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MAKING BEADS
by Kim Kennedy
Step 1: Here we have some leftover green and white clay from a project and some "mud". I'm going to marble the green and white clay to cover the mud for a bead to go with the original project.
Step 2: The mud is rolled into a ball. Really, it is. It's currently squashed by the scanner lid, but it will be a ball again. I took the green and white clay, twisted it, then rolled it into a snake, and the snake into a ball. I flattened the ball, then ran it through the pasta machine on the widest (#1) setting. Turned, ran through on #3, then turned again and ran through on #4.
Step 3: The sheet of marbled clay is wrapped around the ball. I placed the prettiest part in the center of the ball. Now pinch off the tail. This may look like a lot of clay for the size of the ball, and it is, but I've learned it's better to have too much than have mud showing.
Step 4: The tail has been pinched off and set aside. Seams have been smoothed. Ball has been set on scanner bed and smooshed by lid. Now I'm thinking it might make a nice disk.
Step 5: The finished bead, nicely rounded, pierced and ready to go into the oven.
©2001 Kim Kennedy

Thank you, Kim! You can email her at beadyeyedbrat@yahoo.com, or visit her website at http://beadyeyedbrat.com

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