Wednesday, March 16, 2011

hOw dO yOu dO it?

by MaryAnn Carroll

You guessed it!  Very good!  Those BIG O's are just like the little balls that you will start out with when you make ceramic beads using this little tutorial.

Creative, huh?
Thank-you ;o)

Okay, joking aside, periodically, I will do my posts about what goes into making my handmade ceramic beads, pendants, components, etc.  If you are beadmaker using whatever medium that you love and you have a tutorial that you would like to share on our blog, please contact me at artsanbeadsplus@gmail.com.  I think the more we share about the process, the more there will be a greater understanding about what goes into creating handmade.  This also goes for those of you who have completed jewelry made with all handmade components.... The more the merrier, I've always heard!

This tutorial is one that I actually made for Kelli Pope quite some time ago.  It seemed like the right time to take it back out and share it on our blog.  Some of the information that I have in this [no longer sanding because of dust] really deserves more attention than just dust.  Clay has particles in it called silica.  If inhaled for long periods of time it will create serious health risks.  If you are interested in making ceramic beads, please check out the Beads of Clay website to learn more about safety.

Here is the basic method that I used when I create beads.

Visit Ceramic Bead Artists to see some more fun tutorials.



I will work on another tutorial about what comes next... 
Hey, if I dig far enough into my computer,
I might already have one!!

~Thank-you for being someone who supports creating handmade with handmade~

10 comments:

Barbara Lewis said...

I LOVE the technique for the clothespin bead! Very clever ....

mairedodd said...

this is terrific mary ann! it made me realize just how many other people look around their house wondering 'what can i do with this?' in their work... what a great tutorial... thank you -

Patty said...

Looks like you have fun with your medium, Mary Ann!

VanBeads said...

That's a great tutorial, Mary Ann! It makes me want to start making clay beads...but if I take up one more craft, my husband will divorce me. I'll just have to live vicariously through all my clay-making friends!

Kristi Bowman said...

Always fun to see the process, thanks MaryAnn.

D'Arsie Manzella said...

This is so cool. I love to make ceramic components but what always slows me down is the absence of a kiln! lol. Beautifully illustrated MaryAnn~

The Clay Chick said...

Great tutorial...I especially love the fact you included coffee in the supply list :)

Kelli said...

Try it and you'll be hooked!! I promise!!! :)

Lisa Godfrey said...

Thanks for sharing! I've just started making clay beads and still have a lot to learn. I love the clothes pin idea!

diane said...

Thanks so much for sharing info!! I can offer info on just about anything else clay, but have not fired beads/pendants yet. You mentioned staying tuned for glazing instructions...and I'm wondering about firing your porcelain in mid range temps..will the nichrome wire make it up to cone 6? Also interested in your "firing trees"....do you make them or buy them?

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