you can see part 1 here,
you can see part 2 here,
you can see part 3 here,
you can see part 4 here,
Well, I am going to post this on a wednesday even though it is saved for Wonders. I do not feel bad doing this because it is a wonder I am still moving through this series. I have taken and edited 100's of pictures, given a lot of techniques, and I find, I am still scratching the surface here, so I continue.
As always click on pictures to make them larger.
You will need:
Flower canes already made
the one made in part 5 http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/03/african-trade-beads-part-5.html
and the one made in part 3 http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/03/african-trade-beads-part-3.html
Clay Blade- SB
Bamboo Skewer- 2mm
Ruler (if you wish)
Needle Tool- PRO
Links for products will lead to my Hubby's store http://www.clayfactory.net/
Thank you for shopping at the Clay Factory, not just a clay store anymore.;-D
Roll the cane from part 5 down to a little less than 3/8".
You can use the ruler to cut your beads or you can use the first cut bead to measure the others you cut.
Once the bead is round you can pierce the bead by drilling through one side with the needle tool.
You can see the needle starting to push out the bead on the opposite side.
Drill out the needle tool.
Bake on a piece of corrugated cardboard box top and bake the bead sitting on the hole.
If you bake the bead sitting on the hole so that if there is a flat spot from settling while baking it will have another bead there when strung and will not be seen.
We are going to make a block of cane rods that can be used for making beads or for rolling out canes sheets for covering items.
Roll it down to 3/8" or a little under.
This is them standing on the end of the canes.
Slide the blade down the outside of the top cane and the bottom one cutting the middle one in half. It will probably stick to your blade.
The cane ends now become what I call the face of the block.
Turn the block on the sides of the block and compact the canes together.
Pull up the outside edges around the skewer.
Match the edges and close them around the skewer.
Roll again on your work surface to even it out.
I have the sharp edge on the left side of the blade.
If I have a small section of bead left I cut small spacer beads.
Usually about 1/8" to 3/16" long.
Here are the beads so far. I am stopping here.
I will continue with the rest of the beads in the next part.
Ta ta for now!