Texture Ceramic Beads

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Yesterday I decided to play with some texture tools. These are my favorite. They have many different shaped ends and combining them satisfies that occasional whim to go geometric. This is pretty self explanatory. First I measured out a small ball of clay, rolled it, and pierced it. The next photo shows a small cap […]

50’s Style Kitchen Beads

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When I originally started these beads, I had in mind a black and white cow pattern, but then thought better of it … what woman wants to wear a ‘cow bead’? So I filled in the white with a soft pink glossy glaze and this is how they came out … and they remind me […]

In Today’s Kiln

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The other day I was watching television and a commercial about mayonnaise came on. It featured olive oil instead of regular oil as one of the ingredients and it showed an olive shape with black and white cow pattern markings. It captured my attention and I thought … oh I have to make a bead […]

Barbells — dynamic duo Ceramic Beads

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I placed these rods too close to each other in the kiln and the beads fused together. It makes for an interesting design opportunity though. I’m thinking these would make a fun addition to a double stranded bracelet or perhaps a dangling focal piece on a necklace. I’m intrigued by the possibilities.

Teapots

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I love teapots and for a short while I collected them, then I started making them, too. They are satisfying and the spout is always a challenge. There is a way to help them not to dribble, the idea is to give a nice sharp edge. And no matter how many times I make a […]

Alphabet Ceramic Beads

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A few months back I acquired some letterpress … perfect for making alphabet beads. The first step is deciding which clay body to use. I’ll start out with a nice white. This particular porcelain clay body is quite translucent. If I use a transparent glaze, then it should break in interesting patterns over each textured […]

Egg or Teardrop Shape Porcelain Beads

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Dangling opportunities abound with this shape of a bead. These are pierced from top to bottom, but I have some that are pierced through on the side, too. I first started making this bead for a fellow crafter’s Etsy store. I’ve been making them ever since in different sizes, shapes, and glaze combinations. This particular […]

Ceramic Bead Bone

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I rolled a slab of stoneware clay and then used a small bone shaped ‘cookie cutter’ to get this shape. I smoothed around the corners, then pierced with a hole fired and glazed it and refired it to maturity. It is 30 mm long and 18 mm wide and 7 mm thick. The hole is […]

Ceramic Pendant Heart for Wirewrapping

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I have made more round beads than pendants and for some reason this particular day I was in the mood to make pendants. I used a pair of plastic scissors that is normally used in scrapbook making to cut these strips of clay. I lightly dusted the clay with baby powder so that the clay […]

Ceramic Bead Sculpture – Elephant

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I have been trying my hand with small sculptures ever since the Etsy Mud Team Challenge a year or so ago. The sculpture challenge was a blast and I never would have tried any kind of sculpture without that challenge. I started with dogs, then birds, then fish, now I’m getting braver with elephants. This […]

Bead Naming Contest

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Apologies for not having written anything in a while, a long while. I’ve been on vacation. I’ve started firing beads again only the last few days. I’ve come up with a few bead combinations. I am planning on making this one a permanent part of my glaze collection that I’m slowly putting together. However, I […]