose you could also use doll eye sizers to make the mold?

silastones said...

catherine, I love your works!
I used the beads because you have to press them in the clay at the same time and then lift them up one by one without smooching the clay. I'll post the tut. soon

Brenda Marks said...

Thank you for the inspiration! I made my bubble-type texture plate with the ends of paint brushes, and it worked great.

aigue said...

thank you to distribute this tutorials.
I like your beads.

Anonymous said...

great technique! thanks for sharing! Laura from Arizona

iki said...

Hi! Just to say I loves this effect!
Good work!

Kisses

mimibricole said...

those bubble beads look so great! thanks for sharing!
I made my texture plate last week-end, just hope I could make some beads soon!

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Ruth Tarragano said...

I am going to try that right now!

(The results will show on my blog...)

Thank you!

(:

♥Michelle♥ said...

How cool are these?
I so have to give this a try =)

Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

very beautiful beads

Jill Palumbo said...

Love all your posts, thanks so much for all the ideas!

Lynn said...

Oh my, I love you! Thank you so much for sharing. When I saw your Pin with a free tutorial, I thought it was Christmas morning.

Folks who share knowledge, folks like you, make the internet the great communication hub it is.

DE Neilley said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I bought a piece of Turritella Agate at a rock store yesterday, and have been looking at it trying to figure out how I was going to attempt to duplicate it. You have provided the answer!!

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