Textured Tube Beads on Etsy

Any time I’ve been away for a while from the practice of making beads, I find I need an easy re-entry to get things moving again in the studio.  These beads are perfect.  I roll out a batch of core beads to start with.  It’s a straightforward task with zero creative demands.  It’s quick and (with practice) easy.  At the end, I have a pile of blank beads, canvases awaiting my attention.

Part of the beauty of the process is the way that the textures are created and imparted to the beads.  First, I make plates, which I treat both raw and cured. When raw, I imprint the clay with simple implements in a repetitive fashion.  After curing, I carve the plate.  With a library of these tools, I need only properly layer colored clay over my core beads, and I am able to pull a whole galaxy of differing beads off a single plate.

Some detail treatment, sanding, and polishing, and I have a little box full of joy to remind me why I love this process so much, and propel me into the next challenge.

I’ve posted five pairs on Etsy, and there are more to come.

Available from GrantDiffendaffer on Etsy

Available from GrantDiffendaffer on Etsy

Available from GrantDiffendaffer on Etsy

Available from GrantDiffendaffer on Etsy

Available from GrantDiffendaffer on Etsy

Available from GrantDiffendaffer on Etsy

Available from GrantDiffendaffer on Etsy

Available from GrantDiffendaffer on Etsy

Available from GrantDiffendaffer on Etsy

Available from GrantDiffendaffer on Etsy

It’s a great way to get the wheels turning again.  Starting with a process that resembles nothing so much as doodling, I end up with refined and elegant beads.  If this interests you, check out my book, Polymer Clay Beads.  Or take a workshop.

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