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Ceramic pottery beads for jewelry projects, macramé, dreadlocks

Updated on September 22, 2016
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K.D. Martel is a writer, published author and artist working from her studio in the province of Québec, Canada.

Looking for high quality beads that are as hard as stone, waterproof, heatproof and resist the cold? Whether you are a jewelry maker, fibre project creator or searching for that special unique bead to put on your dreadlocks; you can’t go wrong with kiln fired pottery beads.

I use a stoneware pottery clay that fires up to 2000F (1093C) and is very durable and shockproof. Once the clay items are fired, I usually proceed with the glazing and fire it again at 1888F.

The process is long; air drying the clay is the most important step. If the clay has a smidgen of moisture in it, there is a good chance it will explode in during the firing! Opening the kiln to see all your hard work in a million pieces is very discouraging.

One the clay is dry enough for me to carve it, I draw the image I want engraved and proceed to do the dusty process of creating my design. Yes, many potters will press their clay into molds or stamp them therefore increasing productivity; but I like to carve each one individually. I like the aspect of unique one of a kind creations. I end up with a slight case of tendonitis in my wrist afterwards for a day or so, but the result is well worth it.

People appreciate receiving high quality beads that are unique and not mass produced which gives that extra sparkle to their own handmade jewelry or fibre projects.

See my work here.

© 2016 K D Martel


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