It is Bead Table Wednesday today. I am showing two photos of some beads I am making out of two different clay bodies. The photo above is a tray of stoneware beads that have been bisque fired. The flowers were inspired by the ArtBeadScene monthly challenge painting by Paul Gauguin. I just love his work and that painting. I especially like the blues and greens and his wonderful intense reds. I am going to try to make these flowers a red color that is deep and rich. If it were my usual earthenware clay body and glazes I would probably not have any difficulty doing that. But I am going to try to make the red with the cone5 glazes that I have. In any case, I won't be ready to enter the challenge. But the inspiration is has been great. I am happy is I finish the work by next month. I just love the opportunity to try out new colors and beads.
This picture is of a tray of bisque fired Frost Porcelain beads. I found this clay great for stamping and cutting out with a cutter. But to cut with a knife as I tried to do with the leaves, I found it to be sticky and very difficult to work with. The stoneware in the first tray is so much easier to work with. The small white buttons on the top left are made by my friend Cait.
I hope you will visit all of the offerings on today's Bead Table. You can get there easily by clicking on the BTW button on my sidebar.
Thank you for look and feasting on beads today.