Friday, April 1, 2011

African Trade Beads -part 8

This is a series of African trade bead primary patterns, this is part 8,

you can see part 1 here,

you can see part 2 here,

you can see part 3 here,

you can see part 4 here,

you can see part 5 here,

you can see part 6 here,

you can see part 7 here,

As I said this is one of my favorites.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
If you are feeling stressed smile and breathe.

You will need:
Poppy Red Cernit 900-428
Terra Cotta Cernit 900-839
Opaque White Cernit 900-027
Green Cernit 900-600
Caramel Cernit 900-807
Yellow Cernit 900-700
Porcelain White 905-010- 1.1 pound package
Clay Blade-SB
Makin's Clay Extruder and triangle disk that comes with it
Extruder disk set 1 triangle
Makin's Clay Machine
double ended knitting needle

Links for products will lead to my Hubby's store

Thank you for shopping at the Clay Factory, not just a clay store anymore.;-D

I mixed Opaque White and the Yellow with equal amounts of the porcelain white.
I mixed a half block of Poppy Red and Caramel together and then with an equal amount of Porcelain White to make the Brick Red color.
I mixed a 1/3 of a block of the Green with 3 times the amount of Porcelain white.

Roll out a coil of Yellow that is 3" long.

Make the coil 5/8" in diameter.

Roll out a sheet of the Poppy red and Terra Cotta mix. Cut the leading edge at an angle with your blade and trim the sides for straight edges.

Roll the yellow coil back to pick up the edge.

Roll the yellow coil up in the sheet of the Brick red color and roll over on the opposite side of the brick red sheet. Make the mark with the leading edge cut gently and roll back. Cut just inside the line that you have made with your blade and make it the opposite angle from the leading edge cut. Roll the coil up , match the edges and close the seam. Roll on the work surface a little.

Load up the barrel of the clay extruder using the triangle shown It is the one that comes in disk set 1.

Extrude a full barrel of clay.

Cut the Triangles to the length of your center coil.

Place them on the outside of the coil leaving about 1/8" separating each one. 

I fit 9 of them around the outside of the center. You might want to stand the center on one of its ends while you do this so you do not distort the triangles.

Roll out a sheet of the opaque white mix on the thickest setting in the clay machine. Trim the leading edge so it is straight and make the sides of the sheet the width of the center.

Wrap up the center gently in the white sheet and tuck in one end of the white sheet in to the gap between two of the triangles with the knitting needle. You will need to be very gently with this process so as not to destroy your points on your triangles. Cradle the center in your hands when you have to hold it. Your patience and attention to detail will be worth it. Tuck the other end in to the area of the first end you tucked in.

Gently now, indent the areas between the triangles with your finger all the way around. Then you will take the knitting needle and lay it in the indents and push a little. Do this all the way around the center wrapped in white. We are going to indent deeper and deeper all the way around a little at a time.

Keep indenting gently.

Like this.

Load up the barrel of the clay extruder with the green mix. Use the flattened triangle that comes with the clay extruder.

Extrude the full barrel.

Cut the extruded triangles to the length of the center.

Lay the triangle point first in to the dips in the white you made with the knitting needle. Roll this gently on the work surface after you have placed all of the green triangles.

Choke the cane in the dip between the thumb and the forefinger and squeeze a waist in the cane. Turning a little and squeezing. Moving up from the middle.
Turn the cane over and start again twisting and squeezing.

Squeeze like this.

Roll the cane after you have reduced it to half the size.
Start with your hands in the middle and roll them and the cane forward with smoothness from the fingertips to the back of the palm of your hand. The roll smoothly back to your fingertips again. At the same time you are moving your hands away from each other, not fast but slowly and smoothly. Once you get to the out sides of the cane pick you hands up and start in the middle again. Pretend I have two hands in the picture.

Use the clay slicing blade and push the blade forward as you roll the cane forward to cut the cane.
Tah Dah!!!
Part 9


  1. marie, i have been missing in action (having a ball!) so i have to catch up on these beads. again i think you are amazing.

    is there someone/somewhere who produces instructional videos and books, because YOU are the perfect teacher?

    i'll be back in touch soon. meanwhile, i am smiling and breathing even as i look at a to-do list of 1,013 chores, demands, and wonderful wishes.


  2. You are so generous, Marie. You should put all these tutorials on a disk and sell them. Or something. Thanks again.

  3. Your work is so amazing Marie! These beads are so pretty. Wishing you an awesome weekend my friend!


  4. Esta caña me ha encantado, voy a ponerla en práctica.Parece super facil. Gracias por los tutoriales y su generosidad. Estos trabajos últimos tienen mucho colorido y alegran la vista. Sus creaciones de corazones son espectaculares y auténticos, la felicito. Admiro su trabajo y la sensibilidad que usted tiene. Saludos
    This rod I've loved, I will implement it. It seems super easy. Thanks for the tutorials and generosity. These recent works are very colorful and pleases the eye. His creations are spectacular and authentic hearts, congratulations. I admire your work and sensitivity you have. Greetings


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