December 4, 2023


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Making Beads Doing the Twist

Making Beads Doing the Twist

Not also lengthy ago I came throughout a bundle of beads deeply hidden in my stash.  I experienced obtained them at minimum 10 decades back in Freeport, Maine at The Beadin’ Path, a amazing bead retail store that is no extended in enterprise.
There was a strand of beads that I really really like nestled in between that very long in the past order.

Strand of Vintage Czech Glass Mottled Twist Brown Beads

 I thought I would test to make a set out of ceramic clay.  The tag provides a small  clue on how they may possibly be produced. ( see textual content under picture over)

I attempted rolling out some round beads and twisting them but that failed to work.  Then I obtained the plan that if they had been initially created into a 3-d disk bead that maybe that might  operate. That appeared to be the respond to but the twist was much more sophisticated that I experienced believed.  I put my fingers on the glass Czech bead to get an strategy of how to I would have to twist them.  It was pretty awkward as the fingers on each individual hand would have to go in the reverse path.  I persevered and the very first established of beads I created is in the picture down below.

Since I did not get into account that my clay shrinks 12% all through the drying and firing system, mine are rather smaller than the first strand but I am  satisfied to use them in some of my freeform peyote stitch do the job.  I have a bracelet I am doing the job on that they would go properly with.


I also created some in blue and white to see how they would appear. 

If I make additional of the blue and white beads I think I will skip the white aspect and just have them in blue.    

But the very first established of beads–  I am just outrageous about the coloration and have been trying  it on other pieces as effectively.

Compact stoneware pendant  by Mary Harding

I was really content with  how the above pendant arrived out and astonished how the colors experienced morphed through the glaze firing.

So I tried it all over again on a larger sized piece and was extra than delighted with the final result

              Assertion measurement pendant by Mary Harding  striving out what i learned from the smaller sized one particular.

Statement size pendant by Mary Harding  a variation on the just one above

For me what operates when I am producing is to adhere to my enthusiasm on on the other hand circuitous a route it takes me.  In the stop it will provide me directly to my heart and soul.
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