New Beads at ETSY Store

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These are for sale at: http://nkpdesigns.etsy.com The yucca brush used to apply this glaze is incredibly tiny.You can take a look at it by going: http://nkpdesignsbeads.blogspot.com/2007/05/cat-tongue-yucca-brush.html To make the brush, I soaked the frond in water for a few days, then scraped off the pulp with knife. This was an experiment that I wanted to […]

Fresh Out of the Kiln

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The pattern off this pot was derived from an old Swedish pattern that I found in a book. If the pot is held from the bottom the ‘petals’ would look like petals, well, sorta. As it is they look like highly decorated surfboards. Holds 16 oz. This is a randomly decorated pot. There are a […]

Kiln Opening

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These two lovelies came out of the kiln yesterday. My family agreed they were both keepers and so I’m keeping them. I love this glaze combination and how it interacts on this particular clay body. About an hour after the kiln shut off, I plugged the holes in the kiln and allowed the pots to […]

Handpainted Bead

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This is a bead that I painted with the Yucca Brush I made. The bead is fired to Cone 6 and came out of the kiln this morning with a few others which I will post soon. This particular bead is 20 mm.

Textured Pendant

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I’d like y’all to meet my maine coon cat, Harvey. Harvey was in one of those cat cuddle moods and kept crawling on my back, up my shoulders, and around my lap as I was attempting to photo some of my newest beads and pendants. Maine Coons are quite demanding and if you’ve ever had […]

Cat Tongue Yucca Brush

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Yesterday I glazed using a teensy tiny ‘cat tongue’ shaped brush that I made out of a small yucca frond (I soaked the frond in water for a few days, then scraped off the pulp with knife ). This was an experiment that I wanted to try since reading a book called, “Talking With The […]

1200 Bisqued Beads

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Ever wonder what 1200 beads all piled up looked like? I’ve been working steadily getting up the inventory and these go in the kiln on Friday. Here are 12 textures, 4 sizes … I did about 50 a day for almost a month. My goal is to get 200 of each texture and size into […]

Just Playing Around

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I had fun making examples of what can be done with bisqued beads, but I am left with some beads. So I made a couple more beads and strung a couple of bracelets. The pinks have three mother-of-pearls disks between each. The golds have Faceted Austrian Lemon Crystals between each.

Ceramic Bisque Art Bead Examples

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I updated my Bisqued Beads webpage today (https://nkpdesigns.com/bisquedbeads.html) because I wanted to show some more examples of what can be done with bisqued beads. Foam Paint is amazing. It comes with an application tip. This bead was first coated with rings of pink foam paint then smoothed with an index finger. Next raised dots were […]

Lesson for the Day

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Today I sat down at the wheel to begin trimming. About a week ago I had wrapped up some of the pots I had thrown with plastic. Two days ago I had noticed they had dried out almost past the leather hard stage so I wrapped them with damp paper towels. Today they are just […]