Saturday, July 07, 2007

Colorful Beads Pendants and Buttons By BOC Artists

I recently checked out the Beads of Clay photos on Flickr! and was excited to see so much color. It always amazes me that ceramic bead artists can create such tiny colorful wonders with clay. I want to devote this post to some of these amazing, brightly colored beads, buttons and pendants. You can click on any of the pictures to find out more about the artist and see their Flickr! portfolio.

Red and White
Originally uploaded by marlasmud

This is a great and colorful pendant by Marlasmud. Really exciting colors.

Originally uploaded by annieo2006

Gorgeous flower bead
by annieo2006

Flaming Heart Bead
Originally uploaded by Earthenwood Beads

These colors are truly flaming hot. A wonderfully playful bead by Melanie at Earthewood.

Gorgeous pinks by Joan Tucker at

spotted fish
Originally uploaded by rusmar31

Wild and full of fantasy, this fish button by rusmar31

These jackets are so different, colorful and fun.
They are by embroideredsoul

Salsa bead bracelet
Originally uploaded by LadyBrook

Brightly painted salsa beads by LadyBrook

Colors and unique shapes from Natalie Gillihan

Ladybug Leaf Pendant
Originally uploaded by Shaterra Clay

Beautiful color combinations so skillfully achieved from
shaterra clay

Great red and silver combo by Lisa Peters Art.

long bead
Originally uploaded by MillerPorcelain

Incredible color and skill from Joan Miller of MillerPorcelain

Originally uploaded by gaeac

Gaea's beautiful Day of the Dead necklace from gaeac

Originally uploaded by Dilán

Exciting colors from Dilan

Tile Pendant
Originally uploaded by la_v_i_k_a

Great yellows in a cool format by vika

New Tie Dye Buttons
Originally uploaded by claybuttons

These incredible Tie Dye buttons are from Claybuttons. Hard to imagine how she did this. Cool.

A cameo in an incredible color by Yolanda Miramontes

Cameo Pendant
Originally uploaded by yoli miramontes

I guess I didn't want to leave myself out. A multicolored pendant with several stringing holes for added decoration by MaryHarding of MaryHardingJewelry.

These great colors are achieved by skillful use of glazes. My all time favorite for lowfire earthenware clay is Mayco Stroke and Coat. These glazes come in a wide selection of colors and are very reliable. If you want really bright colors you need to put on three coats. I often don't use such bright colors and with one or two coats you get more of a watercolor effect with Stroke and Coat. I have recently seen that Duncan has come out with some very bright Neon Colors. I expect to have the purple and light green in the kiln by tonight. Duncan also makes a line of colors like Stroke and Coat but I haven't tried them.
For high fire clays like porcelain and stoneware Spectrum and Georgie's make good glazes. But that is not an area that I know much about. A good subject for another blog post.


  1. Thanks for showing my flaming heart! You have a nice collection of fun beads showing here!

    How did you get the pics on your blog? Some fun Flickr tool?

  2. Thank you for the comment Melanie. If you are in Flickr! and pull up a photo at the top there are some choices. one is blog this. then you go thru some steps to get your blog connected to Flickr. Once i blogged the photo I then copied and pasted it to my blog and then deleted the individual blog of the photo. Does this make sense?

  3. thanks I will have to play with that!

  4. Hi Mary!! Great collection of color!! Thank you for putting my salsa beads in your post!! I am impressed at such savy computer tricks and knowledge you and many of the artists in our BoC & FCA groups! I am feeling my way around..takes me a while! Thanks again Mary!

  5. Hi Mary!

    Just catching up on linking and found your mention of my yellow rose tile pendant--thank you! Yup, an appealing yellow is hard to arrive at. But, pairing it with adjacent colors on the color wheel helps tone it down and make it more appealing, especially if you use the same yellow as the base for the harmonizing/analogous color(s).


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