Each of these five beads has a different shape but all share the metallic green glaze with hints of brown and black. This bundle is made up of one drop bead and four round textured beads that have holes large enough for 2 - 3 mm cord. The glaze on these beads blend well with stone, wood, glass or fiber beads.
The listing is for the five beads in the pictures.
I formed each of these beads by hand using porcelain or stoneware clays. They are then textured, and cleaned up before their first firing in the kiln. Next they are stained, glazed and cleaned up one more time. For the last step they are suspended on wires so they are not touching anything or each other and fired fired in a raku kiln to almost 2000 F.
The beads are pulled from the kiln when they are red hot and put in an airtight container with combustible material. The resulting fire consumes the oxygen in the container. This lack of oxygen causes the metallic and iridescent effect associated with raku. Each firing is unique and the results can vary widely.
The last step is to scrub each bead with a toothbrush to remove the residue from the fire. Now they are ready for you to use in your jewelry designs.