Friday, January 23, 2009

Clay Beads

While I was flipping through bead books at Barnes and Noble, I came across a chapter on making beads out of polymer clay and a rubber stamp.  I have a rubber stamp that I use a lot.  It has kanji writing on it and I have no idea what it says, but I love the look of it.  So I thought I'd try to make some beads.
 

I did a circle pendant a little bigger than a quarter, and that turned out well so I thought I'd attempt some earrings.  Here are two ovals - each about two Tic Tacs high.  Remember Good-n-Plenties?  Kinda like those.  

Then I lightly inked up the stamp with some black and carefully pressed the clay in.  Two things - one, you don't want to mush the clay.  The ink will smear and that won't be pretty at all.  Just press it in gently.  Two, I speared each bead first, so I could handle the metal spear and not touch the clay after it was lifted.

When I was happy with the beads - I baked them for 15 minutes in a 275 degree oven.  Then I speared them into my big hunk of white Sculpey to cool.
 
When they were cool to the touch - I coated them in a Sculpey Glaze.  This will protect them and give them a nice sheen.  I was careful not to paint over the spears because I want those to come out.

Yesterday I made my necklace with the round pendant.  I put a white bead on the bottom and a small silver one on the top and looped it around a black cord.


I'm pretty pleased with it.  I think it looks kinda like a stone.  I haven't made the earrings yet. I'm still debating a few design choices.  I'll post them when they are done.

In other news - I have lost a library book somewhere in this house and I'm going CRAZY trying to find it.  All the logical places have been searched several times and now I'm left with completely crazy places like Magoo's room or the trunk of my car.  I think this is the first library book I have ever lost and I'm quite perturbed!!!

 

6 comments:

Jessica said...

OMG Julie, those are SO COOL!!!!
You should totally make more and sell them on Etsy!!

Are they printed on both sides? I bet they say something really sexy! I always get a kick out of westernized use of Asian writing and think that the people at the factory where they are made got cheeky and wrote some really nasty words so they could laugh at us when we use or wear them.

Make more, make more!!

Julie_c said...

You're probably right. I often wonder if I'm advertising porn.

äiti said...

Isn't it so satisfying to have an idea and then bring it to fruition so successfully?

I really love these.

Good luck finding the book. I was going to suggest looking in your car. My other suggestion would be to look through your bags.

Have you asked Magoo? My guys, especially Aki, have a great memory and have helped me locate lost items.

Shelley said...

I love these. Maybe someday a friend will be able to tell you what your pedant says. In the mean time I think you should make up something profound and impossibly long to recite when people ask you.

A good friend of mine sent me stationery from Korea where she taught a while back. English "poems" had been printed on the paper. It not intended for English speakers. I wish I had kept them. The poems were like, "Bear and tea afternoon... Ah, flower hissing beside. Relax..." Just bizarre. Some made sense in a truly absurd way.

Natalie said...

These are lovely!

Shelley's comment abou tthe Korean "English" stationary made me chuckle, because I saw that kind of thing all the time when I lived in Japan. I wish I'd written them down!

Chicklebee said...

Mwah, ah, ah [that was an evil laugh...] my bad library karma is rubbing off on you!

Beautiful earings! What an awesome idea! Is there any craft you CAN"T do!?!?!?! We need to get you knitting! Right Jess!