Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MEMORY BEADS (Continued)

I made this cross for my brother in law from the rose petals from his mother's funeral.
I embedded the petals in pearl clay.  The Celtic cutter is about 4 inches long so I laid sheets that I textured on the top and bottom before I cut through it to make it thicker.  I baked the cross and then made the base the same way.  I embedded the cross in the base with a generous helping of Genesis to make sure it stuck and then baked it.  It's antiqued with gold iridescent paint.

I made a stamp on the back that says 1913 to 2014.  It's very tiny and I had a little trouble with the paint in order for the numbers to be seen.  You can see the rose petals in the clay in this picture.

I put the petals in a glass jar and they sure do have  strong odor.

The lavender beads in these bracelets are made with translucent clay and rose petals.  That's the color that the clay turned from the rose petals.


khigh said...

Your memory beads are lovely! I have been experimenting and it seems like most of my beads come out grayish instead of this lovely lavender that yours are. What brand of translucent clay are you using? How do you avoid losing the color of the flowers when you bake it? I am looking forward to reading more of your blog posts! :)

Bonnie Kreger at B-LEE KREATIONS said...

Hi khigh. When I make my translucent beads I usually use Fimo but I also put a drop of alcohol ink in the clay to give it a color.

khigh said...

Thanks! I found your entry about pardo and embossing powder too. I think I'll try both of those options. What kind of glaze do you use?

Bonnie Kreger at B-LEE KREATIONS said...

It depends on what I'm making. For beads, I use Sculpey glaze that I water down a little and I put 3 coats on them. Then, I rebake them at 200 degrees for an hour.

I was using Varathane but the smell gave me a headache.