As always, my latest batch of beads to come out of the kiln is totally different from past batches. This time, I had an idea of using a toothpick dipped in slightly thickened porcelain slip to create a raised design on a large bead and make it a focal bead which could stand alone on a chain or leather cord and be the star.
First I started out covering a still wet hand rolled bead in dozens of different coloured spikes. As usual, anything worthwhile takes time, and this one sure did take some time, but it fills the brief of focal bead with a difference. Here it is freshly done and sill wet. Notice the pastel colour of the slip in it’s liquid form.
When it’s fired, it shrinks by about 15 – 20% and the true colour appears.
I went with a simple silver chain to show this one off.
Here are a few more of the spiky themed beads
I’m going with a simple leather cord with 2 silver spacer beads to hold it in place.
Next on the agenda was a floral design. Now doing this one with toothpicks was tricky to say the least! But I got a few that I was happy with.
Once again, I think the simple leather cord and silver spacer beads sets this one off nicely.
And this one I love on a sterling silver snake chain
Now back to the little bottles of slip to come up with my next design idea!