|The object of the project|
Below you see all the tools needed for this project:
|The tools for the project|
1 - Metallic pen refill
2 - Recycled (up-cycled?) small petal tool made from old radio antenna
3 - Bigger piece from the same antenna, used for the middle part of the daisies
4 - One of our favorite carving knives (started originally as wax carving tool for dental technicians)
5 - The stainless steel tool for the holes of the beads
|Smooth round beads|
For more details on making round beads you can check our previous post here
|Carving the ladybug|
Then let it set for some time (The amount of time is dependent on the temperature and the humidity.). In general you should start carving the moment when the bead's surface is hard enough so you have sharp, clean lines, but is also soft enough so the lines will go deep enough. This takes practice, but once you figure the right timing it works pretty good. When we carve the ladybug's outside lines we use only the small carving knife.
In this picture you see how we use a pen refill to make the small dots on the ladybug's wings
The next step is to make the middle part of the daisy with the bigger tube.
Now you see that we started the daisy's petals - The tool we are using was made especially for making those petals.
The last step - again with the pen refill we place one more dot in the middle of the daisy.
Here you see a completed Ladybug and a flower. We will do more design work on this bead so that the design is all the way around the bead, just like the finished bead at the start of this post.
Here are many more of our designs utilizing the same or similar techniques.
We hope this tutorial helps you to understand the steps we take in creating our beads and pendants. Next month's Muddy Monday post will show and explain how we glaze our pieces.
Vlad & Kremena
Golem Design Studio