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For the focal bead you will need one (1) stick of Translucent, 1/4 stick of Gray Granite, and 1/8 stick Jungle.
Use a chopping technique to turn the colors into random chips. Keep chopping until you have a fine mix of the colors.
Grab the chips in your fist and gently push them together into a tight ball squeezing out the air bubbles. Set 1/2 of the mix aside to make beads. Roll the remaining mix into a long twisted snake tapered on both ends
Roll the tapered log up into a spiral. Press each layer together so it’s secure. Use the small Etch ’n’ Pearl to poke a hole at the top and three at the bottom. These holes will be used to connect the piece to the necklace and to attach charms. Bake the focal bead at 275°F for 30 minutes to cure.
Mix together 1/2 stick Wasabi and 1/2 stick White Gold Glitter to make Wasabi Glitter. To make a series of spacer beads, condition a stick of Jungle and form it into a log. Line the log with little strings of Wasabi Glitter and Gray Granite.
Roll and twist the log to create stripes. Keep the log short and tightly twisted. Poke the small Etch ’n’ Pearl into the log. Gently roll the log of clay on the skewer to lengthen it to about 1/4” thick. When you have the log the thickness that you’d like for beads, score it with the Super Slicer using a rolling cut to cut all the way through the clay to the skewer. Bake on the skewer at 275°F for 30 minutes. When cool, pull the entire log off the skewer and snap the beads apart on the scored lines.
Next we’ll make some organic shaped beads. Form an organic shaped log from 1/2 stick of Gray Granite.
Cut the log up into uneven pieces. Use an Etch ’n’ Pearl to poke holes through the pieces. As you poke holes, gently squeeze the pieces to make them even more unusual in shape like little pebbles
From Wasabi Glitter make seven (7) small oval shaped beads. Poke holes in them from end to end with an Etch ’n’ Pearl. From Jungle make eleven (11) round beads. From the remaining mixed color in Step 3, make three larger oval beads and poke them from side to side. Bake all the beads at 275°F for 30 minutes. When completely cool, string the beads on sections of monofilament or bead wire with E-beads, gold ball beads, or glass ball beads as spacers and a jump ring on each end as shown.
Fix in place with crimp beads on each end. Trim the string or wire
String a 3” long section on bead wire or monofilament of tube beads (from Step 6) with E-Beads for spacers. Fix in place with crimp beads on each end. Trim the string or wire.
String E-Beads, glass ball beads, and gold ball beads onto 2” eye pins. At the straight end, use round nose pliers to create another eye. Place a jump ring through each eye and close.
Add a jump ring to the top of the focal bead. At the bottom of the focal bead I used short sections of fine gold tone chain through the holes and attached beads with jump rings to the chain. Use the head pins to turn beads into charms by turning a loop at the straight end of the head pin with round nose pliers. Lay out the beaded sections you’ve created in Steps 9 and 12 to get an idea of how the beads look next to each other. Connect the sections together with a jump ring. I placed the tube beads (Step 11) along the back of the neck because those beads are very even in size and will be most comfortable across the neck. I placed the toggle and loop clasp half way between the bust and neck area. My entire necklace is 34” long so it slips on easily over the head. The clasp just adds another element to the mixed media design.