Saturday, February 21, 2015

BASIC BEAD MAKING - 101

I like to use Ultra Light clay to make the inside (core) of my beads to cut down on the weight of my big beads and big necklace. So, here it is.  I slide a thick slab out of about 1/2" thick.
 I cut the slab in half then cut into pieces like so. I do not measure them. If you want a perfectly uniform beads, you can measure and then cut.
 Roll each piece into a ball between the palm of you hand, set aside.
 Roll a sheet of black clay, or any color clay that you want. I roll it fairly thin.Wrap the black clay around the Ultra Light balls. Roll the beads between the palm of your hands till all the seams disappear.
 I then slice the cane into very thin slices, arrange them around the black beads. Roll the bead till the cane slices embedded  into the surface. Let the beads set for a while before make a hole through it, then bake accordingly.

3 comments:

Cara Jane said...

Nice to see you back. Love that black and white cane

Cara Jane said...

Nice to see you back. Love that black and white cane

Emily H. said...

Beautiful job! Love to be able to get hints at how some of these talented artists make their pieces!