Sunday, May 13, 2007

Ceramic Bead Making Raku Part III A Closer Look at the Beads

This is Part III of my Raku Bead Making Series in which I take a closer look at the beads I created in the Firing on Part II of the video.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Saturday, May 05, 2007

More Raku Excitement

Recently I purchased a 20 jar sample pack from Georgie's of premixed raku glazes. These are ideal for a beadmaker as it could take a very long time to use them all us. I am also hoping to find some exciting colors. Well, I tried two of them out on May Day. One came out great, called Copper Penny. It is an incredible antique deep jade green sometimes and many iridescent colors other times. I will post the pics of the pieces below. Since I am only firing to 1700 degrees F. the other color I tried did not come out. But I am sure there are more in the box that will work.

Also related to Raku, I have posted a 3 part video series on YouTube of me making raku beads in my small Paragon SC3 kiln. I have been inspired by Tonya Davidson of Whole Lotta Whimsy and Sue Ki Wilcox. I have added a few of my own ideas. This film is in a funky, very direct style to get the info across. I am still new to video editing so there are a few errors but the info is good and useful to anyone who wants to see one way of doing it. I also tried experimenting this week will letting the beads touch even if they are glazed. This is a much faster way of stringing the beads on the wire but I had a lot of casualites and think I will go back to the safer method of separating them with a crimp in the wire.

Raku Bead Video Part III