Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Bead Measurer Demo

Take some clay and make a ball. If you want a big beads, use more clay. I suggest making a lot of these and doing a bit of experimenting. At the very least, make five balls and have five sizes in mind: ex-small, small, medium, large, and ex-large.

Push it flat with your hand and turn it over so the flat side is on top.

Make an indention. If you want a precise measurements (say 10 mm, 12 mm, 14 mm, 16 mm and so on, my suggestion would to make about 20+ balls and start making different sized indentions.

Guestimate Guestimate Guestimate. These will be your sizes of beads. Make as many of these as you feel like making. Let it dry and bisque-fire it to Cone 06. This is your OWN personal Bead Measurer!

This is a porcelain bead measurer that I've already bisque-fired. Using your thumb, push in some clay and scrape the rest off. This is why it is important to have a flat top. Use the same pressure with every bead.

Pull it out. In order to pull it out, you'll have to really push in with your finger and then pull. If your clay is too wet, forget it. If your clay is too dry, it cracks when you try to roll it. But when the clay is moist and plastic, the beads are easy to pull out.

Because my clay is not too wet, I don't have to wait before poking the holes. Put them under plastic if you are making a lot of beads so they won't dry out too quickly.

After you have glaze-fired your bead, measure it with a pair of calipers. Those will be your sizes of beads.

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