I made this necklace in a class with Gwen Gibson many years ago. When I was thinking of the next T-Shirt necklace to make, I remembered these beads but not how I made them. Serendipity struck! I also remembered I had a DVD of Gwen making these beads. Voila! I found both the necklace and the DVD.
I am making the new beads a littledifferently but the basic principles are from Gwen's DVD (Creations Du Jour from the South of France Two from Polymer Clay Express).
First, I made base beads from scrap clay using a bead roller from Poly-Tools ( Pro Bead Creation System- Set 4) and baked them on the pins and baking rack from Poly-Tools. (Gwen did not bake her base beads before covering them.)
Fresh out of the oven
Next came the veneer to cover the base beads. I started with a UFO veneer sheet that was in my stash. Then I found some scrap clay in the same color combination, black and ecru, and I was on my way.
The veneers are made in large sheets and rolled out on number 6 on my Atlas pasta machine.
I added black bead caps to make a nicer finish to the ends.
The first batch of sanded and buffed beads.
So far, so good.......I think!
To be continued.