Making Beads Doing the Twist

Not far too long in the past I arrived throughout a package of beads deeply hidden in my stash.  I had obtained them at the very least 10 several years in the past in Freeport, Maine at The Beadin’ Route, a great bead retailer that is no for a longer period in enterprise.
There was a strand of beads that I genuinely love nestled in amid that lengthy ago invest in.

Strand of Vintage Czech Glass Mottled Twist Brown Beads

 I considered I would try out to make a established out of ceramic clay.  The tag offers a small  clue on how they may be designed. ( see text underneath picture higher than)

I tried out rolling out some round beads and twisting them but that did not perform.  Then I received the plan that if they have been first manufactured into a 3-d disk bead that perhaps that might  function. That seemed to be the remedy but the twist was additional challenging that I experienced considered.  I set my fingers on the glass Czech bead to get an idea of how to I would have to twist them.  It was quite awkward as the fingers on every hand would have to go in the opposite direction.  I persevered and the first established of beads I made is in the photograph below.

Because I did not choose into account that my clay shrinks 12% all through the drying and firing approach, mine are rather more compact than the first strand but I am  delighted to use them in some of my freeform peyote sew do the job.  I have a bracelet I am doing work on that they would go effectively with.

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I also built some in blue and white to see how they would look. 

If I make much more of the blue and white beads I believe I will skip the white part and just have them in blue.    

But the initially established of beads–  I am just outrageous about the colour and have been trying  it on other pieces as very well.

Compact stoneware pendant  by Mary Harding

I was rather delighted with  how the above pendant arrived out and amazed how the hues had morphed during the glaze firing.

So I experimented with it again on a larger sized piece and was far more than pleased with the end result

              Statement dimension pendant by Mary Harding  hoping out what i acquired from the lesser a person.

Statement size pendant by Mary Harding  a variation on the a person previously mentioned





For me what operates when I am building is to follow my enthusiasm on however circuitous a route it requires me.  In the conclusion it will bring me specifically to my heart and soul.
Thank you for stopping by and reading through my submit.
Mary

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