I have been making and painting a range of beads I like to call my paisley beads.
There are quite a few steps involved in making these colourful beads. I shape each bead by hand. This is then left to dry to the leatherhard stage, this means it is not completely dry but not soft enough to mold either. I use a green scourer to sand and refine each shape. If the bead has a particularly curly end I use a round file inside the curve to get a nice smooth shape.
Once the beads have been refined, they are ready for designs to be penciled on.
I then paint underglazes on this process can take up to 1/2 an hour for both sides to be painted.
They are the bisque fired to around 1000oc After the bisque firing the beads are glazed in a clear gloss and fired again to 1080 – 1100oc
And here is the final product.