How to Make Professional Jewelry Beads With Cold Porcelain Clay

Many lamp work bead artists use glass to make their beautiful bead creations but did you know that you can make gorgeous handmade beads with cold porcelain clay?
Here is a quick tutorial on how to make gorgeous handmade beads with cold porcelain clay.
First choose the colors you would like to work with. I love mixing bright colors with metallic or gold colors for a special kind of pop. First make sure to condition each color of clay properly to eliminate air bubbles and to reduce cracking. To condition your clay means to knead it or work the clay with your hands. Some people use a pasta machine to help flatten and knead the clay but only do this if the clay is firm because if the clay is very soft it may get stuck in the machine.
Next you can take a piece of clay and start rolling it into a ball. You can also take two small pieces of clay and lightly mix them together to get a color swirl. Once you’re done getting a very nice round shape you can place the ball of clay on a piece of foil to dry. Some artist may create the hold in the bead before it dries but sometimes it’s best to do it when it is half dried just to prevent distorting the bead. Once the bead is half dried and you make the hole that you want you can let it finish drying.
When it has fully dried you can sand paint or varnish the bead. You can also add embelishments to your bead to get the lamp work effect on your beads.  After you’ve painted or added any thing you desire you can next varnish your bead with a waterproof varnish and or gloss and let dry. When finished not only is your bead durable but also very gorgeous and can be used to make some of the most gorgeous pieces of jewelry.  If you are a professional bead maker who makes lots of beads at a time and can’t wait for cold porcelain clay to dry you can purchase a dehydrator.  This will allow you to dry a large amount of beads in a faster time. you can also dry larger clay pieces in the dehydrator and leave it running overnight. It works great.  The great advantage in using cold porcelain clay to make beads is that cold porcelain clay can immatate just about any kind of medium. it can look like glass, ceramic, porcelain plastic, metal and more! If you can’t afford glass lamp work beads you can make your own faux glass lamp work beads with cold porcelain clay. I sure hope this mini info tutorial helps with your many bead creation. To check out our clay and other craft items you can visit us at
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The Difference Between Cold Porcelain And Other Air Dry Clay

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Many People still don’t know about cold porcelain clay. It’s a clay that originally came from Argentina.  It is very popular over there and sometimes can be expensive.  The only way to get cold porcelain clay is to have it imported from Argentina, but it on the internet or make it yourself. Although the ingredients are easy to find and the process sounds easy. It really isn’t that easy to make yourself and you may end up wasting money trying to get the formula correct. If you are determined to make it yourself though just remember practice makes perfect. There are lots of different versions of the recipe online and  you can try them all to see which one is best for you and your needs.
There are quite a few different types of air drying clay on the market in stores and a few good recipes online. However there is a difference between cold porcelain and other air drying clay. Most air dry clay are porous making the texture a bit rough where as cold porcelain clay has a smooth finish when dried. In fact that is how they got the name cold porcelain because it looks like porcelain when dried.

Another distinctive different between cold porcelain and other air dry clay is the hardness and durability when dried.  Cold Porcelain gets very hard when dried. So hard it’s as if it was fired in a kiln. This is why many people use this clay for things like ceramic repairs, sculpting and modeling, cake toppers, Jewelry & Jewelry beads and more!. Cold porcelain can also be made into thin pieces without breaking. This gives many artist the ability to make delicate leaves and petals for artificial floral arrangements.
Cold Porcelain clay can be used for play as well as professional use and the greatest part of cold porcelain is that it’s non toxic. No ingredients that you cannot pronounced are added. But again remember that there are many different versions of the recipe online so be aware of some of the recipes that people put dangerous chemicals in.  Typically the recipe calls for no harsh toxic chemicals. Stacie Laurell Crafts Clay are made with all natural and non toxic ingredients.  If you haven’t tried cold porcelain clay yet you are truly missing out! 
To purchase some air dry cold porcelain you can visit our store on Ebay http://stores.ebay.com/Stacie-Laurell-Crafts  Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/STACIELAURELL?ref=hdr_shop_menu  or Stacielaurellcrafts.com 
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Stacie Laurell Crafts Clay Kits

Have you ever tried Stacie Laurell Crafts Clay? It quite nice and I urge you to try it if you haven’t already. Introducing our newest item the 14 pcs clay set. This clay set comes with gorgeous colors such as sun-kissed yellow, fire red, electric blue, translucent pink, white and more! You can keep your clay in this case and use when ready. Great size for travel and also makes  a great birthday gift, Christmas gift and special event!. This clay is an air drying clay so they clay may start to dry out over time. This is why it is recommended that you wrap the case in a plastic wrap just like the one it arrives in. The small compact sizes hold 25-26 grams and the two larger ones in the middle holds 2 ounces each. This gift would be great for those who love to make charms and great for children as well as adults. This is also a great kit to make jewelry beads and pendants with. You can use this great travel kit over and over again. All of the compartments snaps shut. If you do run into some hardening issues with the clay over time you can purchase Stacie Laurell Clay Conditioning Lotion. This lotion restores the clay to it’s original state leaving it smooth pliable and smelling great!

Visit Stacie Laurell Crafts to buy yours today!

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Inspiration

Originally posted on Bridget Macklin:

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Adam Buick, Small Jars.

I have been looking at a number of artists during the research stage of my current Journey project and thought I would share with you two of the artists whose work I love and from whom I am drawing a great deal of inspiration at the moment.  The first is Adam Buick  whose work is itself inspired by the landscape but also by Korean Moon Jars which are his signature piece.  I first encountered him at Ceramic Art London in 2013 where he was showing a film called Earth to Earth which I found very exciting.  Since then I have searched out his work wherever I go and it never ceases to thrill me. http://vimeo.com/26597673.  I love the way that he reflects and also makes use of the landscape within his pots and I find the multiple similar shapes intriguing.

The second artist whose work has…

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