|Porcelain Sand Dollars|
|Ready to start|
Once I have enough, the clay is speared from one side to the other with a skewer. This takes a bit of practice. The clay is so thin that it’s easy to come out in the wrong place!
|The start of the bead|
The top edge of the cut circle is pressed to make a rounded edge.
|Starting to form|
A small slice of clay is removed from the front and back of the bead by cutting down to the skewer with a wire loop tool.
|Cutting the first hole|
Marks are made on the bead to show where to cut through for the holes in the design.
I poke through the clay with a needle tool.
Then lightly draw the shape of the central ‘flower’ of the urchin.
Using a flat sharp sculpting tool, shallow cuts are made all the way round the shape to create the top design.
|Carving the details|
And the flower is drawn on the back.
|Sculpting the shape|
Once the beads are leather hard, they are sponged to smooth any rough edges, and when completely dry, they go in to the kiln.
|Smoothed and finished|
I fired them unglazed for a natural finish. These will be coming along to the Stourbridge bead fair with me this weekend... Hope to see you there!