that is never the question. The question is “What sort of bead is that?” With the rise and rise of polymer clay jewellery I am often asked by my clients “What’s the difference and why do I have to pay more?”
My beads are made a variety of ways. They are all porcelain but some like the middle one in the image above has been hand rolled, then fired once in a kiln, it was then dipped in glaze and fired a second time.
Others been hand coloured. I start with a liquid clay to which I add my preferred colour. The clay is then dried to a workable consistency before the beads are hand rolled into different shapes. The beads are then put in the kiln for firing.
I do many preliminary tests on my colours to develop different hues. It is all very time consuming, but the end result is a product which has a warmth in its texture and a pleasant irregularity which makes my necklaces wonderful to wear.
I won’t comment on polymer jewellery because I don’t know enough about the process involved in using it. What I do know is that my beads are a products of many hours of trial and error and accumulated experience working with clay. The colours are unique to me because I have developed them in my studio. The beads are irregular because each one is personally hand rolled by me (usually whilst watching bad daytime TV).
And I know this is often said in the craft world but they are truly a ‘one of a kind’ piece of jewellery because I don’t know how to make them any other way.
PS: Apologies for the bad images. I seem to be having problems with my Photoshop program. If you would like to see clearer images please go to my Etsy shop.