Morcelain Porcelain

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The porcelain beads turned out to be very popular – with their wonderful high gloss and individual looks. This week we are bringing you more, but in some smaller sizes so they can be accents or main beads, instead of primarily as focals.

These 8x5mm rondelles – I did a double take that they were not lampwork beads at first – they have that distinctive fat donut shape. Aren’t they yummy?

s74324 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 8x5mm Donut Rondelle - Caramel (20)s74325 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 8x5mm Donut Rondelle - Mist Grey (20)s74332 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 8x5mm Donut Rondelle - Wine (20)

s74333 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 8x5mm Donut Rondelle - Teal (20)s74334 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 8x5mm Donut Rondelle - Goldenrod (20)s74336 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 8x5mm Donut Rondelle - Turquoise (20)

7mm rounds – think of the fun ways to use these. Biggish holes too – 2-3mm.

s74306 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 7mm Round - Orchid (20)s74307 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 7mm Round - Cherry (20)s74304 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 7mm Round - Bluebird (20)

s74302 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 7mm Round - Spring Green (20)s74303 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 7mm Round - Rose (20)s74305 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 7mm Round - Canary (20)

I called this shape “dished rounds” – although I am starting to call them “squashies” in my head. Or “collapsed balloons” – but I didn’t think that was very flattering to them. These are a large bead – focal sized – 34mm – that look like a large hollow bead that got flattened with a big thumbprint. (They are smooth – no finger print.) The dishy hollow just invites you to touch them and hold them. And the colors are more of the fabulous raku finish. If you are not familiar with raku – it is a method of finishing glazed and fired pottery that brings out metallics and variable surfaces. The technical process involves “cooling them in a reduction environment.” What that actually means is: they get pulled out of the kiln hot, and dumped into a bucket of sawdust, that then catches fire. The fire uses up the oxygen, and the glazes cool without oxygen in the immediate vicinity, giving them a different, and often unpredictable look. When you think of something cooling in the fire – you have to realize they come out of the kiln so hot that the sawdust is bursting into flames on contact – so cooling is a relative state here.  Tip: don’t try this indoors. Lotsa smoke.

s74300 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 34mm Dished Round - Duck Egg (5)s74301 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 34mm Dished Round - Nebula (5)s74317 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 34mm Dished Round - Phoenix Egg (5)

Then, we have some more shells – because what is a more natural match than shiny and shells?

s74323 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 33mm Scallop Shell - Tree Frog (2)s74322 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 33mm Scallop Shell - Cobalt Blue (2)s74320 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 33mm Scallop Shell - Rosebud (2)

And some spotted pods – sort of a round, but with minor ridges.

s74313 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 16mm Round Pods - Cobalt Blue (10)s74314 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 16mm Round Pods - Linen (10)s74309 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 16mm Round Pods - Energy (10)

And, somewhat random, because I thought they were cool, but couldn’t find more colors. I really wanted to get more shapes in this purple, but alas, none to be had. But the pods and the shells and the squashies do have matching colors, to some extent. We try – but, you know, hand-made.

s74331 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 15mm Sea Star - Duck Egg (10)s74338 Glazed Porcelain Bead - 16mm Oval - Purple Dusk (5)

So, lots of fun options in the Porcelain beads this week! Cheers!

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