Ice Blue Nuggets

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I love love love heart love this new transparent glaze from Amaco “Fog” from the Celadon line. AND this porcelain clay, a bright white Miller WC-631 #550 from Laguna is my favorite.  It took me a long time to decide on a favorite porcelain clay. I’ve tried many brands, but this one is plastic and […]

Kiln Goodies

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Lots of kiln goodies going on here.  This was a cone six firing with some of the new Celadon glazes from Amaco but there are a couple of Laguna glazes as well.  And can you figure out which ones have only been glazed with a light coat of black underglaze? Except for the yellows, these […]

Yet Another Batch

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The last couple of weeks I’ve taken time out for family and friends and of course the spring weather has been lovely, except for a few storms here and there. I’m back in the studio, playing with some new bead designs. The nugget beads to the left are a variation of a bead which will […]

Playing With Gimp

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Aren’t these beads fabulous?  I was trying to get the exact real color these are in real life.  After deciding I was going to have to retake the pictures, I gave up and started playing with some of the levels and curves, and then I messed with the directional lights …. so an hour later […]

It’s Springtime, TIME for Happy Beads!

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Porcelain Pastel Yellows, Blues, and Grays Nugget Mix  I’ve been doing some fun cone six firings the last week and wanted to showcase some of what I’ve done.  I have these 6 porcelain beads showcased over at the Ceramic Art Bead Market right now. If you are not yet a member of that group, you […]

Glazing and Mailing and Good News

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I am glazing beads today. I am focusing on a base of black under-glaze, used as a wash, a top coat of Chartreuse Green, and on top of that, I am going to brush various glazes for different effects.  I am planning a cone 6 firing for these.  I will post pics when finished. In […]

New Bead Design

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I have been having fun with the clay in between working with the copper pennies. I decided to do a combination of sprig and piercing technique and the lentil shape is such a fun bead shape. These are intensive to create and my hand gets a bit tired of all that poking, but the end […]

Transformed Pennies

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SO here we are …. sanded and sealed. This has been quite the experiment for me and I’ve enjoyed the process. Hope you’ve enjoyed following it as well. If you are interested in purchasing these, I will begin adding them to my website as soon as possible. Thanks for stopping by. –Natalie

Ceramic Art Bead Market series of GIVEWAYS

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Dusky Seafoam Ceramic Sprig Beads Hello Everyone. It is my turn to contribute to the Facebook Group “Ceramic Art Bead Market series of GIVEWAYS” For a chance to win these DUSKY SEAFOAM CERAMIC SPRIG BEADS, please comment on THIS post IN the Facebook group of the same name.  CLICK HERE TO GO TO GROUP This […]

The Saga Continues …

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So here I am, days later, with beautifully (I think at least) etched metal componants. I’ve rolled the pennies.  Sanded the pennies.  Drawn on them. And now I have etched them. I did not show the pictures of my gloved hands after setting them in ammonia (to neutralize the ferric chloride bath).  I used baking […]

Designs on Copper Ovals

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Here is a sampling of the Sharpie decorated ovals that I’ve been working on. I actually have two of each of these (I plan on selling them in pairs). Today they get dipped in the etching solution (ferric chloride).  These ovals are a thick gauge (I haven’t measured other than by touch) so I plan […]

Ready For A Design

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I drilled holes in them last night and shined them up this morning. Now I’m ready to put designs on them and etch them in that acid solution.  That’s the fun part, putting the design on them.Hopefully tomorrow I will have something fun to show off. My inside elbow, is actually sore this morning from […]

Rolled Pennies

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Ooooo …. so pretty! These are all pennies minted 1981 or before.  Why that date?  Because they had a higher copper content. Looking closely there is still the hint of the imprint of the white house on the back and Lincoln on the front. A bit of sandpaper will take care of that.  Stay tuned […]

Revisiting A Design

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Brownish Red Ceramic Beads with White Rivets I came across a few of these in bisque form the other day but alas, I had forgotten to put in stringing holes.  That is the reason, I guessed, I must not have glazed them in the first place. This clay, Toas Red, is wonderful  It’s stoneware, and […]

New Additions to Both Stores

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Peachy Teardrop Sprig Ceramic Pendant Blue Green Asian Style Ceramic Pendant I have been busy adding pendants to both stores.  This one on the left is a happy sort of spring and summertime pendant. I used copper strips, such as is used in stained glass making, and soldered a open backed bezel on it. Of […]

Square Sprig Beads

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Golden Squares Bead Trio I took these out of the kiln last week.  They are square and I added sprigs of clay for interest. Right now they are on auction over at the newly formed “Ceramic Art Bead Market” on Facebook.  Here is a direct link: CLICK HERE I also added a small stamped leaf […]

Vine

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I recently set up a ‘Vine’ account … and while I have in mind to only use it for nkpdesigns sort of stuff, it has quickly evolved into a mishmash. Because I’m currently babysitting my grandkitty, I have a few grandkitty ‘vines’ up, no longer than 6 seconds.  Soon I’ll be doing all sort of […]

Ceramic Art Bead Market

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Ceramic Art Bead Market Select ceramic bead artists have started a new Facebook group to auction off unusual and unique ceramic beads. It is a place for you to shop for hand crafted art beads of the highest quality. For extra fun, we plan to host regular giveaways. All sellers go through an approval process […]