Someone asked for a tutorial on the ribbed beads with the twisted ends that are shown in the header of my blog and in the photo above.
Here's the process:
|Start with any color you like. This is on the thickest setting of my machine.|
|Add other colors and put through pasta machine multiple times to blend it. Put it into the pasta rollers in the same direction every time to end up with stripes.|
|I didn't think I had enough colors so I added more.|
|Use a long bolt to create the ribs. Make sure it will be long enough to cover your bead form.|
|Line a pre-baked bead up at the end of the sheet making sure to keep holes pointing out to each end of the sheet..|
|Wrap ribbed sheet around the bead. Trim and fit where the start and end of the sheet meet.|
|Twist it a bit more.|
|Slice off the ends to make them straight and gently pat the edges to round them.|
|Brush the whole bead with a mixture of carbon black Pearl Ex and a tiny pinch of Pearl Ex gold for shimmer.|
Bake according to the instructions for your clay.
|And there you have it!|