Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday 3-30-11

                                           


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.

12 comments:

  1. Ohh, I see hearts:-) Love those!

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  2. Oh I just love those flowers in the top picture, Mary!! And my van is fixed!!! So I can come over any day! You fired my buttons??!! You are the best! xo

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  3. I love those flowers, they are going to be spectacular in bright vivid red!!

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  4. I do really love the flwers. Can wait what you will create with them...

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  5. Those flowers are awesome! I am going to be late on the ABS thing as well (unless the studio elves whip something up tonight!) and I am the hostess of the blog hop tomorrow! Yikes!
    Can't wait to see what you do.
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  6. I am looking forward to seeing them glazed!

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  7. The flowers are fabulous and I can't wait to see the glazes you use!

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  8. I think I'm in love with the flowers! Can't wait to see what they'll look like glazed.

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  9. Oh so pretty! I am love with those beads...I can't wait to see them glazed!

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  10. Thank you all for such encouraging and positive comments. I appreciate hearing from you.

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  11. Interesting -- I've worked with clay a little and I didn't realize that different types were better for cutting vs stamping etc. Really like the shapes you're working with and look forward to seeing them glazed.

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  12. What a great lot of beads and flowers! Hope the reds turn out good...
    I agree on porcelain being a bit sticky sometimes..;)
    Thank You for the comment about my brooches! I also think those wild cuts are nice.... they where made from pieces of a "broken" (still quite soft) shell I was making for my garden...gave me the idea :-)

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