I love this above cinnamon glaze.
And the abundance of finished beads for the Bead & Button show in a few days is exciting!
But sometimes in the studio I get to see pretty things that disappear into more solid things and I wanted to share a pretty moment of mixing glaze colors (Mayco Stroke and Coat) to make a new glaze color.
Above is the finished color all mixed and a finished, fired bead. You can see it loses the powdery pastel of the dried glaze.
These are just about to go into the final pre-show glaze firing.
Above are my 13+ year used Roselli bead trees. I love the patina they have achieved over the years…
And above is a pic of what a just opened post-firing full of finished beads (cone 5 is around 2230 degrees F – which takes about 8 hours to reach, then 16 to cool back down).
Check out my Instagram and Facebook for kiln firing opening pics 🙂
With the Bead and Button Show (Milwaukee, WI) right around the corner I have been nonstop glazing and firing beads!
This is what I unloaded last night!
Oh the colors!
I just love the way the glazes puddle on this chocolate stoneware…
It feels like Christmas opening the kiln!
And then there is my quality control expert Peeves our cat. I think that late at night her attitude is a bit more “Woman they look fine, now put them down and give me some scratching & petting. Dang!”
So today I will be glazing even more!
I am pretty delighted so far and hope nothing interrupts this flow.
I thought it might be a good idea to have a Pinterest Friendly photo of my Beaded Silk Bracelet Design.
For full directions and supply kits, check out my previous blog post HERE.
YouTube Video HERE.
Do you want to make an adult version of simple braided jewelry that you can use as wrap bracelets?
You can purchase Marsha Neal Studio Beaded Silk Cord Wrap Bracelet Kit supplies in over 20 color palettes through my Etsy shop.
Printable pdf directions: Beaded Silk Bracelet Instructions Marsha Neal Studio
Here is where you start:
The 2mm silk is 40 to 42″ long.
The 1mm cotton Cord is about a yard (ends cut to a point to put beads on).
With a consistent braid, I use between 45 and 50 of the TR5 Miyuki glass beads.
My wrist is a solid 7″ wrist (to measure my wrist, I wrapped a string around my wrist – comfortably – not tight or loose). The finished bracelet length for a double wrap around my wrist is from the button to the end of the loop: 15.5″. By this calculation, I’ve added an inch and half to the doubled size of my wrist (7″ + 7″ + 1.5″ = 15.5″).
If I want to wear layers of these, I may make some that are slightly larger so that they can go further up my arm.
If yours is too long after you are done, you can always try tying a “decorative knot” somewhere in the braid to shorten the length. Or you may just have to find a friend to give it to, and make yourself another, learning from the previous one.
Fabric glue or epoxy (such as E6000 – a flexible epoxy) should be used in a well ventilated area. Please read and follow instructions for the product you choose.
For those of you that want instructions printed, click below and you can download the pdf (you may need to print at 95% if the edges get cut off). And you will need adobe acrobat reader to view the pdf.
Thanks to Sara and Kyla of Sarafina Art House for helping me with this video! CLICK HERE.
For a few years now I have had the inkling to use the 2mm hand painted silks I carry (from Ute of Silk Painting Is Fun) for some sort of wrap bracelet, but have lacked in the pulling of any solid idea together.
When it was time to submit product for Beads 2015 (Stringing Magazine Fall) I decided to commit. I came up with the idea of using these TR5 Miyuki triangle glass beads, threaded onto a piece of waxed cotton (not the sticky waxed cotton, but the smooth kind). I added a 2mm silk ribbon folded in half, and simply braided the three cords together, leaving a bead on the waxed cotton as I worked.
Happily they did select these to be in their “cord” section, and you’ll be seeing my Evening Forest Color palette in that issue later this summer!
I have a difficult time when it comes to limiting myself with colors. I really have an addiction to color and texture, and add some slight OCD to it (or rather hyper focus) and you’ve got a lot of product. Here is one of my first mixes that I created: Originally titled “Marsha’s Happy Mix” it is now know as Jewel Tones since it really has some rich muted hues.
And instead of just making pretty mixes to be used on any color of silk, I decided to use what I’ve got. My Silk Color Palettes – which for the most part consist of 5 color strands!
This one below is my Halloween Orange Black Silk palette. I went one by one and picked out beads that I felt were in a good color family.
All braided up and ready for their closure button…
I started out by picking a few of my favorite Silk Color Palettes:
Woodland Realm, Stormy Waters, Vintage Rose, Caribbean Blue Green…
But then that addictive personality came out and was determined to complete the line. If I have all of these beautiful silk color palettes, and all of these beads that I can create with, why not offer all kinds of colors so that everyone can find something (because you know there is always going to be that person that asks for the one I didn’t make into a bracelet kit).
Besides – I LOVE color! And Texture.
And these little glass beads look like gems on this very soft and smooth silk!
Oh. What is not to love about these…
So 20 color palettes are picked, the design is created – and well tested and worn (they pair quite lovely with other fiber bracelets). Instructions are done and a couple of quick make and take classes at Sarafina Art House, and I am just about ready to launch these!
I am right now working on four listing for these in my Marsha Neal Studio Etsy shop (so much easier to use Etsy than overhaul my website at the moment):
One complete kit to make 5 wrap bracelets (with my ceramic disc bead/button).
One kit to make 5 wrap bracelets (without my ceramic buttons as you may have your own).
The other two are going to be these braided and available as a cord only, ready for you to finish (with or without my ceramic disc bead).
And hopefully I will be working with Sara and Kyla from Sarafina Art House to create a quick video tutorial on how to make these! I am trying to get my brain around that and really limit what I need to say. Not such an easy task when I get super excited about these and all of the possibilities you have once they are in your hands!